I survived the night bus, and how!!! It was a VIP bus(we paid for a normal one) and I had two chairs that could move so I could lay back. And best thing: a goodie bag! 😂But before getting on the night bus we experienced the first rain in Bagan since November. It was a big honor, especially because it wasn’t that bad and it was done in 20 min. The rain and storm was paired with a power down(my first one in south east Asia) and Simone and I had a good laugh about it because the hotel people had a little panic attack trying to put the generator on.
The next day we started our trekking tour, our big backpacks were shipped to the hotel at the Inle lake and we only took our (3!!) day(s)bag. We had the sweetest guides and a really nice group. We made so much fun together and had the best time laughing about the older French guy who was hitting on us younger girls and his girlfriend making fun of him. At the lunch place, which was a home stay with lovely people and the best lunch, I discovered a blister😫. I put a plaster on it and was hoping it would get better(it wasn’t). At the end of the beautiful first trekking day we arrived at the place where we would sleep. The shower was a bucket and was in the middle of the houses, which was a bit weird. After asking the girl guide she showed us a little more covered shower, still a bucket. I’ve functioned as a shower curtain while someone else was standing at the other side and one of the girls was able to shower. I wasn’t brave/dirty enough to take such a shower. So we got “some” beers at the local shop and had a good night together.
We woke up early to, again, an amazing meal. The guides also functioned as cooks. When we were halfway, we got at a river where we could have a shower according to the guides, which they told us with the biggest smile. So we did. Got some shampoo and washed our hair in the river. After another 2 hour walk we arrived at the next home stay. There was a cow in the garden so I was the happiest person, for a bit. Just before dinner the cow disappeared, but the woman ensured us that the cow was just sleeping 😂. All the food was vegetarian btw so we trusted her.
Because of my personal nurse, Simone, my blister got cleaned and taken care of. Felt good to walk on flip flops for the evening. At this home stay we also had a bucket shower but luckily a little more covered. Burmese heights, so I couldn’t stand up straight while taking a “shower” because all the people who were walking by on half a meter distance would have seen me😂. But I can at least check “bucket shower” of my bucket list.
The next morning everybody forgot to put an alarm so we got woken up by the guide saying: “excuse me, good morning, bonjour(for the French people) breakfast is ready!!” When we got down there was a big stack of pancakes waiting for us! 😱🥞
After again a couple of hours walking, and changing to flip flops as soon as we reached the town, we got on a boat to go to the town we were sleeping. I had one of the most amazing showers of my life and was so happy!! I got a traditional massage, which extended the soreness of walking for 12 hours, and went to a Burmese puppet show. After that we met up with the young part of the group at the night market and had some drinks. A Burmese guy was joining us and when we left we noticed that he was driving a bike taxi. I, of course, wanted to try for a bit and even with my long skirt I managed(and no the film is not in slow-motion, that is just the speed we were going in). When Simone and I arrived at our hotel the gate and door were closed and the bell, which we had to ring with a piece of bamboo, was not working. I thought I saw the door being unlocked and we climbed the fence, still in my long skirt. We had so much fun, especially when we noticed that the door was locked. We had the bounce on the door and wake up the whole family to get inside. 😂
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The next day we got a organized boat tour. We saw so many things around the lake and it was really nice. Especially when the boat driver told us: “do you wanna eat at my house? My wife can cook for you.” It was a good lunch and we were able to talk with the people and even got Burmese sunscreen on our faces. But then we had to pay 2,5 times as much as what we should have paid at a restaurant. We felt bad but couldn’t bargain because the boat driver still had to bring us around the lake. The afternoon was still nice though, we saw the Myanmar Karen long neck family and we visited a factory where they make scarfs and skirts of silk. We also got to see how they make Burmese cigars.
We ended the day with a happy hour cocktail and a dinner close to the night market. There was a big podium at the market and one of the young waiters got really excited about the band that was playing. When he came back after about an hour, he came to our table to tell us that the band was coming to his restaurant to have a drink. We wanted to see where he was all excited about and when I paid a little to much interest the mom of the little waiter pulled me to their table and I had to sit with the band. No idea why and no idea what I had to say to them. So after 2 minutes I was back with my friends again. When we told the boys at our hotel later that we saw the band they told us it wasn’t such a famous band and it was only famous in the area. While we thought we met the most famous Myanmar pop band.☺️
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This morning Simone left for the beach and I changed from the hotel to the most funny hostel ever. The rules they have are brought in such a funny way and I had to laugh for 10 min reading the form. Also the check-in form had some good point: “sex” this is not a yes or no question, “age” please be honest and “name you would like to be called aka artist name”
Now I’m sipping at my cocktail at the rooftop bar after a long day of relaxing.