After Bhamo, Myitkyina (the state’s good-sized capital city) was less than charming. After the Friendship Hotel, the YMCA we stayed at, although staffed by very friendly women, was just plain grungy. It was a transit stop for us (more on that later) and we only spent about 24 hours there. We did manage to have some fun though.

Highlights included:

Listening to live amateur singing as we ate dinner outdoors (on the menu but not what I ordered: sliced pig’s colon salad.)

Visiting a pagoda that was special for the hundreds of Buddhas (more or less) facing the rising sun and getting a personal, guided tour from our cab driver and a couple of other Burmese guys that just tagged along.

The market in Myitkyina was larger and even more incredible than the one in Bhamo. SO interesting to see!

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Buddhas welcoming the sun

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Buddha detail

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Spools of thread at a tailor’s stall at the market (Smoo, I got a small present for Martin here. 🙂 )

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Incredible greens for sale

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Dried fish

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Cuts of meat. Notice the high tech refrigeration… 😉

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Quail eggs

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Shelling beans

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