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During our travels in Burma, we knew many friendly and curious people, and saw something of their typical characteristics.
Even the writing of the Burmans has nothing to do with the generally writing symbol of Asian characters. It consists mainly of rounded forms and is therefore also called bladder or pretzel writ.
The clothing has also nothing to do with ours. No matter whether in cities or the countryside, many Burmans wear the traditional longyi, "a kind of ankle length skirt.
The footwear is sandals or flip flops which are of course very practical by visiting pagodas, because you can enter the holy places only barefoot. Since our childhood we are no longer running barefoot as much as during our travels in Burma.
Mostly in the countryside, the girls and women put the Thanaka paste in her face like make up. The paste cools and protects the skin of the sun, too. The cheeks are painted with circles or ornate floral and leaf designs.
Very curious and a little bit dangerous is the traffic. Here you drive on the right, but the
steering-wheel is on the right side, too. So there are great problems when overtaking, because for the driver it is difficult to see oncoming traffic. We have never seen so many junk cars or any vehicles, such as patched-up here, we wondered that the even drive.
The local currency is the kyat, but the people are very happy to get U.S. dollars as payment, but the notes are only accepted, if they not dirty ore damaged in any way. Fresh new notes will be best accepted.
You can change in special shops, in hotels and jewelleries, without problems. The locals know the money changer and give you the informations.

Most important: Myanmar donít accept any credit cards.
Here at Impressions, we put all photos, which we could not put on our other sides. But we just wanted to show these typical pictures.

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