It Feels Like our Chin State of Burma
We were hiking up a mountain ridge and my cell phone rang. I answered the phone and was talking to Biak Cin Thang in High Point. So I said, here you talk to Mr. Thakbal. Peng Len talked to Biak and the translation came back, that the mountain terrain made Peng Len Thakbal feel like he was in Burma.
Counterpoint that thought with a conversation I had with Peng Len’s son, Joshua. I asked him if the waterfalls reminded him of those in his home Chin state. He said he had never seen Chin waterfalls. Kay and I later realized he had left his homeland when he was age 3 to 4 years.
While we were all catching our breath from exertion, Nyein told me when he was young, they were building on the top of a 2700 foot high Karen mountain and he would carry 100 pound packs straight up the side of the mountain.
Shen Malay Bo Ram Sing Nan, nicknamed Es Lu Lu, was also on this hike and she fell right into the jaunt having hiked, over the years, into remote Kachin villages to preach the word to her countrymen.