Yangon November 9th

posted Nov 8, 2013, 4:45 PM by Jacqui Stanley   [ updated Nov 10, 2013, 5:57 PM ]
Up very early this morning to pack and to enjoy this last day in Myanmar. I have one eye on the news watching the typhoon of the century hit the Philippines and also watching its path since we will fly along the coast of Vietnam and Hong Kong. Hopefully we will depart tonight before it hits that area.
This is the third terrible typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. 

It is a pretty day and I am excited to see what Yangon has in store for our final day here.

After a great breakfast, we walked along the very busy Bogyoke Aung San Road to the market. We passed the Rangoon Railway Station which is currently under reconstruction. It is a beautiful building and it will be interesting to see what it will become. Construction is everywhere in Yangon. By next year, there will be another two thousand hotel rooms available in Yangon. But, I digress! One of the teachers we met at the International School gave us the name of his wife, who has a jade shop in the Bogyoke Aung San Market. We all wanted to see Burmese jade! (especially me!!!!) The market was incredible. We all had serious sensory overload at the sight of clothing shops, jewelry shops, wood carving shops and on and on. Eventually, we decided to split up and meet back at an appointed time and place so we could all accomplish our wish lists!! We only had 2 hours to shop, so we were very focused.

We skirted the sidewalk stalls carefully with our bags of goodies and walked back to the hotel where we met up with our group and headed out to the National Museum. We could have spent days in the museum looking at floor after floor of folk art, tribal art, models of Myanmar Royalty and much much more. 

Back at the hotel once more, we packed our bags and hung out in the lobby sharing our personal "take aways" from this trip and what we might take to our students and how we might interpret this culture into a meaningful experience for our students. The leader of our group, Dennis, came up with a "Then and Now" task to publish in the National Art Educator's magazine. 

Later, on to the airport and the beginning of our various long journeys home to family, friends and students.