Landed in Mandalay around 1200hr this afternoon and spent the day trying to orient myself in the city. I’m staying a bit further away from the center than I’d like, as I didn’t realize how quite enormous and sprawling this place is. Still trying to figure out my next movements. Either Taunggyi or Kengtung or Nyaungshwe. Then who knows. I eventually need to make my way down to Yangon to meet some people, but other than that, this little slice of Asia is my oyster. For now, let’s open things up with a little cliche. An elder monk at Tingaza Kyaung.