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in Myanmar ~ Got Chips!
by Dannielle Capps Weldon
Saturday, August 5,2006
I have HUGE news! I ate Ruffles Chedder and Sour Cream Potato Chips today!! How happy am I right now??? I realize that you all can just run up to the local gas station/wal mart and pick up a bag but here....not that easy! I haven't had a real Lays or Golden Flake potato chip since leaving home over SIX weeks ago. Potato chips are one of my most favorite foods but after arriving here, I've learned to live without them.
The American Club Commissary got a new shipment in yesterday. They only get shipments every three months. All the people here have warned
me, When the American Club gets a shipment, go as soon as you can. Once the food is gone, it is gone for three months. So the kids and I got up this morning and Charlie took us down there. HOLY COW!! I walked in and all I could see was potato chips!! I was so happy. I grabbed a couple of bags of chips, a couple of bags of nachos, a couple of bags of pretzels, and a couple of cans of peanuts oh and I got food too. I am truly learning to appreciate all that I have at home by living here. I've said it before and I'll say it again, everyone needs to do this for a while! You don't know how truly blessed you are until you've been here
Tonight, we went to the Monsoon Restaurant to have dinner. I had the
spicy penne pasta again and David ate squid....YUCK!! The interesting
part of this night is that we rode in a TAXI!!! You haven't lived until
you've ridden in a taxi in Burma. To give you an idea about the cars here...Have
you ever wondered what happens to cars when they get old?? I mean, what
ever happened to those 1972 Pintos??? I'm not talking classic cars, I'm
talking old run down, beat up Datsuns. What happened to the Datsun cars
and trucks that we all used to see in the late 70's/early 80's. Well,
they are all here and these people use them for Taxi's!!! No interior,
no air conditioner, no handles to roll the windows up or down, some have
the seats covered with shower curtain liners but some aren't that nice,
no floor carpet just metal, no overhead upholstery just metal, no seat
belts and most importantly....no shocks! Did I tell you there is NO department
of transportation here??? These people don't repair roads. If there's
a hole in the road, that's where you will find a taxi!! The taxi's don't
Today, our adventures carried us to Hlawga Wildlife Santuary. It is located
about 40 minutes north of the city of Yangon. We had no idea where we
were going or what we would see but we packed peanut butter and jelly
sandwiches, bottles of water, OFF, a few diapers for Zoe and headed north.
Charlie knew exactly how to get us there. To give you an overall picture
of what it was like, think of Cades Cove in the smokey mountains. A single
lane sometimes dirt, sometimes paved road. It made a giant circle and
took us probably an hour and a half to go all the way through. There were
wooden bridges, places to pull off and take in the view, a lake, a creek,
rocks, and lots of wooded areas.