Happy Halloween from Mandalay!

Greetings to everyone on my favorite day of the year!   I had wondered how exactly I was going to celebrate Halloween when a) no one in Myanmar celebrates October 31, and b) most of the other travelers I meet are from countries that do not celebrate October 31 (i.e., pretty much every country but America).  However, a fellow traveler, Eileen from Germany, invited me this morning at our guest house to join her at the movies to see Dracula.  This is clearly as Halloween-y as it is going to get here, so I gladly accepted.

We purchased our theater tickets for 2000 kyat each (about $2).  I bought some bottled water and Chickpea Strips (delicious!) and we sat down to enjoy the show.  Instantly noticeable was the amount of noise in the theater coming from the crinkling of plastic and aluminum snack bags.  I know now why theaters at home serve popcorn in tubs:  the crackling made it sound like the theater was on fire.  Dracula, also known as The Cast of Game of Thrones Visits Transylvania, is one of those CGI-crazy revisionist action films where the character you’ve always known as “the bad guy” ends up just being really misunderstood.  I typically hate these types of films.  But Eileen and I had a fabulous time Mystery Science Theater-ing it (as did several of the Burmese folks around us, repeating epic phrases and making us giggle).

Me: “You know, I bet the casting director was saying, ‘Hmm.  I need to find a boy who will cower fearfully and cry a lot.  Is Rickon from Game of Thrones available?  He is?  Great!'”

Eileen:  [as Vlad the vampire protectively leads Rickon away from a final scene of carnage] “Your mother’s dead and I’m a vampire, but it’s totally going to be okay.”

Me: “I’m going to leave you with Thoros of Myr; he’ll take care of you.”

Me: [when Vlad’s silver ring starts to burn him as he becomes a vampire and he throws it into the river] “One ring to rule them all!”

Eileen: “No! The precious!”

Me:  [when Charles Dance as the vampire/devil makes his first appearance] “Dude, is that Tywin Lannister dressed as Voldemort???”

Charles Dance:  “Let us begin the game.”

Me: “Yes… this game … of thrones.”  <insert evil Mr. Burns scheming fingers>

And the like. 🙂 The movie directors did a great job of making a LOTR/GOT/Harry Potter tribute, complete with eyeliner-wearing “Turks” with bad Russian accents.  We had a BLAST.  Hope you all do, too:  happy Halloween!

My hippie farang/I Dream of Jeannie costume at the Mingalar Diamond Cineplex

My hippie farang/I Dream of Jeannie costume at the Mingalar Diamond Cineplex

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