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. Continue reading Life in Yangon, Myanmar : Golden Field Trips
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! Continue reading Life in Yangon, Myanmar : Celebrating Chinese New Year
“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! Continue reading Life in Yangon, Myanmar : Touring With the Tea Couple
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! Continue reading Life in Yangon, Myanmar : The Introduction
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. Continue reading Leopard Spotted : Skirted Safaris in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park
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! Continue reading Starting The New Year on Stilts : Galle Sri Lanka
Miss Maps, Anika Mikkelson, is officially a published author!
Miss Maps is entering new territory in the travel industry with a BRAND NEW MAGAZINE :
SoloScapes – The Solo Traveler’s Guide to the World is now available on several sites. Get ready to inspire the SOLO ESCAPE ARTIST in you! Continue reading Miss Maps Is Officially A Published Author – SoloScapes Magazine is Ready for Purchase!
Out of five days in paradise, two of those were spent underwater, swimming with turtles, flipping with dolphins and exploring life Under the Sea. Here’s the video! Continue reading The Maldives VIDEO : Paradise Underwater
I jump in, dive deep. Swim with turtles. Sip on salt water. I turn over, face the sun. It’s the same sun as the one on land. Here it feels different. This is the Magic of the Maldives. Continue reading Magic of the Maldives
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
From Myanmar to Malaysia and Singapore,
I was bound for The Maldives
Click here to read the story, find photos, and more! Continue reading Twas the Night After Christmas