The next morning we headed back to Yangon for the last full day of the trip. We stopped a few times for photos, but nothing really that stood out. We went to the largest reclining Buddha in the area, and we stopped for lunch. The rain was coming down pretty hard for much of the day, and since it is so novel for me, I had to take photos of the rain. This was actually the last day of the tour, we still had one full day in Yangon, but I didn’t have any plans except to get some money exchanged. That brings up the problem with this country, and as far as I can tell, it is it’s only problem, they need at least one ATM. It is so hard to get money if you don’t bring enough with you in the first place. The last few days I was stressing on if I was going to make it to the end of the tour with the cash that I had. In the end I didn’t make it, I borrowed a little, and eventually got to an exchange, so everything worked out.
The last day of the tour we all went to the market in the morning and had a last dinner. I was going to be the first person to leave Yangon so I said by goodbyes at the end of dinner. It was a great experience and I have to say that I think the people on this tour have been great. In fact I think this has been the best tour of all the ones that I’ve been on just because of the people. For tour leaders, Katya will always be the best and for locations, there have been some great places that I’ve gone, but for the people, this group has been the best out of all. Chris, the Aussie that I was bunking with the whole trip made the whole tour work. His humor and ability to work with everyone made for a great adventure. Rose, the nurse with the heart of gold was an inspiration to me of what you can do if you just are willing to open up. James, the English teacher was great and I was always impressed to see him reading Milton. Carima the nurse (yeah, another one) who has seen so many countries I had to be impressed. Brian, the only American that I’ve traveled with that I can say it had been a pleasure, and finally Sophie, the Aussie. She and I started hitting if off later in the trip and I can say that I wish there had been more time to just chat with her. Min, the assistant tour guide, he was kind and generous person and I wish him all the best.
Everyone had been so nice to me I wish I could let them know how great they all are.
Back row: James, Min, Me, Chris
Front Row: Sophie, NyeNye, Carima, Rose, Brian.