Governor House Pyin Oo LwinGubernatorial House Pyin Oo Lwin
Visit to Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar and the Brits' homes
I' m on my way to a small city in the north east of Mandalay named Pyin Oo Lwin. Colder climates made it a favourite destination for the British in the summer months of their colonisation and I am eager to see how this legacy has remained unlike the rest of the land.
"He leaned over this street constructed by the Brits and told me by breathing his sprouts in my directions. It is certainly not what one would have expected from a breed that lived so long under settlers who essentially treat the locals like wildsters. Orwell' s glimpse through a timid but piercing tunnel into Burma is the way the locals actually think the Brits are better-looking.
When you travel in Myanmar today, you don't feel that humans consider themselves poor, but as in many emerging economies, there is a kind of appreciation for foreign nationals that goes beyond mere manners. Phyyin Oo Lwin is about as near as I get to the city of Katha, where George Orwell was living in Burma during his time.... but mentioned in his writings Kyauktada to prevent any slander issues.
Today, several hundred kilometers to the northern side, Katha lies in a part of the country that is banned for immigrants because of ethnical conflicts. However, you can get a feeling for Britain's impact here. Pyin Oo Lwin's bustling downtown shopping area is the most memorable Myanmar event I've ever seen. However, when I leave, it only lasts a few steps until the Tudor-style villas appear.
Enormous colorful cottages along the streets that lead away from the center of the town have been converted into school, administration building or resort complex. Its best-known, which has become popular in Paul Theroux''The Great Railway Bazaar', is a resort named Candaci. It is a memory of the present, which stands strikingly before and in the center of the past.
It' s like the bell-tower in the middle of Pyin Oo Lwin, still playing the same carillon as Big Ben, but it's just a weak cry from a past time that gets wasted on the passing motorcycles. Flory, the main figure from Orwell's "Burmese Days", is taking a new Brit to a spot of the show and tries to show the beauties he sees in the play.
Orwell' s years in Burma, like those of the colonists in Britain, will only be an indication of the historic history of this state. It' taken off my side for a minute or two.