Trekking to Inle, Day 2 and Nyaung Shwe town.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.