A Waterlily, Gasoline, Indigo and Tea with Popcorn

Inle lake was full of channels made up of grasses and floating farms, and cruising down them we often felt like we were in the movie Apocalypse Now.

A tiger never jumped out at us (damn) but at times the channels opened up and we found ourselves in garden of waterlilies at the foot of a small village.Inle Pottery Village WaterliliesMr. Win handed me one of the waterlilies…
Mr. Win handed me a perfect pink waterlilyWhen we needed to gas up we came to a small store where the gas was pumped by hand.
Boat tour of Inle Lake in Myanmar: Buying Gas A bit further along the lake we again stopped to talk with a family and have more tea, and surprise, popcorn!A Visit with a Family at the Inle Lake Dying Village The father was asking where we were from, and Mr Win translated his request.

“Vancouver,” I burst out and then at the man’s blank look I added “Canada.” Another blank look.

Al chimed in, “Next to United States.” Still no response.

Mr. Win explained, “He doesn’t know where that is, he has no education.”

I mimed flying, “Plane, 16 hours, long way.”

That they all seemed to understand.
A Visit with a Family at the Inle Lake Dying Village His village specialized in dyeing cloth with indigo blue.The Inle Lake Village that Specializes in Dying IndigoThe next village over specialized in dyeing cloth other colours.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Dyed Threads Inle Lake: Weaving VillageThese threads were combed out and knotted so that when they were dyed again they would produce an ikat pattern in the weave.The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Dying Threads for Ikat Weave From here we went to the weaving village, where I managed to get a small photo of what the ikat dyeing produces when woven into cloth.
Inle Lake Ikat Weave More on our 2013 trip to Myanmar.

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