ugh... it's still dark when we are up to catch the 5:30 boat to Mandalay. we've got the fast boat [12 hours] instead of the slow boat [2 days]. i crash for a few hours then wake up and go sit on the upper deck which is really nice until the sun creeps onto us and then it's just really hot. we move to another section of the boat until lunch time which is some very average fried rice. we find some deck chairs for the afternoon and open a bottle of wine. the boat is quite shabby but being on the water is nice and the trip is relaxing as we cruise through the undeveloped area between Bagan and Mandalay.
i was hoing to see some of the Irrawaddy dolphins ... a rare fresh water dolphin but we are on a part of the river where they have all been killed.
i finally finish Freedom From Fear, a collection of papers and speeches by Ang Sung Suu Kyi. it's not an easy read but gives me some more perspective on the social and political situation in Myanmar.
the day ends with us cruising into Mandalay with the sun setting behind us as we get our first glimpse of the pagodas and temples that line the riverbanks.