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Published: April 11th 2006
Allright, so where the hell is this Mandalay Bay? We're a couple hundred kilometers inland. I asked around and the explanation I got is that there is another Mandalay somewhere in the world with a bay, but I think they're wrong. This is it.
So Mandalay sounds like the most wonderfully exotic place ever, but its pretty much a dump. Its dusty and ugly (and when someone from OKC calls a city ugly that is a major BURN am I right? Just kidding, I love ya baby) It's heartbreaking! The power is out the vast majority of the time and as soon as the fan went off in our room we woke up from the heat. We were only there for two days but we spent a considerable amount of time just sitting in our hotel lobby trying to sweat as little as possible.
At Mingun Paya we found a girl who wanted to sell us tee shirts for 2,500 kyat each, we agreed on 3 for 5,000 and then as we were on the boat leaving Mingun we found out she ripped us off and only gave us 2 tee shirts for the 5,000 kyat. Yeah, we don't
This is how the Burmese travel
check our purchases too well. Anyways, I was this
close to turning around and kicking her ass. If you see her, tell her that was very rude of her >😞
However, all is not lost. There are some cool Ancient Cities just outside Mandalay, we climbed up Mandalay Hill and talked to the English students, and Mandalay has some of the best restaurants in Burma. Mainly, the Nylon Ice Cream Parlor. Senti and I both reckoned we had never been to a proper ice cream parlor before. Well all we had to do is go to Myanmar to find one! We ate there far, far, far too often. Runners up include the chapati stand and Nepali food, very good places to fill up on thalis, chapati, and masala tea for less than a dollar.
Another cool thing is we met a guy who spoke out against the government. We didn't initiate the topic but he pointed to the people's desire
sign and said, "No, not people's desire. Government desire". Amen, man. He also knew about Oklahoma City, he knew it was bombed. Yes, yes, one time a crazy white guy drove some doctored up cow shit into a building...
Nylon Ice Cream Parlor
If you go there say hi to the neat kids that work there, we tried talking to them about Jet Li and they wanted to bring us a Jelly Ice Cream.
Strange world, huh?
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