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Two perfect days at Inle Lake
As I was in Myanmar to plan my two week trip, I walked back and forth across Inle Lake for a few days. Everybody tries to cheat you; it's too costly; everybody just does the same thing at the same timeframe in the same way. We started to appear as we were descending from the Kalaw hill to Lake Inle.
Dave and I went looking for a smoky dish of mohinga, a popular pasta and what was our morning snack in Bagan. We ended our breakfasts with a dish of tasty shan noodlesoup - another basic food from my days in the countryside - and a tasty lettuce, three steamsas and two jars of teas, 80% of which consisted of evaporated water.
Myanmar has a reputable name for being expensive, but when you are eating locally and travelling the country, it doesn't have to be. We' ve booked into our hotel: the $40 a nights Inle Lake Star. We had a neat room with AC and surprising Wi-Fi (at least for Myanmar), and the roof patio and free on-site breakfasts were a delight.
Is that our primary motivation for staying there? It was about twenty meters from where you take the ferries to the lakes. When the night came I felt quite normal again and Dave was back from his stroll, so we went outside to see if we could rent a sail.
Here are the deals: The boots are quite small, so you end up seated on synthetic seats that all point in the same way. So we drove down a channel and onto Inle Lake, and I immediately began to take pictures in all directions. And then I quit taking pictures because the wrong fisher began to dance hoping for a tip.
Five-minute drive across the pond, we pulled over. Tormenting five and a half min. went by. I have seen many sundowns in the last four years and I can tell you that my quiet moment in the centre of Inle was by far the slower one. Having enjoyed our breakfasts on the patio with a view of the pond, we got back in our boats and headed out to enjoy half a full working year.
Then we crossed a row of channels surrounded by buildings, stores and school buildings, as well as the sporadic pit. My peak of my days at the Inle-See was the Cheroot-Fabrik. I had never had a smoke before, but there I was, on a footstool in the plant with a lady who gave me a glowing smoke of a Cheroot.
It felt like a D.A.R.E. spot, but for the first of my lives I was considering saying yes. I had to move away from the Cheeroot plant before I could buy all of her inventory, and just like that a new Smoker was-birth. and next year I' m not going empty-handed.
That was Inle Lake! Inle Lake sound like a place you'd either like, or not?