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the road to yangon
friday, 2:30 pm: on the way to the hotel, mr. sun, in a very calm manner, told us that our flight back to yangon was cancelled because of a storm. not to worry, though. the agency had prepared a van and assigned a driver to take us there by land. we were going on a road trip. a 14-hour road trip. by the agency's calculations, we would be in yangon by 7 am the next day, with just enough time for breakfast at hotel and catch our 10am flight back to singapore.

coming from a country that gets frequently visited by typhoons, we treated this road trip as a minor inconvenience, nothing really serious. so we headed back to the hotel, quickly packed up and waited for the van and our new driver who was going to take us to yangon. we waited for an hour. apparently, we were not going to pass by any gasoline station, so our driver had to stock up gas by the gallons in the van.
the road to yangon2

3:30 pm: saying our goodbyes to mr. sun, we loaded up in the van and prepared ourselves for the very, very long ride. there were jokes, talks about how everything was so inspiring, and still more picture-taking. we stopped by a little town to buy some food.

8:00 PM: we made a brief stop in another town (i'd forgotten the name) for dinner. that would be our last meal (apart from the cookies and chips we bought earlier), until we got to the hotel in yangon the next day.

and after that, we were back on the road again. after running out of stories to tell and songs to sing, we all fell asleep.
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the road to yangon
the road to yangon
the road to yangon2
the road to yangon2
stocking up on food
stocking up on food
roadside, somewhere in myanmar
roadside, somewhere in myanmar
food!
food!
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