since we have arrived in burma,almost 3 weeks ago, almost everyone on the streets calls us with "hello baby"! they mainly mean tosca with it and then wave and tosca waves back. in fact we all wave back.than they would approach us and we would have a little chat with hands and feet and sometimes some little english. most of the time they would take tosca in their arms,kiss her or cuddle her and would adore thalia for her big eyes and eyelashes. for burmese the size and shape of the eye,the eyebrowns and eye lashes are beauty symbols par excellence. the bigger the eyebrown,the more hair,the longer and dense the eye lashes,the prettier. thalias killer eye lashes make everyone adore her to bits! on the streets people would call her and point to her eyes and face! i think my girls havent eaten that much sweets since ever! although christmas at uncle richards house was a sugar shock fro them too. lol. we would return to our hotel with a bag full of stuff. tangerines,coconut balls,cookies,bananas,the burmese people offer whatever they have to my girls!
in the past weeks we heard almost everyday the whole day "hello baebeeh". that much that toscas first sentence ever was " hello baebeeh" omg all of a sudden one day she said hallo baby and we couldnt stop laughing! now its the running joke in our family. each time we want to tease tosca we say "hello baby". she would than start laughing hard!
when fernando and i travelled in the americas,we went to remote places and just loved to mingle with the locals. in terms it wasnt easy as sometimes they were suspicious what the heck those gringos wanted at that god forgotten parts of countries we had traveled to.
now with our girls it couldnt be easier! all i could have asked for happened to us and even more. we dont need to approach anyone. people approach us. everywhere. anytime. we,as a family, with two young children, are a bigger attraction to them than they are to us!!!! if one spots us he or she would immediately call her friends around and point to us and smile and say hello baby!
we eat and drink at street markets and of course all of us already had some stomach adjustment time. lol
my favorite food is green tea leaf salad! i love it! its soooooooooooo delicious. and we are in chapati heavan here. due to the indian immigrants who came with the brits to build the railway there is delicious indian food available on every corner almost.
since burma is not yet the country where one would usually travel with kids. let alone with small kids. sometimes i just want to cry because people are so kind to us. the less they have the more generous they tend to be! in the cities the people love to take photos of the girls! or with us in general cause fernando is another big attraction here! because of his height and his full beard he is kind of an alien around.on a market he was approached by a small girl who stood petrified in front of him pointing to his face and asking what that hair on his face is! she had never seen a full beard before!!!
and fernando can grow some serious beard let me tell you that….lol!
unfortunately we cant really travel the way we would like to travel here as most remote parts of the country are still closed to tourism and one sticks more or less to the beaten path. modernisation is everywhere and although travelling in burma will still shoot you back into yesteryear it wont take long and it will be more and more accessible and easier to travel around. hopefully it wont loose its charme though….
very anxious i couldnt wait to see the temples of bagan! more than 3000 temples built between the 11th and 13th century spread around on small land. where ever you look is a pagode,small or big and will blow away your mind! usually people rent bikes to explore but with the brutal heat of the sun and to be able to see more without our girls complaining,we chose to rent a driver who turned to be a fantastic guide as well!
you barely or in fact never hear a burmese child crying or screaming. i was asking people about it and they would laugh. children here are seen as a big gift and are respected very much. each time tosca throws a tantrum i say "european kids" hahaha.
one lady who spoke perfectly english as she had worked abroad before,told me that westerners give the children a lot of freedom.freedom to choose.which she would prefer as it would turn out great in the long run. according to her burmese kids wont get that opportunity and therefore obey….hmmm. dont really know if that is the reason why they never cry……
travelling in burma makes me feel like a superstar. the attiontion we get from the people is amazing! so kind,so humble,so generous,so chitty chatty and lovely that i want to embrace them all for being so kind and generous to us!!!!
words wouldnt be enough to describe the beauty of the people we have encountered and i am already very,very sad that we have to leave this beautiful country soon….
one day i will for sure return with my family!

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