Yangon, Myanmar. 2-5 February 2015

Posted by Pat on February 5, 2015 in Travel |

Yangon Airways: “We’ll get you where you are going,” eventually. Our short flight to Yangon has been extended by returning north to Mandalay, then “Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to Heho we go” to the southeast, before flying southwest to Yangon, Rangoon for those who remember this country as Burma. Like many cities, its […]

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Kyaikhtiyo, The Golden Rock, Myanmar. 4 February 2015

Posted by Pat on February 4, 2015 in Travel |

Leaving bumper to bumper traffic, we drive northeast toward Bago. First stop is Taukkyan War Cemetery near Htauk Kyan. This is a British Commonwealth cemetery for Allied soldiers who died in battle fighting the Japanese in Burma during the Second World War. The pillars of Rangoon Memorial are etched with names of 27,000 Commonwealth soldiers who died but have no […]

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Mount Popa, Myanmar. 1 February 2015

Posted by Pat on February 3, 2015 in Travel |

A bumpy but scenic bus ride on Burmese roads takes me through landscape characterized by prickly bushes and stunted trees, simple villages and poor roads. Ox-carts carry wood, water tanks and families. Most farms still use oxen to plow fields. First stop is a Palm Tree farm where a man scurries up a very tall palm tree […]

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Bagan, Myanmar. 30 January – 1 February 2015

Posted by Pat on February 2, 2015 in Travel |

The archaeologically rich city of Bagan sits on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River. What greets me upon debarkation from our boat is a loudspeaker blasting Rod Stewart singing “Young Turks” and thousands of ruins. Here is a region to compete with Angkor Wat; there are 4446 sandstone and terra cotta pagodas and temples […]

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Myanmar – Mandalay and Ayeyarwady River. 28-29 January 2015

Posted by Pat on January 30, 2015 in Travel |

It’s Burma or bust! Since 1962, when a coup d’état brought one of the world’s most repressive regimes into power, Myanmar has been isolated from outside influences. It became one of the 10 poorest countries in the world and embroiled in dissension, accusations of genocide and child slavery, bloody suppression, dictators, drug warlords, and rebel […]

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