Monday, February 18, 2008

The power is out again

As I mentioned earlier, consisent power is a problem everywhere in Myanmar. So at night it can gets quite dark around town. Here is a picture of the night market in the large town of Mandalay. The market had a few portable generators for power and used fluorescent lighting:


We scored some decent winter caps (Myanmar can get cold!) there for the equivalent of 60 US cents.

Many small restaurants do not have generators. Elena and I were desperate for Indian food (OK, it was mostly me!) and the only one open in the small town of Nyaung Shwe did not have a generator -- but the food was great! Here I am sitting at our table waiting for the food (we were the only customers) -- hey, you gotta have a sense of humor about these things . . .
A typical scenario in a smaller town was that a restaurant would be dark until someone showed up. As we were being seated, we would hear someone start the generator in the back and the lights would go on. We expected that to happen at this restaurant but we realized after awhile that we would be eating by candlelight.

1 comment:

kay said...

Hey Travis,

I really enjoy your posts and especially the wonderful photos that chronicle your travels.

Looks like you are having the time of your life.

Thanks for sharing the experience.

retmd