MYANMAR is a places that I wanted to visit for a long time, but unlike-other trips that I had, I went with no expectations. I was in Myanmar as an ordinary backpacker.
The circular train for sure is one of the reasons why I spent a few days in Yangon. The train ride took me approximately 4 hours (the full route takes longer to complete but I had to stop due to a small incident).Travel Stories kindness Myanmar visit
Kindness in Myanmar
So it all began on a lovely Sunday afternoon together with my friends I newly made from the hostel. I stepped onto the train, same as those tourists visiting Yangon. I seated quickly as there were not a lot of people on it. As the train departed Yangon central station, I wandered around on the train, moving and exploring on carriage after another. It was full of kids and families. I was told they hold picnics on the train as part of their weekly routine and they enjoyed the amazing view along the route.
When I finished my first roll of film, I was joined by two kids on the train. They looked at me and we smiled at each other. We couldn’t really communicate because I don’t speak Burmese and they don’t understand English but they were eager to show me the neighborhood by pointing at the passing sceneries.
There were many local hawkers selling different snacks on the train. The kids bought a sweet corn, broke it in half and gave a piece to me.
As they were passing me the sweet corn, we exchanged eye contacts. At that moment, language barrier did not exist and the kindness from him was beyond any describable words. It was the highlight of my trip. For the people and its culture, I would love to visit Myanmar again anytime soon.