Former Capital of MyanmarMyanmar's former capital
Yangon - the former capital of Myanmar - is more than the largest city, one of the largest places of pilgrimage with the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.
Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, is full of stories and awe.
You should find out on which date of the month you were borne before you go to Myanmar's most icon. It' not the kind of information you normally need to know when traveling, but after walking up the big stairs to Yangon's sparkling gold Shwedagon Pagoda, it's something that can make your trip even more so.
The most holy place of Buddhism, the Shwedagon Lagoon, rules the city. Underneath the cupola and under the Buddhas with blinking LEDs there are also areas especially for those who are borne every single orbita. All days have their own planets and animals, except Wednesday, which has two.
Since I know that I am a Wednesday night infant, I can attend a ceremonial in my particular spot and find out that my pet is a toothless bull (Wednesday am elvants have tusks), and my home is Rahu, a mystical unseen planet that devours the eclipse to cause darkness. Although we were in Shwedagon for an memorable dawn, we returned the same afternoon at sundown and I am fascinated again by the change of lights on the gold canopy.
"Nobody is perfectionist, but everyone can do better and I keep trying," he trusts before saying that he is hoping that further transformation in Myanmar will make the next generation's lives better. Yangon is no longer the country's formal capital, but still the largest and most important town, and here you can sense both the story and the dynamics of transformation.
Visiting the protected monuments such as the Town Hall, Supreme Court and Main Post Office can give you a foretaste of the past, while you can also indulge in a drinks, a dinner or even a visit to other historical monuments. Today, this sleek Victory manor house has returned to its former splendour, and you don't have to be a visitor to this suite to have a drinks in the historical cafe.
As it was customary to try my first dumplings, the pasta and seafood dishes that are regarded by many as Myanmar's nationwide cuisine, our native leader had a new place in the forefront. Having walked up a creaking wood stairs in an old house in the historical center of the town, we enter a classy room that could be in Sydney, London or any fashionable town, although the old Myanmar films shown on a screen reminds us of where we really are.
It' s tasty, as are the tea I try locally, and it's simple to see how this sophisticated tea house attracts crowds from all over the globe. In the 1990', after 20 years in Switzerland, where he ran a night club, Sharky returned to his home country Myanmar, where he began to produce the food he liked in Europe with locally grown-food.
Walking through his delicatessen with a big face-smiling, he shows us the bagsuettes and crisps that have won him so many admirers and how experimentation with the dairy from native buffalos has lead to his own attitude towards Dutch and Swedish cuisine. Every bite is a win, from the cheeseboard and "barma" prosciutto (a Myanmar variation of Parma) to the thin crusty pizza, salad and the only Myanmar ice cream with certification.
Then it was also not discovered that on Wednesday night infants had connections to an unseen planetary body that was swallowing the star. Being a town that has amazed and pleased me, I can't look forward to further exploration of Yangon's past and seeing it move into the new age.