HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!
We woke up today just after 5:30am! Not because we were so excited but because there is market that sets up directly outside the guesthouse and the hustle and bustle woke us up. Plus we had already had 7.5 hours sleep so its not like we hadn't slept enough. I gave Lesh 2 of his presents which were a head scarf that he wanted like mine and a Liverpool badge that he could pin to his bag. I got an excuse that my present was still in Thailand -so I have to wait...but I did agree that the cycling gloves could be a birthday present since they were so expensive and Lesh did also but me a Ben Elton 2nd hand book from Harrys guesthouse!
By 6:30am we were walking through the market and taking some photos. We stopped so Lesh could get a bowl of taufu fa...which was really tasty as it had a not so secret ingredient of some coconut milk added on top which made it taste so nice. We went back to have breakfast which was initially a pancake....by pancake they mean a poor rip off of a roti telur with condensed milk on top. I moaned as I ate mine and in fact Lesh didn't even eat his. So he went and got some noodles from next door instead.
We decided to take a bike ride round the town to take in the sights. Michelle borrowed a bike which was way too small for her tall legs but we didn't have a tool to adjust it so she had to put up with it. First we went for a long walk round the big market in town. Its the main market and it sold everything. Lesh befriended a motorbike taxi man who was actually a Nepali. He took us deep in the market to a money changer. As we changed money it was facinating to see all the different hill tribes people just walking past doing their shopping. Some had all the traditional outfit on and they looked wonderful. I so wanted to take a picture but couldn't find the confidence to go up and ask them if we could .
Next we cycled round the lake and then past a huge Buddha statue and then we came across a temple on a hill. It was hard work getting the bikes up to the temple but the scenery was great up there and the downhill was fab! While up there we spent time in the Dharma room. Michelle was enquiring whether or not she could stay for a week here and practice her meditation - but it turns out she cannot stay anywhere but licenced guesthouses in Kengtung as the military are very strict round here. It was a bit of a blow for Michelle but she had already kind of resigned that this would be the case. We rode round more trying to find another temple. We rode round for ages and I must admit I was a bit disappointed once we got there as it looked like nothing. Then a local guy who spoke no english took us round the back and past some graves and walking quite a bit further till we came to a different building which I have no idea of its purpose but it was much more beautiful. It was covered in Buddhas and it had a roof that you could climb up a rickety ladder to. Lesh and Michelle went straight up no problems. I on the otherhand had much problem. I tried one time but gave up 2 steps in as I started worrying how would I ever get back down again. Then I hear Lesh say "wow" and "amazing" and then of course I have to go up. I got there but it was terrifying and after all that it was not wow and amazing it was just ok and I realised I had been suckered in by Lesh to come up. Coming down was an even bigger ordeal. I had Lesh at the bottom coaching me down and Michelle above me keeping me calm and breathing whilst she gave me directons on where next to put my hands and feet. Not fun and deffo not a nice thing to do on your birthday.
From there we tried to call both of our mums as we knew that they would be both dying to wish us happy birthday. It was lovely but emotional to speak to my mum. We couldn't stay on long as it was so expensive. Both calls cost us a total of $15 and we were only on a matter of minutes on each call. We tried to give them the phone number of Harrys so they could call back but they couldn't get through we presume as neither called back :(
We were considering going to a hot springs nearby after lunch but it started to rain - so we gave up that idea. Instead Lesh said he was going to buy some groceries, which puzzled me a bit...but he came back with a bottle of Myanmar rum, a bottle of coke and a bag of ice!happy birthday! Before we started drinking Michelle gave us our birthday present which was a token for a complimentary acupuncture and massage session off her! We decided to cash our token in tomorrow so that Michelle could join us for a drink. We sat round drinking and playing cards for hours. We taught Michelle Hong Kong poker and she taught us a game called Casino.
We decided to treat ourselves to a tuk tuk to dinner. We went to a chinese restaurant by the lake and ordered loads of dishes with tonnes of nice veggies. When we got back we attempted to play more cards but the insect situation was not good. 2 guys from Holland came back from having a look round town on a motorbike and we sat round chatting to them for a bit until the generator went off and we realised it was bed time!
In bed I gave Lesh his final present which I had bought in Luang Prabang and then I asked him a very important question and he said yes!