Category Archives: Burma

Yangon – Downtown Streets

In Yangon, near the downtown, the side streets are lined with apartments stacked almost always exactly seven floors above the ground level. At the front is a porch area, usually hanging with drying laundry, mostly barred, and also with barred windows.  … Continue reading

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Yangon – All That Glitters

The stunning golden side of Yangon -the Karaweik Palace is a concrete reproduction of a royal barge

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The rooms are not fancy but the floors and walls are wood, perfectly varnished, furnished with everything one needs, and clean. The hot water works, the aircon works, the breakfast is ample and excellent, the staff is quiet and lovely, and there is a small garden area if you would rather be outside than in your room hiding from the afternoon Yangon heat. Continue reading

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Inching Across Burma – Bagan to Inle (Kalaw)

via the locals bus.  Surprisingly, the actual bus we would ride in was the vehicle which came to my hotel at 3:30 am.  After gathering up the pre-booked passengers throughout Nyaung U, it parked by the market where it was … Continue reading

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Written while in Myanmar, posted while in Myanmar and italicized comments added later. In Myanmar, the internet is gradually becoming more widely available and efficient.  In Yangon it is quite easy to find.  It may run quite well, depending on … Continue reading

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Mandalay – Streets

Middle of the night, all is mostly quiet.  A few nights ago I was awakened around 1 am by the distant, persistent sounds of festival music.  Last night it was dogs barking, street dogs for there is virtually no other … Continue reading

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From Mandalay

Hello my travel along friends. Just a quick note from Mandalay to let you know that all is well.  I have been filling every day easily – more than filling them actually.  I will be here three more days

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dead dog lying by the side of the road

From Mandalay, Myanmar     Jan 27, 2011 A few times here I have seen a dog lying dead by the side of the street.  Tonight it was a man. 

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Evolution of the Plan – Myanmar

I’d headed for Southeast Asia with a vague sort of a plan in mind.  I have been fascinated with the idea of seeing Burma. Because it has been an impossible destination, because friends who have gone before have been so … Continue reading

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