Myanmar
Insein

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    • Day 3

      The Not So Circular Train and Night Bus

      January 20, 2019 in Myanmar ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      We booked our first night bus for Bagan for tonight so today was about getting rest and planning around getting to the bus station which is pretty far from town.

      We had quite a lazy morning having breakfast, chatting to the other guests in the youth hostel and sharing ideas. It got to about 11am and we still hadn't showered or packed to check out, so we quickly did. By this time it was now time for lunch so we joined a German guy for Shan Noodles (it's like an Asian bolognese, seriously delicious).

      After lunch we picked up our bags and headed off to the circle line. Now we were prewarned, it's not actually a circle anymore but it was more beneficial this was anyway as it took us half way to our bus station for our night bus.

      For the first half an hour the journey was quite fun and the train wasn't too crowded but after it got very crowded, hot and stuffy. It was just one sweaty mess. The locals were very sweet though and there were some adorable tiny babies. One watched Will in amazement while he was eating an orange and then took a segment. He was adorable! Would I recommend the journey to others? It's an interesting way of watching locals go about their day but if you have been to any other SEA Country then no you don't need to do this. It was about 2 hours long and that wasn't even the whole way.

      We arrived at Insein Station pretty early so we stopped for an overpriced stir fry veg but the owner was really pleasant and chatted to us for a while and instead of getting a taxi recommended that we get a bus all the way to the station. Perfect! Even though pretty early we jumped on the bus and that was much more comfortable.

      We arrived at the station with plenty of time so sat and read our books waiting for our bus. When it came it looked super luxurious and fancy... But looks can be deceiving...
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    • Day 29

      Yangon Circle Train, Yangon, Myanmar

      November 27, 2016 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Heute drehen wir mit dem Zug eine Runde durch Yangon. Ein alter Zug, ohne Türen und Fenster, der ca alle halbe Stunde losfährt und an etwa 20 Stationen anhält und dafür knappe drei Stunden unterwegs ist.
      Das Leben im Zug ist sehr abwechslungsreich, die einheimischen Mitfahrenden wechseln laufend und wir staunen, was diese alles dabei haben (riesige Säcke mit gesammelten Plastiktüten, Säcke voller Kräuter, laut schallende Boxen, jeder hat ein Handy und Hunde von denen wir meinen, dass sie verkauft werden). Dazwischen sitzen ein paar wenige Touristen.
      Richtig lebendig wird es aber, wenn die vielen fliegenden Händler durch den Zug rufen. Es gibt Äpfel, Mandarinen, Limonen, gekochte Tauben- und Hühnereier, Papaya-Schnitze mit scharfer Sauce, Wassermelonen. Und natürlich den heimischen Kautabak.
      Während es im Zug sehr spannend anzusehen ist sind wir schockiert, wie es draussen aussieht. Berge von Müll liegen entlang der Bahnlinie. Die Bäche und Flüsse sind voll davon. Kinder spielen darin. Und niemand scheint sich darum zu kümmern, dass dieser Zustand besser wird.
      Nach drei Stunden sind wir darum froh, wieder an unserer Station zu sein und den Zug verlassen zu können.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Insein, အင္းစိန္ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္

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