It’s been nearly six months since my last post; however, a lot has happened in our lives since that time. You might be asking why it’s been so long and I’ll tell you now–I’ve been living, teaching, and doing things related to traveling rather than writing about traveling.… Read More We’re Back!!
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
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
In a previous post (Musing on Myanmar in Mandalay), I mentioned how intense the rains are here in Mandalay. On Sunday, 9/14/2014, Mandalay was hit by an especially thorough and heavy monsoon. The heavy rain began at about 2 a.m. and lasted until ~11 a.m. Now, when I say “heavy rain,” I mean the type… Read More Monsoons in Mandalay
The above compilation of videos is a tribute to our day trip across Bohol Island during our visit to the Philippines. We spent the day with Marc, our driver, exploring the eccentric places that dotted the 4,820.95 kilometer-squared island.
Plae Pakaa are original productions of ancient Khmer art performed by the Cambodian Living Arts organization. This organization seeks to revitalize performance art forms which were lost during the rule of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979).… Read More Plae Pakaa: A revival of ancient Khmer performance art