Burma – Mandalay

Mandalay: In which the author realizes a new level of over-night bus misery, rents a bicycle, rides said bicycle through an unspeakably filthy, polluted city, becomes perturbed at various authority figures, learns about gold leaf, has the first of several hissy fits, has the second of several hissy fits, rests, visits several sites outside Mandalay, gets filthier and sweatier than he ever thought possible, has the third of several hissy fits, and leaves with some difficulty on an over-night train.