Mandalay was my last stop in Myanmar. I couldn’t really decided if I was happy or sad about it, especially after Inle kicked me hard.
My first day in Mandalay involved me and a bike. I wanted to go into Mandalay Palace and Kuthodaw Pagoda with the “biggest book in the world”. But with the $10 USD fee and me running out of new US dollars, I decided just to hang outside instead. And then I had pasta with bolognese sauce.
The next day, I decided to bike to U Bein Bridge, the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Being about 15km away, it was good exercise. I also inhaled a good deal of smoke by being the back of old trucks and buses. I rewarded myself with ice cream.
My last full day at Mandalay, I walked around the market. So much random stuff to buy.
But the more interesting stuff was the street food found outside. Of course, I was too scared to try any of it. Maybe next time…
I spent the afternoon at the cinema watching The Revenant. The movie was in English with no subtitles. There were only five people in the entire theater. And the Burmese people spent most of their time talking instead of watching. Go figure. But it was only $2, so I can’t complain.
It was an interesting two weeks in Myanmar. In hindsight, I was probably not in the right mindset to fully enjoy it. But I am grateful for all the people I met along the way.