Myanmar is a gem of a country. Some of these gems appear in the wide open spaces, and others remain hidden by jungles, lost history, and untold tales.
My ‘someday’ return will take me to those places farther from Yangon’s center. From art centers to Yangon’s Secretariat Building to Bago’s golden palaces and stupas, I was able to discover several gems close to home, and to return with a group of 50 students in tow. Here is your chance to witness Yangon’s Golden Gems.
The streets of Yangon are colorful, lively and exciting. They also have some dark corners, which I discovered soon after moving there. By sharing this information, I hope to inspire you to brainstorm new possibilities for the future of Yangon’s streets and the children around town.
A time of celebrations for all ages, Chinese New Year is alive and well in Yangon’s Chinatown with Dragon Dances leading to Lion Dances. Surrounded by glutinous rice snacks and wishes of prosperity, an abundance of photos and videos capture this annual tradition at its best! A new favorite holiday!
“Come with us. We’re going for tea,” the wife chimed in.
I obliged and after sipping lahpet while sitting street side on plastic chairs, was taken on a whirlwind adventure throughout the Buddhist Temples and Monaseries of Myanmar – with plenty more tea stops along the way!
Day One, the first words I wrote were as follows :
“What. The f.… Have you done? What draws you to smelly sewers, squatty potties and dead dogs?”
On Day 187, I tried to talk myself into staying and
it worked so well, I could barely pull my own self away.
Get ready for Life in Yangon, Myanmar!
Nothing can prepare you for Africa.
No blog, no book, no amount of perusing through National Geographic magazines.
It’s a jump in and learn to swim kind of game.
At least, that’s how I imagined it to be.
After teaching children in Rusinga Island, Kenya the meaning of love, a call came to return to the woman who taught me what love is. I was able to make it back to the US in time for a final few hugs with my greatest inspiration before returning to Africa with a new guardian angel.
A small island village on Lake Victoria, Rusinga has seen its share of hardships and welcomed volunteers like Luca: an idol, an inspiration, a giver, a lifeline, and a friend. During four months, he provided more to the Kenyan island than anyone could’ve imagined.
“Stomach?” he asked holding his belly. “Head?” he asked placing a palm on his forehead.
“No, no. I’m okay. I am here from Mauritius.”
Confused, he hesitated to let me inside and reiterated the lack of English. A few minutes later he’d be kissing my camera and hugging me tightly. Here’s the story
I have a sister in Sri Lanka. I haven’t known her long, my family and she have never met, but we are sisters nonetheless. We met onboard one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Here’s our story.
When dressing for an early morning safari, you don’t typically dress to impress. But maybe you should! Here’s how four females in flowing skirts were said to be the attractors of the shiest cat in the park : The Spotted Leopard.
Here’s a rare look at this majestic animal as well as elephants, buffalos, wild boar and more found inside Yala National Park in eastern Sri Lanka.
After ringing in the New Year a mile high, I began 2017 with an overly excited welcoming committee, a bus, train and moped ride to Sri Lanka’s adored UNESCO city, and found the studly Stilt Fishermen (pretending to be) hard at work. Take a look – all in Black and White!