Note: Despite getting robbed and losing most of my tangible travel memories, the one memory card I found lying on the floor was a 32GB card full of my Burma and Cambodia pictures. Though I wish I could get all of the pictures (and notebooks) back, finding this card was an overwhelming relief; the two places I still wanted to document on my blog were Burma and Cambodia. As they say, onwards and upwards! And that’s exactly what I will continue to do.
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Burma’s former capital of Mandalay has no shortage of things to keep you busy, but one of my favourites was to simply disappear into the bustle of people on U Bein bridge and watch the sun fade over the water. In my few days exploring Mandalay, I came to the bridge for 3 sunsets and each was spectacular.
Easily one of Burma’s most photographed sights, U Bein is a teak bridge stretching close to 1200 meters across Taungthaman Lake. While busy throughout the day, it sees the most activity at dusk: fishermen in the still waters, monks streaming crimson from one end to the other, Burmese biking from shore to shore on their way home from work. I loved standing to the side and watching the world go by, a world I’ll never be a part of but one that left me wide-eyed and smiling.
Shadow of U Bein Bridge, midway across.
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