30.11.2013 - 30.11.2013
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Up early this morning for another enormous breakfast provided by the hotel - starts with 2 different juices papaya and pineapple, yogurt with fruit, fruit platter, Parma ham and Swiss cheese, 4 different types of pastry, soup of the day, samosas, and tea and coffee after stuffing my face we take the 2.5 hour drive to Kakku where we are to see the Pa-O village and a collection of around 1200 stupas. After a long drive we arrive at our destination an are treated to the view of these 1200 stupas.'its amazing to see the shear quantity of the stupas which were built some 2000 years ago.
After walking through the stupas and hearing the guide take us through we stop for lunch - the menu has no prices but there is nothing else around so we order. When we ask for the bill - it seems like the just make up the prices as they go along and it costs me 5000 kyats or 5AUD for a soup!
After this we drive to the Pa-O village - we are taken to is old ladies house and are shown all the vegetables and dried chillis that she grows. She laughs with us even though she speaks no English and it's just nice to see someone that lives so simply be so happy with life. She shows her kitchen to us and see how spare and simple it is make me think that I could never cook in something so basic as wood fire and Calderon.
After the visit I brace myself for the 3 hour journey back to the hotel. We arrive back and head in for a walk around the small lake town. We stop at a cocktail bar and order a margarita, piña colada and tequila sunrise - never will u do that again the cocktails are horrible and we have a good laugh but they just haven't got making cocktails right yet half because of the mix and half because of the lack of order ingredients.
We retire to the hotel balcony for some coffee and honey cookies as we wait for tomorrow mornings flight to Yangon.