The end, for now! But what a journey; 29 days with unbelievable new experiences, new stories and friends too. Started as my 1st backpacking trip, 1st solo trip, 1st Christmas away from family and friends, 1st time in Southeast Asia, 1st time having Hostels as accommodation (it’s true that I have also stayed 6 days in 2 excellent Hotels), ..., so “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and wait because “I’ll be back.” Arnold Schwarzenegger😁
“Min-ga-la-ba” (pronunciation of standard greeting in Myanmar so we can understand as Hello). This country is more than I was expecting and Inle Lake blows me away(Bagan also but in a different way). The village in the Lake is self-sufficient. Their houses made of wood/bamboo on stills it’s, with any doubt, one of the most magical places I have been. The fishermen, the village, the sunrise, the people... all incredible. This picture of a child using thanaka (act as a natural sunscreen and it’s made from the ground bark of the tree with the same name and mix with water. Men, women and children used this and even make some attractive designs) symbolize the beauty of this place. “Djé-zu-bá” or “Djé-zu-bé” (pronunciation of the simple way to say Thank you) Myanmar.
There were many things in Bangkok that fascinated me but MaeKlong Railway Market was surreal. This market is away from Bangkok 70km. There are many ways to go, but my option was like more an adventure way; train, ferry and train again in both ways. That is the transportation used by Thai people, so became really fun. The dialogue it was complicated because their English it’s not the best (neither mine) and their accent is terrible. But in the end we arrange way to communicate. I’ll never forget...
Today I have been in Little India, Chinatown, Gardens next to Marina Bay, .... Singapore it’s full of life, a multicultural place with a mix of religions, cultures... I have lunched with locals, had tea with Chinese (I had preferred a Portuguese expresso that I’m missing a lot), spoke with European backpackers, take breakfast at 7.30 am with one guy from India and other from Nepal... However for me, this is the pic of the day after an average temperature of 32°C/89.6°F that feels like 40°C/104°F (it’s because the humidity, I think 🤔). Loving Singapore but, for now, adoring this swimming pool😁.
Another awesome autumn beach day...and at sunset, some fishermen ending “Xávega” Art. (traditional way of fishing, in which a group of fishermen in a boat throws the trawl-nets to surround the shoals of fish, pulling them later to the beach with the aid of oxen-initially the fishing nets were pulled by men. Nowadays, the fishermen are adapting tractors to pull the boats and the nets from the sea)