IN THE CIRCLE LINE OF YANGON

One of the must-do things in Yangon is definetively to get on the famous Circle Line and run for few hours northbound of the city to observe its suburbs.

The train departs from Central Station in Yangon and returns there after three hours with a wide circle of about 46 km around the city. The ticket only costs 300kyats (less than 0,50€) and the train stops in 38 stations.

The train has no doors and the windows are wide open. It’s hot in the summer, and when the train stops even hotter. The train passes along City Universities, Monastery and military barracks. Runs through  fields and floating gardens of neighboring villages, squeaking and hissing along the tracks of the most extreme poverty. But this Line has no “classes” and the whole society is equally seated on the old wooden planks along the rustic wagons. 

Get off in the middle of nowhere and take a look around you. In the suburbs of Yangon you find students, universitary professors, farmers and beggers. Burmese people is very respectful and kind, but they recognize ill intentions…

This trip to the most popular reality of the Burmese city, gave me the chance to meet local people and feeling part of their life. I met monks, mother taking their kids to school. Vendors of all sorts taking their vegetables and goods to the markets downtown. I loved the journey, I enjoyed every minute of it!

 

 

Francesca Braghetta

I grew up in Italy between Liguria and Sardinia, by sea, but I lived in London for three years where I was a Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins – College of Art and Design. When I returned to Rome I graduated in Comics and Illustration for children, and worked as a graphic designer and freelance photographer for few years. I love outdoor sports: snowboard is my favourite. I like writing and taking photographs, and in 2013 I started this travel blog. I have always been a curiosus person and I love travelling: I have visited 22 countries so far! I speak 3 languages fluently and I’m currently studying Chinese: 大家好!我叫晨光。I use a good old Canon 5D…

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