so i just spent the day in burma. excuse me, myanmar.
and omigod, am i coming back. and i’m not just saying that cause it’s 5 degrees cooler here than in thailand.
it’s stunningly gorgeous in that hole-in-wall way only hole-in-wall countries can be.
course, it is the poor man’s thailand. roads are not paved. dirt everywhere. standard of living sucks. the difference between the 2 countries is noticeable the second you walk across the river. everything just looks more run down. esp our mode of transportation. didn’t think the motorcart was going to make it up the hill. started taking bets when we’d have to officially get out and push it. at one point, it went backwards down the steep hill. and yes, i feared for my safety. esp since there was only one helmet and the driver decided he should get it.
the junta military gov’t is def as scary as they are made to seem. saw some men in uniform heading in one direction. they shot back a fierce look. decided to be glad i was heading in the opposite direction. up that hill in a motorcart that wasn’t going to make it. and if you question the extent of the gov’t control, just know they confiscate your passport at the border. as in, you hand it over to get it stamped and they don’t give it back. so if you get thrown in jail while in myanmar, the gov’t can take your passport and sell it on the black market. and since the US passport gets top dollar, it’s not a bad way to rule your country. if you’re the crazy dictator bent on keeping basic freedoms for your people type.
def the shortest visit to a foreign country by far. spent more time in canada to see the canadian side of niagra falls. but i will be back. to burma, not canada.
til next time, burma!