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Published: June 22nd 2017
Streets of Sa Lay
We were told in all seriousness that the bags of water (which adorn most of the buildings) are to aid in firefighting.
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Had a big breakfast of chicken and egg noodle soup, potato curry and parathas and fried eggs and bacon, then finished off with a pancake. The food has been very good with Burmese and Western choices, and the service impeccable.
Did a walking tour through Sa Lay which again has many grand colonial buildings in disrepair. There are government cement and fertiliser works in the town and these employ many of the locals. Their second job, as everywhere, is agriculture. In this region the soils are not so fertile, so predominatly legumes are grown. Peanut oil and sesame oil are two of the main local products.
In the last couple of hours the eastern bank of the river has become quite mountainous and rugged. Tan Kyi Mtn was reached by a 15 minute drive in a convoy of Tarago equivalents. The inevitable pagoda occupied the top of the hill but again the air was not clear enough to appreciate the view. The countryside is dotted with circular holes that we were told are mines to retrieve some sort of oil and gas products. Another explanation we heard of these low concrete circular structures (about 3m in diameter) was that they were
This little one was gravely waving and blowing kisses to us as we passed by. I think I stunned her when I approached to take the photo.
built around planted sacred Banyan trees, to keep the goats away. I never saw any trees growing in them, and these disparate explanations remain unresolved.
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