Cycling in central Myanmar is most enjoyable. Many of these photos feature scenes in Bagan, site of many impressive pagodas.
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Have just returned from cycling in Myanmar (and Bangkok! at night! crazy or what?). The five days of cycling was pretty marvellous, enabling the usual handlebar height perusal of picturesque countryside, with many a ‘Mingalaba!’ (hello) along the way with the friendly locals. Sadly my camera died suddenly while I was snapping women roadworkers, and my backup camera only lasted for a few more days, so my picture haul isn’t so great. However…
Myanmar is facing the challenge of extreme poverty in many parts, staggering corruption, poor infrastructure to cater for all the tourists wanting to visit, and mountains of rubbish polluting the environment, AND all the political, economic and social issues not being addressed by this blogger. One cannot turn around without seeing a Buddha, Pagoda or monk: Buddhism is taken very, very seriously.
And monks line up daily for the gift of food. All males are expected to do at least two stints (of extremely flexible length: 1 day to forever) as monks in their lifetime.
On the road, we saw beautiful trees in flower…
And just one more Buddha for this post (a large one):
Yay! the Buckinghamia celsissima are in flower. One of Brisbane’s favourite street trees is showing off. These blonde beauties are flinging their ivory curls about and filling the air with perfume. Nice.
Don’t you just love a bit of alliteration to start the day? The blogger’s friend. I pedalled past this Buddha and just had to sneak a photo – what a smile to come home to every evening! He’s laughing, the yard needs work, but who cares? Be happy!
Messing about in boats: rowers on the river on a (thankfully) much cooler morning. The heatwave is taking a holiday and it’s great cycling weather.