Portions of this letter were published in To Myanmar With Love. ThingsAsian Press. 2009. pp187-188.
Pyin U Lwin, Shan State
Sunday January 16, 2005
Dear Family and Friends,
This morning I am having a hot cup of real coffee.
Most of the coffee in Myanmar has been "Coffee Mix." A packet of instant coffee, sugar and powdered milk. Just add hot water.
Thankfully, coffee is grown in the hills nearby. Pyin U Lwin, an old British "hill station" in the mountains is just 67 kilometers east of Mandalay.
And hot is what I need. This morning I could see my breath! Man, it's cold. Osama was good enough to make some vegetable soup for breakfast. I dined out in the sun, with several layers of clothing. I remembered to bring along my scarf and hat, but I neglected to bring my woolen gloves. Why in the world did I pack them if not for mornings like this?