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Yangoon

Capital city, full of colonial archicture and the huge Shwedagon Pagoda. Lots of pictures of street vendors.


This is a typical bus in Yangon, except it's usually a lot more crowded.  Often men are hanging 2 or 3 deep off the back. These fans have Buddhist doctrine written on them.


These are some of the many street vendors you can see everywhere in Yangon.  This woman is selling vegetables for curry. Fish for sale on the street.  Notice this old woman smoking a cheroot, or Burmese cigar.  You can also see the scale she used to weigh her fish in the red plastic basket.


More sidewalk vendors. This trishaw boy hangs out at the entrance to a food market, hoping someone will hire him to take them home with their purchases.


Peeled and spiced (with chili, I believe) pomelo for sale.  A pomelo is like a very large grapefruit, but a little less tart. Selling a glutinous rice/coconut snack on the street.


These boys are playing a game very much like the Italian Boccia.  They threw a large stone out, then tried to throw smaller stones as close to it as possible.  They were betting--you can see the folded up bills in their hands.  I threw one, and did pretty well. A movie theatre, looks like it was build in the 20's.  I think it's an Indian movie, there were a lot of those playing.  A substantial minority of Burmese have an Indian heritage, and speak Hindi.


There's so much rain in Yangon!  Some buildings were covered with moss and weeds growing out of cracks in the buildings. Government-sponsored billboards like this were posted in all major cities.  This has "dictatorship" written all over it.


Fried shrimp for sale.  The frying was done right there on the street. These three boys hung around me and wanted to be my "guides".  The one in the middle is of Indian heritage, you can tell because he's very dark skinned.


This woman is selling betel nut, which is chewed for a slight high.  It's sold wrapped in a leaf, with a coating of lime.  It makes your teeth really red, and the sidewalks are full of brick-red stains where people have spit the juice.  Notice also the woman has yellow thanaka paste on her face. I met Angela when trying to figure out what the white paste packaged with the betel nuts was.  (It's lime).  She learned English in a convent school as a little girl, and speaks it very well.  This is Angela and me, having lunch at a restaurant in Bogyoke market.


This is part of our lunch.  You dip greens in some hot sauce.  The bowl with a spoon is a desert, with coconut jelly and some other stuff.  Tasty. Pomegranates.  I bought some, but didn't like them very much.


These were a treat!  Lotus flower seeds.  I bought a small package for 50 kyat (about 12 cents).  The seed is about the size of a blueberry, and you pop the husk off, and eat the inside.  Very tasty! Frying and selling eggs on the street.


A little roadside teashop.  The chairs look tiny to western eyes, like they're meant for children, but everyone uses them, and just squats down really low. This is the computer setup at the Yoma Hotel, where I was able to send email.  Notice the fitted green velvet computer covers.


Water, available on the street.  People set up these water stations as a public service, to gain merit (in the Buddhist sense). A rice and oil shop


Notice that the numbering system on this bus is not the standard Arabic numerals that we're used to, but rather the Burmese numbering system.  It made it very difficult to catch buses, read prices, etc. A pickup, with seats inside, is also used as a bus..


A cold water seller. Another little street-side restaurant.
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