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Published: June 22nd 2017
Docking at Magwe
The ropes are held by a 1,200mm long bamboo stake hammered into the bank. I was surprised it could hold the boat - as you can see the top rope is quite taut.
Geo: 20.1365, 94.9327
With a population of 500,000 Magwe is one of the largest cities in Myanmar. The new capital Naypyitaw is still being built more or less midway between Mandalay and Yangon, but the Parliament and many government functions have already been transferred there.
In Magwe we saw the original statue of General Aung San sitting on his horse, and there are many copies throughout Myanmar. Then we visited the Myat Than Lun Pagoda on the banks of the Irrawaddy and finished up with a visit to the local market. I think I've already seen enough pagodas and markets, I'll consider staying on board and getting another massage next time.
We had a brief moment of wi-fi this morning after we docked at Magwe. It was painfully slow and I just left my iPad connected while we went ashore, and emails were downloaded and I think the blog updated. We departed within a few minutes of re-embarking so I had no internet time to check things and tidy up.
After a game of Blitz this afternoon, we had a demonstration of traditional dress and the various ways to tie a "longyi" - a Burmese tube sarong. A very versatile piece of clothing. Also
another talk and demonstration of the skin lotion made from the bark of the Thanakha tree. This was followed by a full ship's tour, including the kitchens, engine room, bridge and, interestingly, the crew's quarters.
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