Stephen and I moved to Myanmar just two weeks before the biggest holiday of the year: Thingyan or Water Festival. We were warned ahead of time that everything shuts down. Grocery stores close, restaurants close, businesses close. Everyone is on holiday. No working for the entire country. We went shopping to stock up on groceries and the stores were madness! We stood in line to pay almost twice as long as we spent shopping for the items we wanted to buy!
Then they shouted “Happy new year!” And ran back across the street. We were soaked through. April is the hottest time of the year in Myanmar so maybe everyone loves Thingyan so much because getting sprayed with water cools you off. Everyone seemed really happy, that’s for sure!
Stephen is allergic to shellfish and so much of the food in Myanmar and the rest of Asia has some kind of shellfish in it. But there is also plenty of vegetarian food, partly from Buddhism.
Eating street food is a risk but we chose to take that risk and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Not only did we buy some fried food we also bought a bowl of noodles where the cooks were mixings the ingredients together with their fingers.
The woman whom we bought the noodles from was really sweet. All of her tables were full so she gave us little stools to sit on in the park behind all the street vendors.
For 500 Kyats (50 cents) we got a lovely bowl of noodles and a small bowl of broth. Street food is delicious and inexpensive. And neither of us got sick! ha!
Tons of people walked or drove down this street.