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  The Gokteik bridge
by Mique

This bridge is a bit of an engineering feat. It was build over a 100 years ago over this huge ravine. For many years this bridge hasn't been maintained properly by the Burmese government (since the british had arranged a guarantee period or something like that) but i've heard that lately maintenance has been done. Much needed too probably...

We had the train from Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin. Since we arrived a day later than we had asked for 1st class tickets (well first class...., with trains in Burma, first class means something completely different than for us westerners). So we ended up on normal seats. Me, next to the window for a good view. Which i enjoyed as long as we were not on the bridge... I have a fear of heights. And the ravine is deep! Not only that, of course we were sitting on the side where there was no fence, or anything noticeably between us and the ravine should the train fall. And now i understand why the train crosses this bridge so slowly. But i didn't enjoy it very much when everybody in our carriage started to hang our way to have a good view (the other side being apparently less good for viewing). But it is an experience that much is sure...

I couldn't take a good photo. I know that it usually isn't much of a problem but unfortunately i had an officer in our carriage and he also said something about not photographing when i took the first picture. Too bad. And i really don't feel up to crossing that bridge again. I'll bus about as usual....

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  • Updated Mar 26, 2008
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