Our Friend Luca - Volunteering in Rusinga Island Kenya - by Anika Mikkelson - Miss Maps - www.MissMaps.com

Our Friend Luca : Volunteering in Rusinga Island, Kenya

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.

A Madagascar Morning : Building Bridges

“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

Life in Yangon, Myanmar : Golden Field Trips

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.

Life in Yangon Myanmar - Celebrating Chinese New Year - by Anika Mikkelson - Miss Maps - www.MissMaps.com

Life in Yangon, Myanmar : Celebrating Chinese New Year

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!

Life in Yangon, Myanmar : Touring With the Tea Couple

“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!

Life in Yangon, Myanmar : The Introduction

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!