While working in Lashio, Danielle and I had the pleasure of participating in the Thadingyut Festival which occurs on the full moon day of the seventh month of the Myanmar calendar. Thadingyut Festival, also known as the Lighting Festival in English, celebrates the descent of Buddha from heaven after preaching the Abhidhamma pitaka to his mother.… Read More Thadingyut Festival
Our trip from Mandalay to Lashio took approximately 6-7 hours due to multiple stops for nutrient intake, a military skirmish (see Civil War in Myanmar), and multiple stops for waste disposal. While I am the type of person who likes to travel without stops (I want to reach my destination as quickly as possible), this rationale is not conducive to most road trips when other people are involved.… Read More From Mandalay to Lashio
“Well, we made it here alive,” I say. For the first time in my life, those words do not seem as hyperbolic as when I have used them in the past. We are walking down a street in Lashio, heading for a tea shop after having some Shan cuisine.
Danielle looks at me, grins, and says, “Yea, we did.”… Read More Civil War in Myanmar
Throughout my travels I’ve learned the importance of the inevitable gulf–the difference between imagining and experiencing. I’ve learned to wait for it, and I’ve also learned that even when waiting for it, even when you know it’s coming, you are always surprised by the gulf of the difference.… Read More Education in Myanmar