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Monday in the Park

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The trip to Taunggyi and the caves almost didn’t happen. It had been raining most of the week in Nyaungshwe and when I asked U Sandimarr, the saya daw, (head monk) at Tat Ein village’s monastery about the idea of taking the kids on a trip, he basically said; we can go if the weather cooperates.

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Well, thankfully, the forecast was for clear skies on Monday, plus there were no classes slated for that day, so it seemed like all was good to go. As I mentioned in the previous post, I ended up having to rent an extra truck to be able to handle all the kids — and a few adults — who wanted to go. Even the three trucks weren’t enough to handle the demand. These trips have become popular!

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We ended up putting most of the girls and teachers in one truck, the boys in another truck, and the novice monks in yet another truck. Plus, another bunch of boys sat on the roof of each vehicle. I also passed out car sickness medicine and plastic bags to everyone. After several previous trips with this bunch, and knowing that we’d be travelling some hilly roads, the possibility of more than a few kids getting upset stomachs and puking was highly likely.

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Anyway, here are a few more photos from our stop at the Eastern Amusement Park in Taunggyi, both before and after the wild stage show. I guarantee you; people in the village are most likely still talking about that show, especially the antics of “Disco Man.”

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