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I arrived in Bago, comming by train from Yangon.2 hours/ 1$ in the upper class.
Most tourists visit Bago by a daytrip.This is the reason why there are only few hotels/guesthouses in the city center. And these are in a very bad condition. I prebooked a big room in a motel( with pool) about 4 kilometers away from the railwaystation. An extreme thin man maybe 60-65 years old offered me to drive me there with his bicyvle rickshaw ,but I was concerned about his health, because it was about noon and very hot and denied.
Estimating the age of asian people is very difficult for us westeners. I guess vice versa , too.
Then Myo, a young man offered my to drive to my room with his scooter. There I invited him for a cold drink and he offered to show me the highlights of Bago.
He picked me up the next morning and we had a wonderful day.
Myo speaks very good english and is a fantastic guide.
At day 2, I asked him to show me some nice places where the day tourist don`t go.
He had to think about a few minutes and then we drove to some temples and pagodas in the periphery of Bago, a rubberplantation and a monastery where many western tourists stay 1-2 month for meditation.
Day 3: I explored Bago by bicycle and enjoyed the pool .
Day 4: Myo picked me up again and invited me for dinner at his home. We have seen many more places of interest for me as a forreigner, small markets, a primary school, where the kids, teachers and I had a lot of fun, a wedding and a voodoo priest at a ceremony of exorcism. Finally we bought some beer and drove to his home . His wife had prepared a fantstic local vegeterian dinner with many side dishes.
It was such a peaceful and friendly atmosphere and I felt very, very comfortable.
On my I pad I showed the family photos of Mandalay,Sittwe, Mrauk U,Inle lake,……
Places where they have never been.
And finally “angry birds “ for the girls.
I donated this wonderful family about 40$ for the repair of the scooter`s front light,schooluniforms and books for the children.
Myo and his wife have two daughters (red dress). He adopted the other two girls from his sister.
Their parents died at a bus accident when they have been very young.
This Photo shows the girls and Myo`s parents
I add two ws Photos.
I visited Myo and his family two years later again.
To get in contact with locals and seeing and learning much more about a culture is for me much more worth than taking photos of the touristic highlights.
I´m still in contact with Myo and send his family sometimes a few dollars.

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  • Copyright: Ronny Burger (burmaman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 333] (1336)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-00-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-12-17 4:10
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