“The One About Puppets in Myanmar”
Ah vacations… they are, simply put, the best! No matter what happens just the feeling of getting on an airplane instead of going into work just lights up my soul. I had a short 2-week vacation this time around but I was determined not to waste one second of it. Maybe a 5 day trip to Myanmar was a little ambitious, but you know, why not?!
It started out with the epitome of luxury travel in bus form. It was such a smart choice to take the upgrade for the overnight bus from Yangon to Bagan. Music, movies, entertainment, reclining seats and a comfortable ride helped make the 10 hour journey not feel so bad. We had the idea of making the best of my short time in Myanmar and we were heading off to a great start.
When we arrived it started to rain, but I had high hopes that it would stop soon! I mean I was only here for such a short time, it must stop right? Well it didn’t; from the second we got there up until the hour before I left, it rained non-stop. It put a little damper on the plans because we had to travel so much through the crazy streets of Myanmar in the rain. The front page of the newspaper at the hotel had reported: “4- day storm to hit all of Myanmar!” Oh hell, of course it would be on the exact days I was there. Even through the bad weather though, we still went to all the places we wanted to, took our umbrellas and danced in the rain through all of the awesome temples and landmarks.
The best thing is that it was completely empty, we went sight-seeing, went to the beautiful temples, and didn’t have to worry about any crowds. There is a great feeling of being in a huge empty place and not having to fight through the mounds of people taking selfies to get anywhere for some nice pictures or just take our time to stroll around.
I love learning about the history and culture in the places I travel to, it’s so fascinating to me. I thought it was very interesting that Mandalay is known for their Marionette Puppet Shows, like actual string puppets, performed by an actual “Puppet Master.” I think the closest I’ve gotten to a string puppet show in my lifetime was watching Stromboli’s show in the movie Pinocchio when I was younger. I was actually amazed by the performance, they really try to keep the culture by bringing these puppets alive for the audience. I was also amazed that I was sitting, watching a puppet show, performed by an 85-year-old Puppet Master in Mandalay, Myanmar… seriously. I’m still in awe that I am traveling to all of these places I never thought I would, watching things that I couldn’t even imagine, it still kind of blows my mind. But at that moment, there I was, listening to Burmese music, and watching a Marionette puppet show.