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Mandalay

There's No Mandalay Bay, But There Are Really Cool Monks

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My trip in Myranmar ended in Mandalay, where I explored the pagodas of Mandalay and met "baby monks," aka young monks whose parents put them in the monastery to get food, etc.
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I bought them all ice cream bars, which they seemed to appreciate.
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My baby monks
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I ventured up Mandalay Hill for sunset. On the way up, I met a monk who accompanied me to the top.
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He was fantastic! He came to accompany people to the top in order to practice his English.
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The same monk walked me home. “Home” was not close either. It was a good 7 km from Mandalay Hill. I swear, I am constantly astounded at the generosity of people I meet. I wanted to take him out to dinner to thank him but since monks can’t eat past noon, I bought him a Red Bull instead. (Monks do drink lots of Red Bull…go figure!) Going into the restaurant to get something to eat, I was the only woman there. We looked like a really bad joke: “A monk and a white foreigner walk into a bar…” That is until I got to Sri Lanka and during my first bus ride, an Imam (Muslim priest) sat next to a monk. I almost burst out laughing!! What a sight!

Another day, I took a daytrip to the nearby villages with large stupas and monasteries abounding the landscape.
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I also stopped by the largest monastery in the area to see them gather for their morning meal.
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It was quite interesting to see all of the monks line up for their food
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More baby monks
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A Dutch guy from my hostel and I rented a horsecart at the village of Innwa and went all around examining ancient temples.large_DSC00124.jpglarge_DSC00139.jpglarge_DSC00151.jpg
Hello Buddha

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A leaning clocktower
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Just a typical ride across the river...yes, there are chickens in that basket on the back of the bike

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Sunset at the lake near Mandalay. Again, not a bay...not sure where Mandalay Bay comes from..
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We stood on a beautiful old teak bridge that you can walk to cross the lake
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What a sunset
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A photographer's dream
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All of the tourists going back to shore after the sunset

Posted by kendallwallace 14:49 Archived in Myanmar Tagged mandalay

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