Trekking to Inle, Day 2 and Nyaung Shwe town.

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Dave and me greeting head monk of the monastry

Woke up to the sound of bells, it was 4am and sign that the practice for the monks to start.
My sleep wasn't really great on that night, someone on my left was snoring loud all night long and I kept on having strange dreams, but I was excited to wake up. I wanted to join the little monks chanting.

Dave and Fredelico got up slightly earlier than I did, and I joined them soon. But I didn't know how to chant so I just sat on the floor and listened to their voice chanting mantra.
Other guys got up one by one, and they also sat and listened to mantra. I had to go back to bed because it was freezing and needed to wear something more to warm my stomach up, but eveyone else (but Philip) woke up and joined the prayers.

After the prayers, Philip woke up at last and breakfast was ready.

It was massive again but we only had short time to get ready because John needed to catch the afternoon bus from Nyaung Shwe to Yangon.
We greeted to the head monk of the monastry. He said we had met as a friend, as family or as lovers in the past before we were born, so we were led to that place and met each other. It was really lovely and it made me feel even more that I would want to cherish the relationship with the people I met during this trip.

Then we started to walk again. At first we were walking on the well maintained road and it was really easy. It started to rain suddenly and most guys had umbrellas instead of rain jackets, but it was still OK.

The end of the trail
But after it stopped raining, we came to muddy part again.
According to a local tribe lady that Robin talked to, there was a big flood on last night and 3 kids were wiped out. They also said that it was raining more than they wanted and they were worried about the harvest of the year. We felt really sorry for the sad story and hoped things would get better.

The trail was slippery, but everyone was helping each other even more than we did on the previous day.
We lent our hands to those who needed. And cared each other. After appx 20km hike, we finally got to the end of the trail.We were given a great fried rice noodles and cookies, and after the lunch, we took our group pics.

We rode on 2 boats to head to Nyaung Shwe town after the meal. It was a great tour because we could see how people are living on the lake.

Group pic with everyone!
We saw people fishing in their traditional way, and also people getting harvest on the floating fields. Some were selling veggies on the boats. It was really lovely trip until we get to the bridge at Nyaung Shwe town.

When Dave, Phillip and myself arrived at the pier at the bridge, everyone else was already there. We walked to the pickup point of the luggage and exchanged our email addresses. It was really great to have those great guys company all through the trek. We gave each other hugs and kisses and said goodbye.

Mariangela, Fredelico and I made an appointment of the dinner because we were flying out from Heho airport on the same day and decided to share the taxi. We also asked if Philip would like to join the dinner and he said yes, so we four decided to meet up again on the same evening.

Start of boat trip across Inle Lake
Tobi and Dave left earlier and I decided to come with Philip to find rooms for us. At the 2nd guesthouse we picked, we found cozy rooms for both of us, and we made an appointment to go to the meeting point with those guys together.

After then, I didn't feel like doing anything special, so doing laundry and shower, I just went out to see what was going on in town. It was a small town but a bit touristic. Guys at the pier were asking me if I wanted to join the boat trip tomorrow, but it didn't sound very appealing to me because those boat trips just visit touristic villeges of Padaun tribes (long neck tribes), visiting silver smit shops or some touristic monastries in due course. I just wanted to see a bit of local people's life.

But the town itself was lovely. When I was passing by the barbershop, the wife of the owner and her baby were waving their hands.

Harvest
We chatted for a bit even their English wasn't very good.

I went back to the guesthouse after a short walk in the town and met a few other travelers and chatted for a bit, and played with a baby and girls at the guesthouse and knocked on Philip's door since it was the time for the meetup.
He was half asleep but ready for dinner (he is such a sleepyhead!) When we came to the meeting point, Dave and Tobi were there! They said Mariangela and Fredelico met them earlier and told them the meeting point. Good we could have dinner together again!

So we went to local canteen together and enjoyed some draught beer and some burmese dishes. After dinner, we also played shithead like we did during the hike. It was so much fun.

Everyone was unsure what to do on the following day, and I said I would go for a cycling instead of boat trip, and Tobi and Dave said they had the same idea depending on the weather.

People were living on the lake and canal.
We made an appointment for the following day and said goodnight.

Mariangela and Fredelico were staying in the same GH where Philip and I were staying. But P was leaving tomorrow so they were saying goodbye to each other. (It was funny when Mariangela asked him how many kisses he does in his country... it's totally an European thing! Hahahahaha.) And Philip and I made an appointment to meet up again in Yangon to see the sunset at Shwedagon.

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Dave and me greeting head monk of …
Dave and me greeting head monk of…
The end of the trail
The end of the trail
Group pic with everyone!
Group pic with everyone!
Start of boat trip across Inle Lake
Start of boat trip across Inle Lake
Harvest
Harvest
People were living on the lake and…
People were living on the lake an…
Fried egg on toast!
Fried egg on toast!
Our bedroom
Our bedroom
Monastry we stayed for a night
Monastry we stayed for a night
She told us 3 kids were killed bec…
She told us 3 kids were killed be…
Saint looking Fredelico
Saint looking Fredelico
Drinking may be quite naughty thin…
Drinking may be quite naughty thi…
Elementary school
Elementary school
Kids were waving their hands to us
Kids were waving their hands to us
People plant rice on the lake
People plant rice on the lake
Potatoes, tomatoes and peppers wer…
Potatoes, tomatoes and peppers we…
Huge Inle lake
Huge Inle lake
Statue in the mid of lake
Statue in the mid of lake
Local fisherman
Local fisherman
I dont know what the building on …
I don't know what the building on…
Monastry
Monastry
We are coming to the end
We are coming to the end
Pagoda along the canal of Nyaung S…
Pagoda along the canal of Nyaung …
Barber shop at Nyaung Shwe
Barber shop at Nyaung Shwe
Wife and babygirl of Barbershop
Wife and babygirl of Barbershop
Bridge
Bridge
Meeting up for beer!
Meeting up for beer!
Inle Lake
photo by: lucyglaser