Saturday, May 16, 2009

5 May – Myawadi, Burma

We spent a day in eastern Burma, curious to get a glimpse of the country. We were not welcome to enter Burma by car. The military strongmen who are the dictators of the Great Socialist Union of Myanmar seem to be particularly nervous about being invaded by Swedish families in Red Land Rovers. So we walked across the Friendship Bridge into Burma, leaving Alhambra in Thailand.
Burma is desperately poor. The people are suffering immensely under the dictatorship. But as long as China wants to keep Burma as a buffer state, things will not improve.
That said, as so often in countries where poverty and misery is the norm, people are very friendly and we enjoyed our day in the backstreets of Myawadi.

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