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The Dala Township

Standing on the wharf in downtown Yangon, you can see the Dala Township across the murky brown waters of the Yangon River. Each day droves of people line up to take the ferry 15 minutes across the water to Dala, or if you’re on the other side, to Yangon. 428 more words


Myanmar - Bagan

We left Mandalay by boat, eagerly awaiting to leave in a sense that a man in prison awaits his release date. The boat ride was a cool nine hours in which a French couple at the front of the boat must have filled two small galleries with photos of riverbanks. 345 more words


Two Days in Bagan

The Buddhist temples of Bagan were built more than 800 years ago, in a time when kings around Asia where building temple complexes. The Khmer kings of Cambodia built… 807 more words


Goals for Tattoo Lovers

They say be careful about tattoos because you have to live with them for the rest of your life.

When I turned 40 I realised that I was way into the other side of the hill and the daunting unknown quantity  called “rest of your life” wasn’t that long. 131 more words

Culture Kaleidoscope

Solitude at ACM

Asian Civilisations Museum.

Largely still under construction of sorts, but also nicely revamped and opened for all. Especially liked the Myanmar exhibit.

The new contemporary arts wing: 8 more words


Myanmar Day 1: Shwedagon

We’re trying to hit as many modes of transport in 24hrs apparently. Yesterday we had a tuktuk, plane, train, taxi, longboat, and dinner boat. Today we’re adding in the bus system after we take the BTS to it’s northern most extent. 1,464 more words

SE Asia

Angkor What? Buddhist Field of Dreams in Bagan, Myanmar...

The first thing you notice on the bus up from Yangon to Bagan is that the entire countryside seems empty. As Gertrude Stein put it so aptly when describing Oakland, CA: “There is no there there.” Now this may indeed be the new road, so avoiding the population centers directly, but still: in Thailand every available parcel of land would have a ‘For Sale’ sign before the road was even finished, and there would be new developments springing up as fast as the equipment could be trucked in from China… 600 more words