02.12.2013 - 02.12.2013 33 °C
After a relatively relaxing day yesterday ‘meandering’ from one place to another, shot out of the gates early this morning, skipped breakfast, but consumed my first cup of brewed coffee in 10 days.
The one thing about Myanmar that concerns me is the lack of freshly brewed coffee (first world problems I know). However, after surviving on instant 3 in 1 packets (milk powder, sugar and what loosely resembles coffee) with luke warm water, I was pretty desperate for a nice cup.
Anyways a few coffees later and I have all the energy in the world to tackle, a walk around the beautiful Inya Lake, the largest of the lakes in Yangon. I thought we had got there early but so many locals had already arrived for their morning exercise, which made the walk even more special being able to chat and smile with the every friendly people of Myanmar. This is the one this I have noticed with consistency, everyone, absolutely everyone we have met in Myanmar could not do enough to help us, chat or just through a smile our way, definitely a candidate for friendlies nation.
There we some beautiful views, and lunch will have to be had looking at them. We choose a restaurant right on the water’s edge, with its Milk Crate décor and extremely low tables, its what I will describe as quaint. However, the food is amazing and could not be topped, perfect combination between spice and sweetness.
From Inya Lake and Gardens, we hop a taxi to the Shwedagon Pagoda which is the most impressive man made landmark in Yangon and you can practically see its gold leave dome from everyone corner of the City.
We are told that as the sun sets over the Swedagon Pagoda, the gold leaf domes really starts to shine. So after a few escalators up we are greeted by its magnificence. The one thing that puts a slight damper on things is the strobe light, Christmas lights, or fairy lights that they place around the heads on the effigies and statues of Buddha, it’s almost looks like he has dressed for a rave (or for the kids and grandparents – a disco).
As the sun sets, something unexpected happens, what I can only describe as stadium light turn on and shine down on the gold roof lighting it up (so not really the sun setting then) which is a shame because the lights really ruin any photos you can take, unless like the pro’s you scouted a great location beforehand.
With the sun set and things getting dark we head off for dinner and retire for another night.