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Day 3. Yangon (Rangoon)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 permalink [Permalink]

The rest of the boys arrive in Yangon (Rangoon) and we take a spin around the city, do some shopping and relax before the cycling starts.

We woke early with anticipation of seeing Bill and Mucks.  They were also coming in on the TG303 however we didn't think it was a good idea to go and meet them at the airport because the Inn van was a bit on the small side.

Laughter is good medicine

While we waited for their arrival we went to a local market to buy a Longhi - a traditional skirt/sarong which looked very comfy.

After picking the pattern and color we wanted we started to try and put them on.  The whole market was laughing because we had no clue of how to tie it up.  Seeing our stupidity a local store owner came to our aid and taught us a few basic knots.  It must have been quite a spectacle for the locals to see a tourist try to tie a Longhi - all you could do is laugh with them.

The better half arrives

After breakfast we heard some commotion in the reception and I had thought it was Bills voice.  Dave and I went down in out Longhis to meet them.  Sure enough there they were.  Disorganized and hot - understandably they had just got off a plane and were tired.  When they saw us in the longhis they burst into laughter as did the beautiful local girls in the market, but said they would have expected nothing less.

We let them settle in and get a few hours sleep before piecing together our bikes and heading for a ride around Yangon.

Billy was knackered so we left him sleeping while Mucks, Dave and I took off for a spin.

We cycled through the streets and weaved our way through the chaotic street traffic.  It was hot and sticky but the air rushing past you whilst riding made it all bearable.  It was a great first exposure to the local road rules and to figure just how much you can get away with.

After an hour we thought we'd go back and get Bill.  He was still sleeping so we threw him some clothes to put on and dragged him out for a ride -  a good way to make sure all your nuts and bolts are tight after the flight.

Dave and I suggested the Junior Duck on Strand Street for dinner tonight, which we noticed on our first night exploring the town.  The food was great and it was a fantastic beginning to our trip.

It was here that we laid down our first plans for the trip first city to hit will be Pagu (Bagu) about 85km north east of Yangon (Rangoon); With our bellies full we retired to the Winner Inn.

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