When we woke up in our guesthouse in Sinbo, Kachin State, on February 16th it was frigid and foggy outside.
James, a Kiwi, did his best to see how long his morning cigarette ash could dangle while he kept smoking it:
These veggies were being chopped up for our breakfast:
After eating, we headed down to the riverbank to catch our boat to Bhammo. This boat was sitting with a new coat of paint:
A few boats waiting for their time to shove off and down the river:
As we were sitting in our small boat, waiting to leave, I couldn’t help but notice the message on the boat next to us:
Another thing I noticed on the boats was how they kept the turbines centred at the back – some had springs, but the tension on many was maintained with cheap bungy cords:
The trip down the river to Bhammo went fine. We got stuck on sandbars a number of times, so people had to get out and push, but we each arrived in one piece and settled down for a couple nights at a cheap hotel in Bhammo. The next day I went on an adventure with one of the Austrians…