Ministry, Travels

First week in Myanmar

Mingalaba (hello)! One week in Myanmar has flown by. Arrival went very well – the airport is modern but small, with only a few gates. David and some other friend that I haven’t seen in seven years were waiting for me. So good to meet again! We spend two days in Yangon to catch up and finalize the plans for these two weeks. We also visited some of the most well known pagoda’s and prayed there.

On Wednesday we took the early morning bus to Taungoo, where some of the family and friends were already waiting for us. Right from the beginning I felt so at home with them. There have been lots of laughter, love, good times together, sharing troubles. These families truly all have become a big family by Abba’s love!

 

Through these days I have had much time to meet various families. It is very interesting to get to know Burmese, Chin and Karen cultures. We went around the city and visited the main places to pray. I also got to meet some leaders for a time of fellowship and had one morning with all the children that we help to go to school – plus some more. I loved it!!!

I wish I could share more, but I’d better not. But I must say that my stay in Myanmar has gone very well so far. No troubles, only some extra fees to pay as a foreigner and some reminders that certain things can only be done by locals. As long as I stay in foreigner designated hotels, cities and destinations and use the right buses everything is ok.

This second week is a week of travelling. We took the night bus last night to Nyaungshwe, near the famous Inle lake. After a short nap we explored the lake, the various tribes living there (like the women with the long necks – metal rings – but we haven’t seen them) and then we went back to our guesthouse. I got a bit sick now, against my preference I started taking anti-biotics to kill all that is bad and good inside – hopefully the other 40 hours of bus travel this week will not end up in diarrhea drama!  Tomorrow we move to another town a little to the West, then to Bagan and Mt. Popa, significant spiritual places, and finally Mandalay and surrounding region, before going back to Yangon for my flight to India next Monday. That’s it for now. Maybe I get a chance to write another update, but internet here is as slow as it was in India in 2004, so getting this online is already a huge undertaking.

PS: one day later: we are now in the hill town of Kalaw. Nice, cool weather and a wooden room with great views! Stomach is getting better, was able to enjoy the three hour journey with 20 locals chatting and laughing at the back of a pick-up truck. The people are so much fun here!

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