After we left Singapore we went to Myanmar which is untouched by the western world. It is so foreign that I will bet that 3/4 of the people reading this don’t even know that it is in Asia.
In Myanmar everything that the typical American kid thinks is a necessity is really something very rare. We take for granted things like clean water. Most people in Myanmar drink rain water that is not filtered which means there are lots of tiny bacteria that would make Americans sick but it doesn’t seem to affect the Burmese people.
The people here are wonderful, very kind and helpful. They LOVE my little brother, Everest. We stayed at a backpacker hostel called the Motherland. The staff was mostly ladies, and they went crazy whenever they saw him. They would hug, kiss, and pick him up.
Our first morning in Yangon we went to Shwedagon Paya, which is a series of outstanding Buddhist temples. The biggest dome, known as the great golden dome rises 322ft high and according to legend it is 2500 years old and has 10 tons of gold on it.
I learned that the day of the week you were born on is the animal you are in the Burmese version of Buddhism. I was born on a Saturday so I am a Dragon. Here is the list of animals and the days of the week.
Friday: Guinea pig
I can’t wait to see more of Myanmar!