It looks like I didn't get this blog posted, so please forgive me, it is a little out of order and should come between Mandalay and Bangkok.
We had a horrid bus ride from Mandalay to Inle lake. It was the best bus there was, and it was a really nice bus with leather seats and touchscreen video screens like an airplane. I think it's just cultural differences and expectations. We trued to watch a movie, but an hour in, they stopped at a rest stop and told us we us all had to get off the bus. Greg and I managed to stay on by saying we wanted to sleep, as did a couple of other passengers.
|The boat channel at Inle Lake|
|Fisherman on Inle Lake|
|Stilt houses on the lake|
|There are entire villages that are all only accessible by boat|
|We stopped on ou r boat trip at the local market. It shifts around the lake each day of the week it is in a different spot.|
|The parking lot at the local market|
|I bought some fruit of of this couple - we just handed the money down and they handed the fruit up:)|
|I loved this little elephant - he is about 500 years old|
|Some of the pagodas here are very old and some are crumbling to ruins with trees growing on and about them.|
|This little Buddha is just sitting in a pile of the disintegrating brick|
|This is the new section with the new pagodas. They are still building in the same spot for the past 500 or more years!|
|This family was so pleased to look at photos of themselves. I really wish there was a way to send them a copy, but the don't have e-mail or mailing addresses.|
|These are gardens|
|On Inle Lake, the fishermen use one foot to propel the paddle through the water.|