On our last day of the trip, we made our way down from the
mountains to the picturesque city of Inle Lake.
Nestled in between two lush mountain ranges is Myanmar’s second biggest
lake, Lake Inle. Rather than your typical
lake community, Inle Lake reminded me more of Venice than Minocqua
|Leaving the dock and heading to our hotel. |
|Docking up our boats as we walk around a silk factory. |
Communities are built on stilts and the mode of
transportation to get from one location to the next is by boat. There were no speed boats on this lake
either. The highest powered machines are
large canoes with a little dingy engine.
Most of the locals paddle by leg, which is what Inle Lake is known
for. We got a firsthand view of this as
we had to paddle to our hotel.
|Inle Lake is known for the one legged rowers. |
|Cruising down one of the main water passageways.|
|The floating gardens of Inle Lake. |
As we were cruising in the vast openness of Inle Lake, it
felt as if it was the Fourth of July and I was on a pontoon in Wisconsin. The only difference was if I looked to the
right or left, it was the greenest mountainside I have ever seen. We spent most of the day boat hopping viewing
all the local workshops such as the silk factory, blacksmith and boat
maker. However, I enjoyed cruising
through the watery streets of the local villages the most. Life seemed so simple and so enjoyable for
everyone we passed even though they had so little.
|Passing by the main Pagoda of Inle Lake. I thought it|
could be very comparable to Piazza di San Marco.
|View of a silk weaver through his thread. |
|The last sunset from our balcony.|
After passing Inle Lake’s version of their Piazza di San Marco
we headed back to our hotel to get ready for New Year’s Eve. It was the first time I have spent NYE
outside of the country and it was different than anything I have ever
experienced. Our hotel had put on an
entire show that was highlighted with the local elementary school singing
holiday songs. Towards midnight, a few
fireworks were lit and lanterns were let into the sky as 2013 was ushered
|Our whole group on NYE. |
|The elementary school that provided the best entertainment of|
|The Orringers ushering in 2013 on the dance floor. |
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