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    Posted August 17, 2013 by
    Mandalay, Myanmar
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    Rent a (Motor)bike

    When I was in Mandalay, Myanmar, I noticed everyone around me were on motorbikes and mopeds, not cars. So I found a shop that rented motorbikes out, and for the grand sum of $8 I had a bike for 24 hours.

    I could never have predicted what came next. I rode my way down to a temple in the southern part of the city. As I was wandering through golden arches and kneeling Buddhists, two guys approached me and asked me where I was from in Chinese. I told them I was Korean-American but had lived in China for ten years. It transpired that they were both college students at the University of Yangon, and both were studying English and Chinese -- and they were delighted to have found someone to practice on! They treated me to tea and talked to me about their lives.

    Then they asked me if I had a motorbike. "Sure I do," I replied. They looked at each other, than told me they'd take me to one of their homes.

    The rest of the day was an incredible blur. I met their families, was welcomed into their homes, drank mango soda at one of the student's brother's open air coffee shop, and went on a biking adventure to the world's longest teak bridge where I saw a magazine model shoot and tried a fried Burmese seafood pancake for the first time. We bought each other gifts and raced to get home before sundown. By the end of the day we exchanged phone numbers and addresses, and I obtained an open ended invitation to come and visit if I ever came back.

    It's one of those days I'll never forget.
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