Circle Line, Yangon

Circle Line, Yangon 
 
 
We had been told by three sets of yachties who have visited Yangon, that the circular train journey is a great way to see many aspects of the city and its people. After flying in this afternoon, checking in to our digs and securing train tickets to Mawlamyine for tomorrow morning, we were free to ‘enjoy’ what this three hour circuit would bring, that is, three hours for eleven pence.................afterward, we were thoroughly fed up at the amount of plastic rubbish strewn about, those sorting through thousands of carrier bags and shoving them in huge sacks. The ghetto existence so close to the rails, warrens with little more than a holey tarpaulin for shelter. The workers in the rice paddies and lotus fields up to their waists in muddy water, earning a pittance for such hard work. Surprised by the quality of fruit, especially the apples. Train life itself, as so many hawkers came through with trays on heads, baskets on shoulders, selling everything from quail and chicken eggs, apples, satsumas, SIM cards, water, flavoured ice in small plastic bags, fizzy pop, and more. The old fashioned hip trays (here mostly selling betel nut leaf rolls for the many who chew) single cigarettes and cheap ‘cigars’. Some sellers stay on for a few stops knowing exactly when a train will come the other way, some stay for the full circuit walking up and down, up and down. Here are our pictures.
 
 
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ALL IN ALL SO MUCH HUMANITY CLINGING TO THE EDGE
                     FASCINATING, BUT OH SO SAD