My friends are cruising the Irrawaddy River in Burma/Myanmar. Their ship is docked in Bagan, It is an exotic place.
I’m treated to photos and travelogues as they explore the world. I love it.
And then tonight, she called on Skype. I expected voice, but there she was on my screen from their cabin.
Unlocked cell phone. Burmese sim. Internet plan. It’s the third world in the Twenty First Century.
She proceed to take me on a tour of the ship.
We went up and down, through hallways and up stairs, into and out of parlors and dining rooms. She walked me down the gangway so I could see the ship itself.
“It’s my friend from California,” she said, while passing some perplexed shipmates.
They only cruise during daylight. The river is too dangerous after dark with many uncharted sand bars.
It is a shallow draft, flat bottom boat. It was built to cruise this fabled river.
What an absolutely cool call! We live in amazing times.