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A jaunt to the oldest golf course in Myanmar at Thayet

WE ARE OFF TO VISIT THE VERY FAMOUS THAYET GOLF COURSE.

Getting up the river bank .... no problem ... a couple of the crew can give a lift up.

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We clamber onto the days mode of transport ... no not that one ...

... this one ...

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Marianne, being Marianne, takes the reins ...

& I spy todays girl in Yellow ... two girls in Yellow - A bonus day.

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& here they are cracking up at Marianne, also in yellow notice, driving by ..

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We have to pass through the small town ..

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A quick glimpse of another girl in yellow ..

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Is Marianne still with us? Still doing ok? ....

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There is no end to the stuff the ladies are prepared to carry on their heads .. flowers this time ..

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Mingalaba to you too young lady ...

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Right hand down a bit Marianne - Turn, Turn girl, Turn ....

Ok - Phewww !

and the lady on the left has what must be the smallest of loads on her head. What is that?

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A fuzzy shot of Marianne running someone off the road ...

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And here we are at the Golf club. Not just any old Golf Club but the oldest Golf Club ... affiliated to St. Andrews no less.

NIce looking greens ..

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but the fairway could do with a bit of work ...

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The passengers get a couple of chances at a hole in one but it is enough exercise for one day & it is way too hot for me so I head off to the club house ...

... with a quick chat with the horses on the way ..

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The fees seem ok but I think I will pass ..

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And we take the buggy back to to the boat past yet more ladies with things on their minds

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We shove off & head further upstream .. to see more life along the banks of the Ayeyarwady ...

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There is our hill to climb in the morning but I decide to climb it tonight.

I get to the top & it is quite dark. There appears to be only one road & as seems the norm in these villages, the road runs along a raised bank. I turn left & look to see what's what. The raised road lets me look down on either side. I can see people in light from dwellings. People watching TV or just going about their business. No locked doors. No glass that I can see in windows. There are few people on the road. I don't see anywhere to stop & have a drink of anything & what light there is peters out so I turn & trace my steps back & past where I came up from the river.

I finally find a rather ramshackle place that looks like it might serve beer. I step down the bank & into the place. There are a few of benches, one occupied by three or four men drinking what appears to be bottles of whiskey. I sit down on another bench. There is an elderly lady at the back watching a small TV. A lady just sitting. Everyone is quite curious that I am there. I doubt they get too many tourists even during the daytime.

A man comes over & stands in front of me & I ask for a beer, he sets a large bottle in front of me. I hand him a note & he looks at me & at another man a little away from me. They both shrug & then the second man hands the first some money. I realise I have not paid enough & the other man is paying the balance of my bill.

HOW NICE IS THAT?

I don't let him pay but I was amazed at the generosity of the man.

I sat there while I drank the beer & watched life return to normal around me.

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On the way back to the ship a man walked alongside me & then pointed me down a pitch black alleyway to the ship. Another man on a motor cycle parked his bike so I could walk by the light of his headlight.

Another very nice thing for people to do.

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At the end of the lane & just before it dropped down to the ship I noticed some men drinking in another small bar.

After a bit of trouble finding the entrance I went in for another beer & a few nibbles of whatever snacks the people there were eating. Again I was made very welcome.
People came in from other rooms to say Mingalaba, shake hands & smile.

Another beer & I still safely negotiated the steps down to the boat.

A very pleasant evening ashore. It would not be everyones cup of tea but I enjoyed myself. My first time out at night on my own since Yangon.

I might have spent five dollars - maybe.

Posted by hasbeen 11:07 Archived in Myanmar

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