I made my first visit to Burma (aka Myanmar) in the summer of 2009, on a 1 month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. That was 3 years before this country had opened to the world, in terms of Foreign Investments, Trade, Development Aid and Travel, after 60 years of Military Rule. I went back in […]
Celebrating Victory in Myanmar this week!! Aung San Suu Kyi’s party wins the election!
“I am not free until my people are.”
-Pro-Democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San was the former leader of Myanmar in the 1940s who lead Burma to the independence from the British but was assassinated just 6 months before independence. His daughter, […]
My Travel article as published in ARE Magazine, Summer Edition – http://j.mp/s15-myanmar.
Burma (Myanmar) remains on my Top 3 favorite places I’ve traveled to (among the top 3 is India & Israel). It’s not the type of favoring I typically have for a party central Greece or a culinary heaven France. It is more of a Love & Compassion I have for a tragic nation who’s people deserve […]
Burma remains one of the world’s most repressive and closed societies. Led by a shadowy clique of generals, Burma has been under military rule since 1962. The military government has announced that it will hold the first elections in 20 years in 2010 -as the next step of its […]
I got up the usual around 7 am. Had breakfast at our hotel – Gypsy Inn. At every guesthouse you really feel at home. The owners greet you upon arrival, bring you fresh towels, and their wives and daughter/relatives will cook for you, sit on the patio and chat w you about your origin, help […]
Currently reading: Burmese Days by George Orwell
Then I took my daily morning walk alone through the neighborhood. This time in search of an internet cafe. Found the one they recommended but it was down, so I sat in front listening to my ipod and burmese people-watched.
Chad rented a bike for the day $1 and biked […]
Arrived at bus stop at 4 am in Inle Lake. The bus eventually filled up with locals so it became tedious but thankfully I got some rest. The bus driver got a taxi for us, a pickup truck with a tarp over it.. it’s a common form of transportation here, as you’ll usually see a […]
1000 kyat (burmese money), pronounced Chat = 1$
2nd morning in Yangon, woke up around 5 am. It’s the jetlag, but I love it, because I’m up at the crack of dawn and am ready for bed by 9 pm (never would happen back at home.. its more vice versa).
I took a walk around the city […]
Setting: Pouring rain outside, windows cracked a bit open. Listening to Oasis on my Ipod. Laying on my beaten bed in a family owned Guesthouse in Burma.
What is it about this moment in time in a foreign country rarely anyone knows much about, that makes me feel so at Ease with my Mind & Soul?