- Burmese tour guide in Yangon : Look at these beautiful colonial buildings
- Me : Yes. We built those.
"She’s the nautical equivalent of a chalet girl"
Currently in London having just been told I can’t use my train ticket for anther two hours. Have sought sanctuary here.
Hello again. I’ve just got back from Burma which was wonderful. As Rudyard Kipling wrote ‘This is Burma and it is unlike any other place you know about’. 100 years later that certainly still holds true. The people, the landscape and the culture is all fascinating and wonderfully unspoilt. Without meaning to be cliche, I think the word mysterious might be a good way to describe the teak monasteries in the middle of the jungle, the literally thousands of temples at Bagan and the golden pagodas that dot the landscape. We visited 1000 year old temple sites that hadn’t even been visited by UNESCO. As an added bonus our trip overlapped with their New Year’s water festival which was loads of fun.
Anyway, normal service is now resumed.
So, as you have probably gathered I’m going to Burma this evening. I’ve done the easy half of my packing which basically consists of lots of lightweight cotton and khaki and linen. I’ve thrown in a couple of books on the optimistic hope I might get some revision done. Also my safari jacket, moleskine notebook to act as a travel journal, a couple of highly recommended books on Burma and a tie.
'A tie!' I hear you cry. The explorer Colonel Blashford Snell once said when travelling aboard you should always carry a tie. That way if ever you bump in to someone important you can put it on and they will remember you as the smartly dressed foreigner. Method to my madness.
Removing the collar stiffeners from my shirts
definitely a sign that we’re going into unchartered territory.