|Someone helping Buddha stay warm in the cave temple of Shwe Oo Min
Per our hotel front desk’s suggestion, we walked to see the bamboo temple (but never found it) and the “small" cave temple Shwe Oo Min. It seemed quite substantial to us, with its winding pathways and multiple entrances/caves. Between the “Disco Temple,” bamboo temple, and cave, this town has a bit of a roadside attraction feel. Caroline says no more temples until Angkor Wat, as she's beyond templed out.
We had started our day with tasty bowls of Mohinga, the traditional, fishy noodle soup served for breakfast all over Myanmar.
|Some of the better Mohinga we've had, and served at our hotel in Corningware-sytle (but not branded) dishes that seem to be popular here
|Greasy roasted cashews with "dipping salt" - delicious!
|The older barber (father of the younger?) comes over to offer unsolicited advice on how to cut this white guy's hair
|New Style Barbershop - the best haircut Scott's ever had in Myanmar!
|Standing at the back of the tiny bar, taking a photo out toward the entrance and street. The stools were so tiny and so close to the bar that we could barely squeeze our giant, western selves in.
|Define "Hole in the Wall".... Okay - Hi Bar
|Hi Bar - Where locals go to Party!
We chatted with Ken until they had to go. His grandma is an English teacher. 77 years old and still teaching. His aunt runs a hotel near Inle Lake. They had been traveling for the Thingyan holiday, all the way down to the southern peninsula of Myanmar that is shared with Thailand, on the Andaman Sea. He showed us some photos of gorgeous beaches that he had in his phone. This was their final stop - dinner before heading home, which was the next town just 10 or 15 minutes east of Kalaw. Another example of the super-friendly Burmese people who seem extremely excited to have us in their country. Ken would love to come visit the US someday – “L.A.”! I hope he makes it.