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second day in hot bagan

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horseman
we took an early flight out of yangon to go a little further up north to the ancient city of bagan. it was our good luck, that a few minutes on our way to the hotel, we passed by a street procession. mr. sun, who was our guide for the duration of our stay, told us it was a family celebration for children who are going into the monastery. there, they'll be taught the ways of buddhism. there was a horseman, and an elephant dancer. mr. sun said that richer families would sometimes rent a real live elephant.

after that was a little trip to the local market, to look for souvenirs, interact with the locals, and of course, take more pictures..

and try on the local dress. i only wanted to try the skirt, but the lady in the store decided to put the top on as well.
elephant dancer
after that, was a brief stop at a local coffee shop. food was finished faster than you can say "bagan".and what do you know, the coffee shop was beside a small artist's house. i was haunted by one painting, but decided to buy one of these. they just seemed like a positive likeness of our experience (so far)in myanmar

our guide offered to take us to the hotel for some lunch and rest. but we all knew we had limited time to look at a lot of temples, so we decided to set aside the hotel trip. i mean, really, who can think of the airconditioned comfort of the hotel, and the normalcy of hotel food when one sees these on the road?

we had a lot of road stops to take pictures. after that, it was information overload: on each temple's history, burmese history and of course, buddhism.
market place
each and every one of those structures had a special story, and a special name. i'm still having trouble connecting the name to which temple. but each one of them, was breathtaking..

if it were up to us, we would have continued to go around, take hundreds (maybe thousands) of pictures. but mr. sun, with his gentle but firm manner, told us to have some lunch to prepare ourselves for the highlight (what highlight? everything we saw were highlights) of the trip. but first, was lunch with a view of the irrawady river. this is one of the cleanest rivers i've seen, considering that it runs from north to south of the whole country.

mr. sun was right. we needed to sit down, and contemplate on the amazing things we've just seen. we had after the meal, we proceeded to the "sunset pagoda", popular because of it's view of the whole of bagan. we didn't go inside the pagoda. we climbed it. there was no sunset to speak of, because the grey clouds started moving in. and there was a slight drizzle. taking one lst look at the pagoda, we headed off, finally, for the hotel...

...where we had a nice dinner, and a taste of the local beer. the perfect end to a perfect day (well, not too perfect. our feet got burned, after all)

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horseman
horseman
elephant dancer
elephant dancer
market place
market place
old lady in bagan
old lady in bagan
truck
truck
local dress
local dress
food..again
food..again
painting
painting
happy painting
happy painting
handicrafts store
handicrafts store
white temple
white temple
more temples (as seen from the roa…
more temples (as seen from the ro…
diovie
diovie
moi
moi
little monks
little monks
coffe fairy
coffe fairy
by the road
by the road
again, by the road
again, by the road
with the girls
with the girls
friendly girl we met at the temple
friendly girl we met at the temple
loner temple
loner temple
gnat (angel)
gnat (angel)
myanmar beer, yeah!
myanmar beer, yeah!
mandalay beer, yeah again!
mandalay beer, yeah again!
sweet gesture from hotel boys
sweet gesture from hotel boys
sweet greetings from the hotel roo…
sweet greetings from the hotel ro…
even covered, it still sparkles
even covered, it still sparkles
gold!
gold!
gold2
gold2
coffee fairy
coffee fairy
umbrella
umbrella
breathtaking temple
breathtaking temple
kissing the clouds
kissing the clouds
walk on the marble
walk on the marble
monks
monks
irrawady river
irrawady river
guess what
guess what
of course!
of course!
before eating
before eating
aoisoba and planisphere
aoisoba and planisphere
sunset pagoda
sunset pagoda
view from the top
view from the top
view from the top2
view from the top2
yes, from the top
yes, from the top
tower
tower
taking pictures...
taking pictures...
cloudy sunset
cloudy sunset
storm brewing
storm brewing
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photo by: planisphere