There's No Mandalay Bay, But There Are Really Cool Monks
09.10.2012 - 11.10.2012
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.
I bought them all ice cream bars, which they seemed to appreciate.
My baby monks
I ventured up Mandalay Hill for sunset. On the way up, I met a monk who accompanied me to the top.
He was fantastic! He came to accompany people to the top in order to practice his English.
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.
I also stopped by the largest monastery in the area to see them gather for their morning meal.
It was quite interesting to see all of the monks line up for their food
More baby monks
A Dutch guy from my hostel and I rented a horsecart at the village of Innwa and went all around examining ancient temples.
A leaning clocktower
Just a typical ride across the river...yes, there are chickens in that basket on the back of the bike
Sunset at the lake near Mandalay. Again, not a bay...not sure where Mandalay Bay comes from..
We stood on a beautiful old teak bridge that you can walk to cross the lake
What a sunset
A photographer's dream
All of the tourists going back to shore after the sunset