Burma – Inle Lake

Inle Lake: In which the author takes a sadistic 18-hour, over-night bus trip to one of Burma’s most fascinating destinations, discusses the state of driving, reflects on incessant misery, encounters his first serious shyster, tours the lake villages, enjoys being the center of attention wherever he goes, considers apprenticeship, marriage, kidnapping and monastical study, bullies aforementioned shyster and leaves on yet another ass-smashing over-night bus.