Another of these early mornings! Getting up at 6 am, leaving at 6:30, and eating breakfast in one of the street restaurants on our way to the lakes. The hotels where we had stayed before served breakfast, but our current hotel, which is pretty basic, does not provide breakfast. I really enjoy eating breakfast away from the tourist crowds and where the locals eat. No toast, butter and jam, but rice soup, some fried some things, good and strong coffee, baozi, fried rice with vegetables or noodles.
Many local people eat an early breakfast in restaurants. Some eat a large breakfast, some just take a coffee and read the newspaper and chat with friends. One morning we tasted Myanmar food for breakfast, among others some delicious fried dough.
The day starts early here in Monywa, and it also ends early. Around 5:30 traffic starts on the main street, around 6:30 people start to bike to work, kids bike to school, monks go around with their black bowls to collect alms, shopkeepers open their shops and trucks loaded with goods and people arrive in Monywa. The small cafes and restaurants fill up with people for breakfast, and the betel-chewing-tobacco-producer starts filling the leaves with chalk paste, betel nuts, and tobacco, and wraps them up to be sold to customers. The hours between 6 and 8 am seem still very peaceful, compared to the heavy traffic during the day. These hours are used to feed pigeons and stray dogs with food remains, clean in front of the house, do some early shopping, offer to the spirits or just meet and chat with a neighbor.
By 11 pm things finally become quiet again, not very quiet, but reasonably quiet. And after midnight the only sounds may be from barking dogs.