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
is on the right side, too. So there are great problems when
overtaking, because for the driver it is difficult to see oncoming
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
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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