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
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
I’ve always had an interest in coming to Myanmar. It started off as a tourist itch to visit Bagan, but my interest was truly piqued after watching the first episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show entitled Parts Unknown. However, over the last two years I’ve become more concerned with investing my time in places rather than… Read More Musing on Myanmar in Mandalay
After receiving pre-approval for our business visas to Myanmar and getting through Thai customs and immigration (where I was stopped for carrying a potentially lethal weapon–said weapon being the pole-staff for my monkey king statue), we finally made it on the plane that would take us to Myanmar.… Read More On First Arrival in Myanmar
The trials and obstacles to traveling are many, but there are two that will always test any nomad: the delay and the delayed layover.… Read More Stuck in Shanghai, Stuck in Bangkok
Traveling across Cambodia is an experience in and of itself. While the temple complex of Angkor Wat is considered the wonder of Cambodia, I feel that taking a bus ride across the country is its true wonder.… Read More Drifting across Cambodia
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