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Circle Train Around Yangon Nov 2010

How the Locals Move Their Goods

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Morning in Bagan Myanmar Dec 2010

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Myanmar Nov/Dec 2010

'This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about' Rudyard Kipling

Rangoon Sunrise, the first thing I saw when I woke up
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Botataung Paya, on the bank of the Yangon River
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Mosque on my way to the river
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Botataung Paya
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1000 year old bronze bell
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Most stupas are solid, Botataung is hollow with passages around the base to where the Buddha's hair is. The inside of the temple was covered in gold. The golden walls, up to about 8', were covered in plexiglass, so you wouldn't touch them
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Baskets of cash where the Buddha's hair was enshrined
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Jade rocks at Bogyoke Zai market. In the next room they were cutting, carving, and polishing little Buddha statues, half the size of your fist, that sold for $500.00. I asked him about the jade, and he showed me this. Probably a half million dollars worth of jade, and this wasn't the only pile
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The old British prison is now the 2000 stall market
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Yangon train station
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Fresh food on the train
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Plumbing
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Local Transportation
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This is in the middle of beautiful golden temples, and 20 story modern high rises. Very surreal
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Yangon Harbor Lightships
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The Circle Train around Yangon, how the locals transport their goods
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Not much room for passengers
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Karaweik Hall, floating mythical birds covered in gold.
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Bamboo scaffolding for the reguilding of Sule Paya
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19th century British Colonial Architecture
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The only modern thing left I could find that still said 'Rangoon' on it.
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Shwedagon Paya

2000 years old, 326' tall, over 7000 diamonds and rubies, topped with a 76 carat diamond, and covered in 60 tons of gold.

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My friend Marilyn from South Africa
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The story of the Buddha's life
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The 23 ton Maha Ghanda Bell. The British tried to ship the bell to London but dropped it in the river. After weeks of trying to raise it, they finally gave up, and told the Burmese if they could raise it they could have it back. The locals raised it using bamboo
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As the sun set the colors were incredible!
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Something I will always remember, watching the sun set on Shwedagon Paya
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The Road to Mandalay

Waitin' for my train for the 14 hour overnight ride to Mandalay
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Rural Myanmar
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Dining Car, don't have the chicken and rice.....
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The soccer hooligans(kids) were everywhere
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Royal Palace wall and moat
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Priorities!
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Local handicrafts
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Rice For Sale
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Tourists!
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Entrance to Mandalay Hill
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The Temple at the top of Mandalay Hill
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Someone To Watch Over Me
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729 stupas, each containing a tablet. Considered the World's Largest Book. Basically the Buddhist bible.
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One of the tablets
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Studying
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Amurapura and U Bein's Bridge

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The longest, and oldest working teak bridge in the world. 1200 meters end to end
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Traffic on the bridge
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View from half way across
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Local transportation
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Beautiful, peaceful, and serene
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When water levels are down, the restaurants pop up
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Dinner?
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The surrounding landscape was amazing
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Local schoolgirls on their way home, checking out the fishing
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Mahamuni Paya to Sagaing

500 Temples and Monasteries, 5,000 Monks and Nuns.

The Mahamuni Image. One of only five images of the Buddha cast during his lifetime. Around 546 BC. Solid bronze, 13 foot high, 6.5 tons, covered in 2000 years of gold leaf, 6 inches thick.
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Applying gold leaf to the entire temple
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He didn't look happy
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Wish I could do that!
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The local hospital
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Sagaing Hill was incredible
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Beautful tile work was everywhere
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Something you don't see every day
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Even the water supply for the many monasteries was ornate
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View from the top
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The Golden Land
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Bagan

From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 4000 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

Local Transportation
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Shwezagon Paya
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The pile of busted marble statues
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Locals
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Not sure....Was in the most remote place down near the river
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Local kids followed me around for hours, and took me places I would have never found on my own.
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The view from my balcony
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In the heat of the day, this was heaven
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Once I realized the enormity of Bagan, there was only one thing left to do...Rent a mountain bike! $1.50 a day
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Inside almost every temple were 1000 year old murals and Buddha images
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Even the gates were beautiful
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4000 temples in a valley the size of Monterey Bay
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Most were more than a thousand years old
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On top of Shwesandaw Paya, looking towards Dhammayangyi Paya
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Time for re-gilding
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Miles of trails, thousands of temples, and no one there but me
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Along a bend in the Ayerwaddy River
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I told them I was checking out, I came back to this
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On my way to the beach
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Ngapali Beach, Bay of Bengal, West Coast of Myanmar

Heaven on Earth!

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This was tough duty
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Local fruit stand
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The only place I saw Tabasco!
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The air was 90, the water was 80, perfect!
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Watching over the bay and a guide for the East India Company ships to come in
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Typical squid boat set up
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Squid Lights On The Horizon
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Tied Up For Bad Weather
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My favorite restaurant
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Amazing how they get these heavy wooden boats around with no motor
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Hmmmmmmmmmmm........
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Drying the days catch
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Mmmmmmmmm, more squid than you could possibly eat!
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They used the oxen to pull the boats up onto the beach for repair and unloading, and then back in.large_ThailandBurma_2443.jpg
Who needs a Travelift when you have these?
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She came running out so I would take a picture of the baby. Most of the women her age chew Bettlenut. Over time it rots the teeth, and turns your mouth red. Even the monks use it. Supposedly medicinal....and a nice buzz
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Your upscale Myanmar Fishermans house
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The food was cheap, delicious, and you can't beat the view!
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The sunsets were amazing. Looking over the Bay of Bengal towards India
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I had lunch here, 6 out of 9 days! About two hours walk down the beach from my bungalow
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More local transportation
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The Burmese Beach Boys. They had no idea who the Beatles or the Rolling Stones were, Zhaw, with the other guitar, was the only one who spoke english, but they knew all their chords, played all original songs, and had never seen anyone flatpick before. We got along great!
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The daily grind
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After three nights of this, Zhaw's mom, who ran the place and was the cook, refused to take my money for the lobster and prawns. I still had to buy the Burmese wine..Good Though!
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This is why I was booked for three days, which turned into four, and then into six, and then nine...etc.
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Coconut Whiskey. There's a reason it's still full.
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Free Breakfast Buffet, brought to your bungalow.
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Local temple with Stupa
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Ngapali Beach, and the people of Lin Thar Village left an impression on me like that of the people and area around Luang Prabang, Lao. One of the most special places on this planet. I will definately be back.
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Dec 4 2010

Hi All tried to email from here in Myanmar but it won't work, just lettin' everyone know all is good, havin' a great time. see ya around Christmas!

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