By good luck and happenstance we are staying a short walk away from the motorcade route from the Yangon airport to the sites President Obama and Hilary Clinton will visit. With a tip from the policemen, we arrive in the morning and join the crowd lining the street as far as the eye could see. The sprinkling of American flags caught my eye and people warming returned my smiles. The collective energy fueled my last day in Myanmar like no other. -k.
After watching President Obama and Hilary Clinton zoom into town, we got on our bikes and pedaled over to Kyaukhtatgyi Paya to see the enormous reclining Buddha. (see the big picture) It was peaceful and reverent. I wondered why on earth not a single tourist was there? Then came the realization that the tourists physically couldn’t get there. Two of the city’s huge arterials were closed because of the President’s visit. Rack up another one for BIKES!