Published: August 8th 2007July 14th 2007
Yay finally the last one for Burma! Although I'm not sure whether I'm happy or sad
... Last time I left you guys kicking off to a lazy get of a trishaw driver. It was time to calm down, chill out, get away from all this touristy bollocks and just reeeelaaax. Don't get me wrong I had an awesome time up here. But with all the sight seeing in Bagan and Mandalay it was definitely time to head to a beach and crash.
You seen the photo's, Burma has some of the worlds most amazing beaches, with kilometers after kilometers of white sand, palm trees and lazy looking bungalows you know you bound to unwind and clear your mind of anything even remotely stressful.
To get here you have to leave from Yangon, so I decided that 2 weeks of solidarity was quite enough and it was time to party, and fortunately the legend that is Pini was still here so we were in for some fun. I ended up extending my stay here because we were going out and having so much fun, taking out any new arrivals and introducing them into the Burmese nightlife. Man it was heaven being back in Yangon even though I never thought so much of it the first time I was here. Now everything seems like a luxury!
It has SHOPS where you can buy baguettes and make some home made sandwiches...we made the creme de la creme of a sandwiches, 12 inch baguettes complete with schnitzel, French fries, tomatoes, salad, mayo and ketchup, or how about an amazing 12 inch tuna mayonnaise and sweetcorn sandwich.
I ate them both on the same day....f@ck I was bliss, after 3 weeks of nothing but noodles and rice it was amazing to be able to indulge like this. Actually being able to socialize with people after nearly 2 weeks of solidarity was pretty awesome, going out and getting wasted at the beer station come fashion shows with Pini and any new arrivals.
With time running out though a quick escape to the beach was needed. Ngapali being Burma's most beautiful was unfortunately out of the question due to the 2 day travel time. So it was between Chaungtha or Nwe Saung. With Chaungtha having being on the delta it meant that during the rainy season you would get some horrible sand and sea
water. Nwe Saung on the other hand has been described as being able to rival the beach of Ngapali so there was no contest between the two.
Damn the monsoon season. Even a beach as beautiful as this in Nwe Saung looked like it had been ravaged by a war. The constant overcast meant no sun could ever turn this experience into bliss. The wind and rain thrashed the beaches which meant that the sea was in a constant fury for the 3 days I was there.
Whats more I got ill on the second day so I was confined to the bungalow thinking I had somehow managed to catch malaria. It should have been so perfect but the weather meant this would not be possible...If I ever come back its gonna be in the high season.
The guest house I was at had a shack for cooking and the bonus was they would bring everything straight to the bungalow porch. You could never move from your bungalow if you don't want as everything you could possibly want is at your finger tips. As for food though, with there not being many foreigners it meant fresh food and
fish was not going to happen...WHY DID I LEAVE YANGON where I could have had custom made baguette sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner???
My mind was set on leaving from the moment I saw the weather, there is no way you can really enjoy it when you come expecting a semi paradise! Especially when your neighbor is some Canadian woman intent on boring the crap out of you!
So it was back to Yangon for the last few days. Pini was ever present for going out and enjoying our last few days, passing on the torch to the new comers and watching them be amazed at the Burmese way of life. The only question left now is where the hell do i go now, I have until August 15th for my flight to Australia...What I know for sure is there is gonna be some major partying in Bangkok when I get back, finally somewhere with a nightlife!! I'm gonna miss Myanmar beer, the people too I guess, mmmm and the food, Bagan, Inle...the Motherland Inn 2...man I think I'm gonna miss a lot about this place.
Burma was so good to me even though it
was so unbelievably exhausting to travel.
My bones hurt, my head hurt, my skin hurt...I have a massive beard now, and I mean MASSIVE. It was amazing to be here, and every experience was unique but even so I guess its gonna be a while before I come back. Bye Bye Burma!
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