Incredible Myanmar

These pictures are of me leaving Penang, which was very tough to leave!!

Last night in Penang

Last night in Penang

Penang harbour!!

Penang harbour!!

My goodbye picture in Penang!

My goodbye picture in Penang!

I am in Yangon, Myanmar, and this is just an incredible place!!! 300 Ethnic groups here, and I will quote my Lonely Planet Guide, “You feel you have stepped into an issue of National Geographic around 1910, with no Starbucks in sight!” Buddhist’s make up 80 percent of the population, with Christians and Muslins filling in the rest.

I am sitting in the airport waiting for my flight to Mandalay, and believe or not Rudyard Kipling, the author of the poem “Mandalay”, was never there. The beautiful old building’s, shutters, and doors reminds me of Havana, Cuba in some ways; with the wide roads, trees, parks, lots of green, and very gentle people. My hotel is $80 US a night, and is just delightful. There is a wonderful roof top breakfast every morning overlooking the Pagoda (there are many), the rooms are large with all the Western trimmings done in old world. Getting cash here is major exercise, there are lots of ATMs, but don’t expect them to work, I don’t think they have figured that part out yet! You have to have US money, only crisp new bills. My Visa-card (bankcard), didn’t work, but there are Master-card signs all over the place, so I tried, got money without my pin number (there is a bit of corruption somewhere, I would suggest). The Internet is spotty; my Blackberry doesn’t work except with the Hotel’s Wi-Fi, my mobile works on and off. Everything is changing very quickly here, I am so happy to be here at beginning. This country is quite large, and to see the major sites, Mandalay, Began and Inle Lake, I have to fly. So for next 4 days I have a flight a day to get to these places and back to Yangon for grand total of $356 US, for 4 trips. I don’t see a lot of tourists, maybe because it is the end of the rainy season. On the way to the airport in the taxi this morning, a lady was living out in the open on the side of road and was arranging flowers in vase for her table, which was covered by tarp, (very proud and gracious people).

I will report more with pictures!!

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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5 Responses to Incredible Myanmar

  1. Hotel is called The Laurel !! Happy new year , all the very best
    Betty
    Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

  2. Merome says:

    Hi Betty, unfortunately not in Hobart now, probably not until March; presume you will have headed West, North or Eat by then.
    Will keep in touch, loving your adventures. If you get to far north WA, aim for Exmouth to swim with the Whale Sharks on Ningaloo reef.

  3. Betty Steinhauer says:

    Merry Christmas
    Am in Hobart now! I will end email find out name of Hotel, I can’t remember!
    Are you in hobart now?
    Betty

  4. Merome says:

    Hi Betty hope you’re travelling well. We met u in Mandalay airport as you were heading to Inle Lake and we were off to Bangkok and back to Australia.
    Enjoy Hobart, stop in at the Pilgrim for a great coffee and if you get a chance can you let us know the name of the hotel you stayed at in Mandalay

    Safe journey and Happy New Year

  5. Prue Chambers says:

    Just love hearing from you! So glad you are having a great voyage and look forward to receiving more reports. Meantime take care and have fun! Love as always Prue

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