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Apr 24, 2008 - April 17-24 - Mandalay, Hsipaw, & Yangoon

So after our awesome experience at Inle, we were slightly disappointed by the city of Mandalay...or maybe its just cities in general. We hung around for a a day or two, rented bikes and tried to bike up Mandalay hill (to avoid government fees of course) which was killer in the 45 degree heat. The ride down was pretty nice though, although the brakes on our bikes were a little sketchy! We found a really quaint little Nepali food restaurant which is where we spent most of our time, and met a really great local trishaw driver. But with the...

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Feb 20, 2008 - Mandalay, again, and again

Thirteen hours later we were back in Mandalay and the circuit was complete. The trip had been a highlight and I was sad it was over, but excited to move on, and FINALLY!! I could check the internet! As expected, Baby Ainsley had arrived without complications and I had taken long enough that they’d had time to organize some photos. What a doll! She’ll be so much bigger when I get home. Immediately, I regretted being so far from home, but it didn’t take me long to get over it. She’ll be much more fun to play with in a couple of months. As...

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Feb 11, 2008 - Mandalay, again

Back to Mandalay for some serious planning and scheduling. After much deliberation, Giovanna and I have decided to head north to Katha and try the boat down the Ayeyarwady River. Aisling is running out of time and can’t make the trip, which is unfortunate, we were a good trio. The train leaves today, and after way to much confusion, we managed to arrange a sleeping berth. Hopefully it is what we expect. For what we paid though, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up in regular seats, for 12 – 20 hours. That’s the closest approximation they...

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Feb 7, 2008 - Mandalay

Well. I survived the bus ride. It was as cold and long as expected. Thankfully I had my blanket and no one was in the seat next to me so I could stretch out. We arrived at 5 am, which turned out to be a good thing because I managed to get the only room in the best guesthouse in town. I spent the next 4 days hanging around Mandalay taking in the sights, and there’s alot of them. Four ancient cities are within 30 km’s of the city, and they’re all unique for one reason or another. One has a rickety old 1.2 km long teak bridge over the...

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Oct 1, 2007 - Back from Burma

Re:Back from Burma Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 23:45:13 +0000 Dear Textile Friends, We are back in Bangkok and last night Deb left for home. Darryl and I leave in two more days. We did get to Burma, Yangon and Mandalay, and into Amarapura which is the seat of the local textile industry. We didn't find many hand weavers, but the ones we did meet were interesting. Since the unrest in Burma has been the top story in world news for the past two weeks, I thought some of you might be interested in a first hand account. This is taken from an...

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Sep 22, 2007 - Spinning & Weaving Museum - Visiting Mandalay

We decided to go ahead and make the trip to Mandala. The protests have been non-violent and small. We and folks we spoke to did not anticipate any big reaction anytime soon. They expected it to get bigger but the monks were encouraging everyone to stay calm. The street flooding had drained off and the day looked better with sun. After a 2 hour flight via Began to Mandalay we found our way to our hotel and met up with our driver and our guide. He had been a teacher until the schools were closed and now made his living as a guide. We visited...

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Aug 17, 2007 - Mandalay and the bartering Burmese Shri Lankan

Mandalay was a great city for antique shopping. It is as illegal to take Antiques out of Burma as it is to sell them. We found our favorite Antique shop on a back alley in Burmese Shri Lankan's garage. He had everything for British Swards to Hill Tribe Head dresses and 17th century monetary doors. Never mind how he got them. As I was searching through the treasures Brian and the Burmese Shri Lankan where making small talk. He asked Brian where got his watch it looked like the one he saw in a magazine that had a GPS built into it. The...

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Dec 8, 2006 - MYANMAR: Mandalay

Mandalay is a good base for discovering many of the attractions up North. The big draw to the city is the ancient cities and their many pagodas. The standard of the guesthouses are poor with the prices totally out of line. After a 3 hour accommodation hunt in the hot blazing sun we eventually found a guesthouse in a lovely neighborhood in the city. We met Australian Matt there, who hired a driver with us for the day and ended up traveling with us over the next week or so. Matt is one of the most laid-back chaps I ever met being big into...

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Dec 1, 2006 - MYANMAR: Pyin U Lwin

Max and I were just dozing off on the night-bus from Taungyi when Chris jumped on at Kalaw. He ended up joining us on our trip to Hsipaw and the three of us were pretty much inseparable for the next 3 weeks! Chris is German and certainly a character. His natural bubbliness and energy meant he was great fun to be around. Always entertaining us and the locals with his attempts at speaking Burmese. We decided to make a stop in Pyin U Lwin on our way to Hsipaw, breaking the trip. We hired bikes and enjoyed an 8km downhill cycle to Anisakan...

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Nov 12, 2006 - Upriver from Mandalay

Yet another pretty bad night's sleep with noisy generator...no generator...fan on...fan off...window open/noisy traffic, etc, etc, but a general theme of very hot and sticky. So a trishaw to the river (Arewaddy) and a ferry upriver to Mingun. I have added a little movie clip just to give some impression of the people around. I keep trying to do ones that catch the madness at crossroads, but may wait till Vietnam for that, where I am told it is much worse. It was interesting to see life around the riverbank, a lot of it a pretty precarious...

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Nov 11, 2006 - Monk hills

Today we hired a taxi for the day to explore some of the stuff in the countryside around Mandalay, with our trishaw driver acting as a sort of guide, or at least helping me with my Burmese words. First we went to a place called Amarapura, most famous for this mile long teak bridge across a lake, hugely photogenic and nice. On the way there we stopped at this big pagoda to check out the view from the top, only, as a lady (as women are called in Bath) Erica wasn't allowed up on the terrace, so I went up, in bare feet as usual, only to find a...

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Nov 10, 2006 - The road to Mandalay

I wasn't keen on 12 hours on a ferry, and Erica couldn't face 12 hours on a crowded local bus on bad roads, so for the sake of $35 each we flew. Another fitful night's sleep, too drafty with the air-conditioning, murder without it. And another mad taxi ride to the airport. I am fairly certain all third-world taxi drivers are amphetamine abusers. At first sight, after driving through a lot of flooded rice paddies from the airport, the city of Mandalay was a bit brain damage; bedlam, and not very attractive, nor was our hotel. On the advice...

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