(hello in Burmese)
Hit the ground running today. Grabbed a taxi to the hostel, and since it was too early to check in, I rented a scooter from across the street and off I went. Didn’t do anything wildly exciting, just rode along the path and stopped whenever I saw anything interesting.
My trusty scooter and a few of the many stupas I saw driving down the road.
These pink flowers kept popping up here and there.. They were a beautiful contrast to the brown and green.
Parked my scooter and ventured inside
Inside the stupa
I climbed up the initial stairs and then scaled the side of the stupa. So this is what all the hype was about. Sat on a tiny ledge far too small for comfort for about an hour. Anything for that view.
Red arrow pointing to where I sat. Doesn’t seem very high up from the picture but the climb was a tad scary as there were no stairs past the first level.
More of the view. Stupas for as far as you can see and beyond!
Another beautiful pagoda
A closer look. Decided to head back to the hostel for breakfast before I set out again.
I hopped back on my scooter and set out on the road again. About twenty minutes in, lo and behold, my battery died. Whoops. Thankfully, the folks in Bagan are probably some of the sweetest I’ve ever met. A guy about my age riding by turned around and asked if I needed help. I must have looked pretty pathetic at that point. He called the number on the scooter keys and explained the situation to the rental shop. He then told me that they would be here in about forty minutes, and asked whether I’d like a small tour of the area in the meantime. Yes please! Hopped on and ‘Koko’ went on to show me spots that I definitely would not have found on my own.
Going down one of the staircases. These were usually very steep and required a flashlight to navigate.
Ananda temple, known for its Indian-influenced architecture
One of the four Buddha statues that face each direction (North, South, East, and West)
‘Lucky charm.’ Koko and I each struck the bell three times for good luck, health, and prosperity.
At this point, my bike had been fixed and Koko said that there was one last temple he thought we could check out.
Thatbyinnyu temple is the tallest in all of Bagan; it is nicknamed the ‘Omniscient.’
Zoom zoom zoom! Koko you photographer you.
It started to drizzle so I headed back to the hotel and relaxed for the remainder of the day.
Burmese chicken curry! Get in ma belly protein!!