In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Boat Ride to Mingun
Took the day trip from Mandalay across the Arrawaddy River to the tiny village of Mingun.
Nice to be out on the water, somewhere away from the dust and dirt and garbage, probably the only place that isn't covered in trash.
Water does such strange things to a person, calms you, quiets you, makes the beating of your heart slow down as well and flow out of you.
Little outboard fishing boat with a top deck for passengers to sit and feel the sun on their cheeks.
But not me, I like to sit down in the belly of the ferry and let my toes drag along in the river stream.
Mingun is about a 90 minute ride from the Mandalay dock, it's a sleepy little village with a couple of small temples and a massive stone sculpture that is a pilgrimage to climb.
I like standing on the shore, like watching the water pass, like watching the little ships with fishing poles and the men smiling and waving as they ride by.
Little lazy sleeping men resting the morning away.
Pass by the little farms and the simple life.
That's why these mornings are so perfect, the simple life, riding along the water towards the sunshine.