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Burma – Part 3 . . .

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

The last city in Myanmar ( metric for Burma, or is Burma metric for Myanmar ) we visited is called Heho.  Heho is home to Inle Lake.  We flew from Bagan to Heho.

Flying in Burma is safe, but there is a substantial language gap.  If you can’t speak/read/understand Burmese, there can be issues.  That is why our guides always help with check-in, etc.  However for security reasons, non-passengers cannot accompany you to the gate and assure you get on the correct flight.  Thankfully, they have a system for that – STICKERS.

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At check-in, each passenger gets a color coded sticker with the logo of the airline.

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When you arrive in the waiting area, there really aren’t gates, the first thing you do is find a local person with the same sticker as you.  Then when that local person who can understand/speak/comprehend Burmese gets on the plane, you follow them.

After following the correct sticker and arriving in Heho,  we went for a hike through the forest ( metric for jungle ).

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We saw some cool trees.

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At the end of the hike was an elephant park.

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Where we got to feed the elephants.

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And although we didn’t get to give a monkey a shower, we did give an elephant a bath.

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The following day we toured Inle Lake in canoes with car engines.

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Inle Lake is home to over 70,000 people whose lives depend on this body of water.  Fishing is just one of the many ways the local people make their way.

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There are markets.

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And textile factories.

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And cigar shops.

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Their entire lives can be spent on the water.

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Although our balloon trip over Bagan was cancelled, we did get another opportunity.

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To make things even more interesting, the pilots practice a water landing.

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And landing on land is pretty fun as well.

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The last bit of our Myanmar trip was taking the little Stockdales for a cooking class.

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Without a doubt, our trip to Myanmar was one of our favorites since coming to Asia over six years ago.

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Oh yeah . . .

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2016 at 3:21 am

Happy birthday to the crazy little Stockdale.

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Happy birthday to Mrs. Stockdale.

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Happy birthday to the furry little Stockdale.

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Happy birthday to the middle little Stockdale.

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And, look at all the new tote bags!

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Burma – Part II . . .

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2016 at 4:35 am

The next destination for the Stockdales in Burma ( metric for Myanmar ) was Bagan.

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If you were going to spend one single day in Asia over the course of your entire life, Bagan would be toward the top of the list of destinations you would consider.  In an area of about 20 square miles ( metric for 34-ish square kilometers ) there are over 2,200 temples.  No matter which direction you look ( except if you were on the edges and you looked away or closed your eyes ) all you see for miles and miles ( metric for kilometers and kilometers ) are temples.

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The Stockdales were very lucky on this trip ( Mrs. Stockdale didn’t get bit by another rabid puppy of death and a month after our visit they stopped letting people climb on top of the temples. )

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In Bagan, we had a guide.  She told us her name countless times, but none of us could remember it.  So, we just called her Betty.  Betty was a wealth of knowledge and Mrs. Stockdale thoroughly enjoyed the countless hours spent with Betty.

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We saw many temples.

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Inside each of these temples were many Buddha.  In Islam, you can’t draw Muhammad.  In Buddhism, you cover every square inch ( metric for two centimeters ) with his image.

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Mrs. Stockdale especially enjoyed Betty explaining every single Buddha and why he is sitting, standing, laying, or his hands are this way or that.

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I unfortunately missed some of Betty’s most captivating and interesting discussions because I was inconveniently ( metric for conveniently ) taking pictures or just wandering about trying to avoid the captivating and interesting discussions about when and why each of these Buddha were this way or that way.

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On our second day in Bagan, the Stockdale awoke before dawn to go hot air ballooning.

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When you go hot air ballooning, you get a free hat.

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The best part of hot air ballooning is that when they send up the test balloon

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and determine that it’s too windy, you get to keep the hat!  The free hat is even better than a tote-bag because it’s a constant reminder for the little Stockdales that they were supposed to go up in a hot air balloon, but their hopes and dreams were thoroughly crushed by the weather and some misguided idea that things are supposed to be safe.

After returning to the hotel for breakfast, we proceeded to see more temples, more Buddha, we watched some monks eat

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and then we had a picnic.

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Keep a close eye out for Part 3 when we give a monkey a shower.

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