On a slow boat to Mandalay. “Come you back to Mandalay”

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We used the boat RV Paukan from Bagan to Mandalay.                                                                                                                          Paukan2

The distance in km is not very big so the speed was modest and the boat stopped at the shore at night. We spent a lot of the time on the sun deck on the top of the boat. Of course it was a bar there, but it served coffee as well.

We got glimses of the life on the shore where we could see villages.                                                                                                DSCF2180 Washing of clothes.DSCF2182Drying the clothes.

DSCF2179Scene from the shore, horses, cows, oxen and boats.

DSCF2175 DSCF2181 DSCF2133Stupas all along the river.

DSCF2176Pottery products made in a village waiting for the buyer coming by boat.

We visited a village to get an idea about how people lived.                                                                                                                DSCF2151

DSCF2137A typical house  in the village, insulation is not important.

DSCF2136This was pinned in the middle of the house. “The Lady” is important, as is her father.

DSCF2142 DSCF2144                                          Sundrying of nuts and peas.

DSCF2140Home made building material. The reason for the difference in colour is that the “ground floor” is more exposed to the rain, flooding etc and must be changed more often.

I really enjoyed the two “slow” days on the Irrawaddy, both on the boat and the visit in the village. It gave sort of a luxury feeling to sit on the sun deck and see the shores passing by.  In the village I was again struck by the friendliness and the smiles from the people. We must have looked like coming from another planet, at least I felt I did.


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