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Yangon visit

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The area of ​​the Old City It is worth visiting during the day because it seems that it dies with the Sun. We walked through deserted streets, barely lit, in search of a restaurant for dinner. Marie, a 55-year-old Canadian, joined the group and kept us all aware of her love story from which she has published a book. Despite the prevailing darkness, at no time do we feel insecure.

During the day we dive into the colorful streets of the old town. Food stalls, vegetables, fruits, trout movies, clothes, appliance stores, restaurants of all kinds ... The center of Yangon boils in the heat of hellish temperatures.

He New Bogyoke market It is the right place for those who want to buy jewelry or jewelry - although they warn that you have to be a great expert so that they do not give you a cat for a hare - clothes, fabrics, paintings, woodwork or souvenirs. It is also the best place to change currency but go very carefully (as I mentioned in the article on money in Myanmar).

After touring the stalls and the market we went to what is considered one of the monuments - but the most sacred - of Buddhism in the World: the Shwedagon Pagoda, Its immense dome of solid gold can be seen from almost every point of the city - and also when you are landing - and it is a place of worship for all Buddhists. The entrance to the enclosure - which has dozens of buildings - costs $ 5.

The heat was suffocating and after the pagoda we went to eat with John and Rob a bareto directly opposite. Rob had anecdotes for us like going to medical experiments in the UK to get money for his trips. Stunning stories of this great 19 year old boy.

Going through the hindu neighborhood I was invited to play a game of mixing billiards and marbles. On a wooden board, square in shape, there are 8 holes - 4 in the corners and 4 in the center of each side - where you have to put the round tiles that populate the board. You have your chip - like a white billiard ball - and you can move it along a line on your side of the board. You have to hit it with your finger, which impacts the other chips and puts them in the holes. It's called caster ... and later I saw him play in a lot of Burma callles.

There are many people who tell you that both Rangoon and Mandalay are places you should leave as soon as you can because there is nothing to see, it is hellish and they are quite chaotic. In the second and third I agree but the chaotic seems a positive thing. I think it depends a little on the type of tourism you like to do. If you are looking for beautiful monuments, beautiful and well-groomed streets, good shops and others, then you will not like this city at all. But if you are one of those who, when you go to a site, like to find things very different from where they came from, if you like to observe people in their day to day - so different from ours - and you enjoy the places where smells, colors and sounds intermingle to create sensitive impressions of great strength. So Yangon you will love it.

Never forget that in the whole country its people are an almost unpayable asset. Burmese people are very good people.

Although we did not get to do it due to lack of time, several people in the hostel recommended us to do a circular circuit by train leaving the Yangon railway station in the center. The train is for about two and a half hours touring outlying neighborhoods and satellite cities of Rangoon. You will not find practically any tourist and the locals will assault you to practice their English and learn about things from abroad. I think it is an unbeatable experience for those who want to mix with the people of the country. The price is $ 2 and is paid upon arrival at the station (not sure if it leaves platform 7 or 6).

To get out of the city we found the first fault that would become a common factor of all the cities we visited in this country: the Bus station is quite far from the city. Another of the government tricks to limit the mobility of its citizens.

We went to Mandalay with a good taste. There is nothing like being warned against a city to bring you a pleasant surprise.

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