Friday, May 04, 2012

Asia Adventure: Time in Yangon, Myanmar

      Last night we got home from our trip to Asia, and I fully intended to write a post last night.  However, after the 30 hour trip back, it felt like I had been hit by a mack truck, and we all went to bed at 7:30 p.m. instead.  Since 5:30 a.m. came bright and early with the girls, I was really glad for that choice.  Jet lag is serious business, ya'll.  Especially when your body is 11 and one half hours ahead of your current time.  That's right, 11 and a half hours.  We spent the majority of our trip in Myanmar (also known as Burma), which has their own take on time zones.
      There are about a million and one things I could write about our trip, but I will spare us all that and try to stick to the highlights, some of which can be shared and many that cannot be.  Our friends live in Yangon, Myanmar, and we spent time at their house after our time in Thailand and at the end of the trip as well.  They have been blessed with a nice home, and there was plenty of room for our family to move in with them for the four nights we were there.
      We were there during hot season, and hot season is, in fact, very hot.  So hot, that many locals carry umbrellas around to shade them from the sun.


Also, it is harder to escape the heat.  As we drove around town (all of us in their car),


seeing bits of their lives, we savored any time we got in air-conditioning.  We toured the school their boys attend.


We shopped at their grocery store, which carried this local fruit, called Durien.  It smells terrible, and apparently, people are quite split on whether or not it tastes good.  I decided that the smell was enough of a warning.


We ate at different places around town that they enjoy.  They kept serving the children with glassware, which the girls kept breaking.  We got smarter as the trip wore on and would move everything breakable out of the way, which saved us broken glass charges on our bill.  The fresh juices were such a treat.


While at their house, the kids really enjoyed playing together - here's baseball.


And reading time on the couch.


They also set up "Great Moose Lodge" for us.  Named after the indoor water park chain of Great Wolf Lodge in the States, it was several kiddie pools and a sprinkler hose set up in front of the house.  It was a fantastic way to beat the heat, which the kids reveled in.


Here's their dog, Moose.  Hence the Great "Moose" Lodge.


One of the last days we were there, Jennifer, Lily and I went and got mani/pedis.  I wasn't sure how Lily would do, but since they had cartoons playing in front of her and fresh lime juice beside her, she really enjoyed the experience.


We started to see things about the culture - like Betel Nut.  So many people chew this stuff (sort of like tobacco) and spit it onto the ground.  It makes it look like the ground is blood splattered everywhere.  We got so many reddish brown smiles while we were there.


While in Yangon, we visited the Schwedagon Pagoda one night after the kiddos were in bed.  It is massive - the picture does not do it justice.  Myanmar is known as the "Golden Country," because of all of the Buddhist pagodas that are literally everywhere.



Tast of Travel said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time in Myanmar!

Morgan Smith said...

thankful yall made it home safely! so enjoyed reading about your trip... hope i get to hear more stories when we see you guys next(maybe at first baptist playground:))

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