|Shwedagon Paya at Dawn|
This was to be a day of rest and relaxation after my long flight. I went down to the buffet breakfast, which catered to diverse tastes. In addition to standard American/European fare, there were sections for Indian, Chinese, and Japanese. A section with bacon and pork was marked "Non Halal" so Moslems would know not to take any.
My hotel is the Chatrium Royal Lake and surely, Lake Kandawgyi (Royal Lake) is just across the street. I walked across and started walking a path around the lake.
I read my spy novel and watched the people around the pool, getting in and swimming a while. By late afternoon, I went into the bar and had one of their 640 ml (21 oz) bottles of Myanmar Beer. It's a great bargain for $6 if you can drink it all. They also have regular 335 ml (12 oz) cans for $4, so this might be the way to go. I went to the hotel's Chinese restaurnt and had their special of the day, crispy noodles and chicken. The waitress sugested dessert, so I had chocolate ice cream.
Back in my room, I started arranging my things. The next day I wanted to start exploring Yangon fairly early, so that I would avoid the heat of the day. While I was in my room the hotel slipped a note under my door. It was from my tour leader, Don Lyons. I called his room, and he suggested that we meet for breakfast at 7:00. I agreed and went to bed.
The next morning, I met Don for breakfast and we got to know a bit abouy each other. We finished at about 8:00; he had some appointments and I had my photos to take. I stopped at the concierge station, and they gave me a map, a hotel card, and engaged a taxi to take me to the Sule Paya for 3,000 kyat (about $3.00, $1 US converts to about 1,025 kyat). Dealing with the hotel, everything is priced in USD; on trhe local economy things are priced in kyat. In any event, the driver took me to the Paya in record time. Of course, it was Sunday; when I made almost the same trip the next day, traffic was much morse.
Near the Paya is a small park, Maha Bandula Park. A lot of people were enjoying the park.. There were many young couples, strolling hand in hand, or just enjoying each other's company.
|Maha Bandula Park|
|Yangon City Hall|
We were on familiar streets, getting close, when he veered off the main road to a Lane with the same name. I assumed that the driver was, just bypassing main road traffic, but he got lost. After one false start, he found another taxi driver, who gave him directions and we finally arrived home.
Here are pictures of some of the other old buildings I saw on my walk that day.