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Kyaukpadaung

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  • Day5

    Popa

    May 25 in Myanmar

    We managed a bit more of a leisurely start this morning, only 0730, and had time for a bit of breakfast before we were collected by our car to take us on the roughly 50km drive to Popa.
    For those who have never heard of Popa, and I hadn’t before we started looking at coming here, it is a monastery in the mountains that sits at the top of a volcanic plug, it has pretty much vertical sides all the way round and there is a staircase that winds round the outside to get to the top. A small village has grown up around the base of it, no doubt initially to look after the needs of the monks but now probably as much for the tourists as the monks. Visually it is quite spectacular. It’s also a welcome few degrees cooler than Bagan.
    There are a couple of different entrances you can use to start your ascent, our driver directed us towards one that was flanked by a couple of painted stone elephants but was still less obvious than the main one, which most people use and where the majority of the lower down monkeys hang out. There are quite a lot of monkeys and they are quite bold, running up to people and grabbing stuff, one tried to grab my bottle of water but soon realised that was a mistake. Now with there being quite a lot of monkeys there is quite a lot of monkey poo, much of which seemed to be on the steps and the flat bits between the steps. But there are guys whose job it is to clean up so apart from the smell it wasn’t too bad. That is until after just a short way when it was time for the socks and shoes to come off and go in a locker (to prevent the monkeys stealing them) and for us to continue in bare feet. If I were to say that Tanya was not happy at having to walk in / around the monkey poo that would be an understatement, but we pushed on.
    Now about those steps, I was sure that I’d read one of the quotes that there were about 260, give or take a few, depending on which route you took and I had told Tanya as much. Well it was quickly apparent to me that there were quite a few more than that, 812 to be precise - I counted them on the way down. I don’t think Tanya would have made the ascent if she’d known that, I think I would have been dispatched to take photos and she would have retired to the nearest coffee shop or bar. But I didn’t tell her and she made it, I think she was quite glad she did.
    Needless to say we didn’t race to the top and every time we stopped we seemed to get approached by local people asking us to have a photo taken with them. It’s happened at other locations while we’ve been in Myanmar, we don’t mind but it does seem a bit strange that you might end up posing for someone else’s holiday photos. It’s mainly ladies that have asked us so I did suggest to Tanya that perhaps it was my photo they really wanted but they asked her as well because they didn’t want her to feel left out, I can’t put what she said in reply as persons under the age of 18 might be reading but I could perhaps summarise it as, “don’t be silly!!!”.
    The view from the top was well worth the climb and the descent was a whole lot easier than the ascent, then it was back in the car for the journey back to the hotel. We got back around 1230 giving Tanya plenty of time to scrub the monkey poo off of her feet and have a couple of beers before we went for a bit of late lunch.
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  • Day11

    Bagan

    October 15, 2016 in Myanmar

    Nach knapp 10 Tagen habe ich das Gefühl ich wäre schön ewig unterwegs und könnte auch noch ewig so weiter machen. Jeden Tag lernt man neue Leute kennen, die einem von Ländern oder Orten erzählen, die man unbedingt noch sehen sollte und Dinge, die man unbedingt noch ausprobieren sollte. Meine Bucket List wird gerade immer länger - zum Glück hab ich ja noch über 11 Monate vor mir, um wenigstens ein paar der Dinge abzuhaken 😂

    Meine Zeit in Bagan zu beschreiben ist gar nicht so einfach. Mir fallen tausend Dinge zu gleich ein, die beeindruckend waren und Momente, die ich hoffentlich nie vergessen werde.

    Für Myanmar ist Bagan verhältnismäßig ein sehr touristischster Ort, aber man muss den Sonnenaufgang einfach einmal von einer der tausenden Pagoden gesehen haben (es sind tatsächlich tausende, ich übertreibe ausnahmsweise mal nicht 😂 und auf viele davon darf man wirklich raufklettern). Jeden Morgen gegen 5 Uhr ging sie los, die Suche nach dem perfekten Spot - eine möglichst leere Pagode mit dem perfekten Blick auf den Sonnenaufgang.

    Neben dem Sonnenaufgang hat Bagan auch noch einiges zu bieten, man muss einfach "planlos" mit dem Scooter durch die Gegend düsen und die vielen Eindrücke genießen. Sehr spannend war z.B. ein kurzer Abstecher über die größte Matsch-"Straße" (es hatte in der Nacht geschüttet) in eines der einheimischen Dörfer. Hier leben die Leute noch recht ursprünglich, freuen sich aber extrem, wenn sich Leute mal zu ihnen verirren. Sie zeigen dann voller Stolz ihr zu Hause bzw. ihr Handwerk und landen einen auf Tee und Erdnüsse - die natürlich selbst angebaut werden, ein. Die Verständigung klappt auch irgendwie mit Händen und Füßen. Bevor wir allerdings weiter fahren durften, zeigte uns der nette Dorfbewohner, dass es auch eine bessere Straße zu ihnen gegeben hätte und wir doch besser die nehmen sollten 🙈

    Ich habe im Bagan nicht nur viele neue nette Leute kennengelernt, sondern natürlich auch hier neue Dinge gelernt - z.B. wie man wirklich mit Stäbchen isst oder Elektroscooter fährt - auch offroad querfeldein. In dem Zuge musste ich auch lernen, dass man nicht zu schnell durch riesen stehende Wasser/Schlammpfützen fahren sollte oder sonst eine ungewollte Dusche abbekommt 😂

    Meine Pläne, welches Land ich als nächstes bereise, hab ich in meinem Kopf auch schon des Öfteren angepasst. Jetzt ist der Flug aber gebucht und es wird am 27.10 nach Malaysia gehen 😍
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  • Day4

    Mount Popa

    October 27, 2013 in Myanmar

    Im strömenden Regen fahren wir zum Mount Popa, dem heiligen Berg der Nats. Der Mount Popa ist aber auch Heimat für unzählige verwöhnte und freche Tempelaffen, denen allerdings heute auch zu nass ist.

    Nats sind meist auf nicht ganz natürliche Art und Weise aus dem Leben geschiedene Personen, die als Schutzgeister weiterexistieren. Neben den 37 offiziellen Nats, die am Fuß des Mount Popa in einem Schrein versammelt sind, gibt es noch unzählige andere, denen keine bildliche Darstellung zugeordnet ist. Hier gibt es z.B. den Schutzgeist der Seeleute, den fürs Examen, und sogar die Alkoholiker haben ihren eigenen Nat...

    Bei schönem Wetter ist der Aufstieg zum Mount Popa sicherlich lohnenswert, nicht nur wegen des Tempels auf der Spitze, auch die Aussicht soll wunderschön sein. Bei diesem Wetter allerdings verzichten wir lieber auf die Wanderung und warten unten darauf, dass hin und wieder mal die Wolkendecke aufbricht und einen Blick auf die Spitze freigibt.
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  • Day4

    Popa Mountain Resort

    October 27, 2013 in Myanmar

    Das Popa Mountain Resort lädt uns heute zum internationalen Mittagessen ein. Eigentlich eine wunderschöne Anlage, mit viel Liebe zum Detail gestaltet, im strömenden Regen allerdings kann man weder Anlage noch Ausblick richtig genießen...

    Es gibt Pissa... :-)
    Nicht unbedingt ein Geschmackserlebnis, aber schon in 14 Tagen werden wir uns danach sehnen...

  • Day161

    Day 160: Mount Popa

    November 23, 2016 in Myanmar

    Time for a day trip. We had a slightly free day so decided to spend half of it on a trip to Mount Popa, a Buddhist temple atop a small volcano about 50km to the south-east of Bagan. We organised for a "shared taxi" which we sort of assumed meant a van or something, but actually turned out to be a 5-seater sedan.

    The other occupants were a French couple in probably their 60s, who didn't speak much English, making for a slightly awkward ride. It was about 90 minutes each way, and also included stops at a traditional peanut oil factory where they used a cow-powered mill to grind down the peanuts, and a silk factory as well. Both stops felt pretty touristy and inauthentic, so we didn't spend much time there.

    Mount Popa was great though! It's a long climb to the top - 777 stairs in all, but we made it with a couple of rest breaks for me. Lots of souvenir stalls on the paths, as well as large numbers of monkeys snatching at things and making a nuisance of themselves. Amazing view from the top as it was a fairly clear day, though we were too far away to see Bagan. You could just make out the Ayurawaddy River in the distance though.

    I'm not really sure why Buddhist temples and monasteries are often built in such difficult, out-of-the-way places. I guess it's something to do with meditation and self-reflection being such large parts of their religion, they don't want to be disturbed? I dunno.

    Had a good time up the top, then walked back down to await our driver and the trip back to town. It was only a half-day trip, so we were back by around 1:30pm and high time for lunch. Went to a cafe next door which had looked promising, but the food was a bit average sadly.

    Spent the rest of the afternoon in our hotel room having a little bit of down time, though I took advantage of it and compiled the long-overdue video of our stay at the Funny Lion. Not my best work, but got the job done! Dinner was more Myanmar food at a nearby restaurant, along with a beer of course!
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