“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
A little slice of heaven has fallen from the clouds. In the Indian Ocean, 2400 kilometers from the nearest continent, it has landed. We call it Mauritius.
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!