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From the Journals… More from Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 12, 2019

August 30, 2019 - This is another image from the market by the river. To get a more painterly look I boosted the saturation, contrast, and...
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From the Journals… Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 12, 2019

August 23, 2019 - We went for a walk through the market again, then down to the market by the river. I found that more interesting and too...
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From the Journals… Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 11, 2019

August 16, 2019 - Up at 6 and out at 6:15. I walked to the Shwe Taung Za Pagoda. Even though it felt like 75 degrees, the humidity was eno...
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From the Journals… Kyaing Ywar, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2019

August 09, 2019 - After 30 minutes we arrived at Kyaing Ywar, a village which is the departure point for boat excursions upriver. There is...
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From the Journals… Ye, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2019

August 02, 2019 - Soon after waking up, I stepped out the door to feel the fresh air and see this beautiful view of Ye Lake. The sky that...
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From the Journals… Near Thaton, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2019

July 26, 2019 - The train arrived at 9:15. It was a much slower train than yesterday. I would guess top speed was about 30 mph. It was m...
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From the Journals… Still More from Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

July 19, 2019 - After a snack, I continued to prowl the market for photo ops. It’s always a challenge in a busy, crowed market. I have t...
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From the Journals… More from Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

July 12, 2019 - I got a bunch of good shots at the 5-Day Market, and the girls stopped at 2 food stalls for snacks. Both were pretty goo...
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From the Journals… Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

July 05, 2019 - We then went among the extensive floating gardens and houses on stilts. From then it was on to the 5-Day Market at Nampa...
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From the Journals… More from Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

June 28, 2019 - My session with the fisherman continued. He was working it for the camera, and we came up with this different view, shoo...
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From the Journals… Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

June 21, 2019 - I woke up a little before five, which was ahead of the alarm. We were going to have breakfast at 6 and our boat guy was...
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From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 28, 2019

June 14, 2019 - I was up at 4:40, well before my 5:15 alarm. Ko Shine, our driver, was ready for me at 5:45 am as promised for another s...
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From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 27, 2019

June 07, 2019 - I rented an E-bike and stopped at the Bagan Umbra Hotel to get pricing info for our tour. It turns out that we stayed he...
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From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 26, 2019

May 31, 2019 - Up at 5:15 to be ready for my tuk tuk driver for sunrise pix. We went to an area that I had identified on the map as pos...
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From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019

May 24, 2019 - We pulled in around 4:15, about an hour earlier than expected. We walked the skinny gangplank and up the sandy bank and...
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From the Journals… More from the Ayerwaddy River, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019

May 17, 2019 - As we continued down the river, I spotted this boat out fishing. I isolated it, then boosted the contrast, clarity and v...
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From the Journals… Ayerwaddy River, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019

May 10, 2019 - Up slightly before my 5:15 alarm. I packed and had a cup of coffee. We were in the car and off by 6:13, not bad for a ta...
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From the Journals… Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2019

May 03, 2019 - We stopped at a newly-built jade stupa on the way back from Sagaing. We had lunch at a restaurant in town, then we were...
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From the Journals… More from Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2019

April 26, 2019 - At the U Min Thonze Caves, I found the curving line of Buddha images to make for some good pix. I worked it for a while,...
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From the Journals… Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2019

April 20, 2019 - Myo had arranged for a tuk tuk to take us to Saigang. It was a bit a chilly ride in the open air, especially for May May...
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From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 8, 2014

June 16, 2017 - With my wife and her cousin Hain, we traveled across town in rickshaws to Shwe Aung Yu Pagoda for sunset. It is situated...
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From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

June 12, 2017 - After a lunch of noodle salad at my mother-in-law’s house, I went to Kha Khat Wain Kyaung. It is a large monastery and I...
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From the Journals…Still More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011

May 22, 2017 - I was out the door by 6:00am on a rented bike from the hotel. (Too low, and the seat kept falling back.) It’s scary ridi...
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From the Journals…Bhamo, Myanmar (Burma). January 27, 2011

April 28, 2017 - Our friend Zikola (sp?) and his mother were so kind to us today. After my buffet breakfast on the hotel roof, I went to...
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From the Journals…Bodhi Tataung, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

April 24, 2017 - I met my motorbike driver for my afternoon tour. It didn’t start off too auspiciously, as we discovered that because of...
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From the Journals…Still More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011

April 21, 2017 - Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the...
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From the Journals…Even More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

April 17, 2017 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals…Still More from Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011

April 14, 2017 - We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was n...
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From the Journals…More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011

April 10, 2017 - We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. We were a bit too far for...
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From the Journals... Still More from Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2011

March 27, 2017 - It was a one-and-a-half hour taxi ride from Kalaw to Pindaya. When we arrived we explored and photographed the roving 5t...
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From the Journals…Even More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011

March 24, 2017 - Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the...
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From the Journals... More from Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014

March 06, 2017 - This is the view outside the market, taken before 7am. It is getting me to revise my thoughts from yesterday about timin...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 4, 2014

March 03, 2017 - I woke up about 7 and quickly got dressed and moving. I went to the White, a breakfast place mentioned in Lonely Planet,...
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From the Journals... Bagan, Burma. January 31, 2011

February 27, 2017 - We hired a horse cart, and decided that enroute from Nyaung U, where the bus arrived, to New Bagan we would stop for sun...
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From the Journals... More from Ayeyarwady River. January 29, 2011

February 24, 2017 - The boat stayed anchored the whole night, which put us behind schedule (or at least my idea of the schedule). I was unab...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014

February 17, 2017 - I spent most of the afternoon hiding from the heat and talking to my fellow travelers on the balcony just outside my roo...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 4, 2014

February 13, 2017 - I met my new-found friend, Naing Tun at 5:15, and he took me on his motorbike to a pagoda on the river, Pher Mel Taung....
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From the Journals…More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011

February 10, 2017 - We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. I try to be flexible and...
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From the Journals…More from Kalaw, Burma (Myanmar). February 6, 2011

January 27, 2017 - I slept in today—until 7:00! No bus or taxi to catch, no sight to see, no sunrise pix. I had breakfast downstairs. I we...
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From the Journals... More from Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2011

January 23, 2017 - It was a one-and-a-half hour taxi ride from Kalaw to Pindaya. When we arrived we explored and photographed the roving 5t...
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From the Journals…Even More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 4, 2011

January 20, 2017 - I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then...
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From the Journals…More from Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). February 2, 2011

January 16, 2017 - Our driver came by at 4:00 to take us out for sunset pix. We went to Yinmana Paya. It’s an interesting complex that is o...
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From the Journals…More from Shwegu, Ayeyarwady River Trip, Burma (Myanmar). January 26, 2011

January 06, 2017 - I woke up with sore hips and lower back. The mattress in the bunk is thin, but for some reason I wasn’t bothered the fir...
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From the Journals…More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011

January 02, 2017 - Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the...
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From the Journals…Even More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011

December 30, 2016 - I had breakfast downstairs in the hotel restaurant and got caught up with my journal. Myo Myo (my wife) joined me after...
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From the Journals…Still More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011

December 26, 2016 - I read for a while, but then felt guilty for not trying to do anything while in Mandalay. I decided to take a walk to th...
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From the Journals…More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 18, 2011

December 23, 2016 - As I was wandering the streets after just arriving in town, I came across this group of young nuns asking for alms. It i...
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From the Journals…Still More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

November 21, 2016 - We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The othe...
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From the Journals…More from Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011

October 03, 2016 - We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was n...
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From the Journals…More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2003

August 08, 2016 - Although the plan was to go to the Shwedagon Paya before breakfast while it was still cool, and although we woke up on t...
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From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011

July 15, 2016 - We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. We were a bit too far for...
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From the Journals…Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011

July 11, 2016 - We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was n...
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From the Journals…More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011

July 08, 2016 - I read for a while, but then felt guilty for not trying to do anything while in Mandalay. I decided to take a walk to th...
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From the Journals…More from Lashio, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2011

July 04, 2016 - I really enjoy exploring local markets. There is so much stimulation for the senses--sights, sounds, smells. It’s a grea...
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From the Journals…Still More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

July 01, 2016 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals…Kalaw, Burma (Myanmar). February 6, 2011

June 24, 2016 - I slept in today—until 7:00! No bus or taxi to catch, no sight to see, no sunrise pix. I had breakfast downstairs. I we...
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From the Journals…Still More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2011

June 20, 2016 - I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then...
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From the Journals…More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

June 06, 2016 - We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The othe...
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From the Journals…Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2003

March 28, 2016 - Although the plan was to go to the Shwedagon Paya before breakfast while it was still cool, and although we woke up on t...
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From the Journals…Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 19, 2003

March 25, 2016 - The late afternoon destination was the Shwedagon Paya, just to get some photos from the western side. We took another ta...
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From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 4, 2003

February 19, 2016 - Our horse cart took us to many temples today, more than I needed to see. There are 2,278 temples listed by the Archaeolo...
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From the Journals…More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

January 22, 2016 - We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The othe...
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From the Journals…More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2011

December 18, 2015 - I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then...
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From the Journals... More from Saddar Cave, Kayin State, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

December 14, 2015 - A new-found friend with a motorbike took me here as part of his tour. This was a large cave that actually went all the w...
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From the Journals… Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2003

September 25, 2015 - In the morning, we went to the Palace compound at Mandalay Fort. The fort is enormous, roughly 2 miles by 2 miles. Insid...
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From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 4, 2003

August 17, 2015 - Our horse cart took us to many temples today, more than I needed to see. There are 2,278 temples listed by the Archaeolo...
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From the Journals…More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

August 14, 2015 - We did two more temples before sunset, and I got pix of local color in good light. We watched the sunset from the top of...
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From the Journals…Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011

July 10, 2015 - I had breakfast downstairs in the hotel restaurant and got caught up with my journal. Myo Myo (my wife) joined me after...
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From the Journals…Still More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

July 06, 2015 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals... Even More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

May 15, 2015 - After a lunch of noodle salad at my mother-in-law’s house, I went to Kha Khat Wain Kyaung. It is a large monastery and I...
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From the Journals... Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma). February 6, 2011

May 11, 2015 - I slept in today—until 7:00! No bus or taxi to catch, no sight to see, no sunrise pix. I had breakfast downstairs. I...
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From the Journals... Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2011

May 08, 2015 - It was a one-and-a-half hour taxi ride from Kalaw to Pindaya. When we arrived we explored and photographed the roving 5t...
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From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2003

April 20, 2015 - Alarm at 6:30. Breakfast and get ready for 7:30 start. More temples today, surprise, surprise! Cloudy all day, so few p...
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From the Journals…Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 18, 2011

February 23, 2015 - As I was wandering the streets after just arriving in town, I came across this group of young nuns asking for alms. It i...
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From the Journals…More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

February 02, 2015 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

January 26, 2015 - I took some photos at Kyauk ka lat, a pagoda on top of a limestone outcropping surrounded by a manmade lake. I made vari...
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My New Slideshow is Ready!

September 05, 2014 - I finally had a chance to fine-tune my slideshow of my recent trip to Burma, Singapore, and Malaysia that I have been wr...
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My New Book is Available!

September 01, 2014 - Burma: A Hidden Gem by Eric A. Wessman | Make Your Own Book I am very happy to announce that Burma: A Hidden Gem has...
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From the Journals... Pathein, Myanmar (Burma). February 18, 2014

June 23, 2014 - I went to the tea shop across from my hotel to have a coffee and figure out plans. I was approached by Soe Moe Aung, who...
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From the Journals... Pyay, Myanmar (Burma). February 16, 2014

June 20, 2014 - I had a disappointing trip this morning to Thayekhittay. The owner of my hotel, U Tan Jan, charged me K25,000, about US$...
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From the Journals... More from Pyay, Myanmar (Burma). February 15, 2014

June 16, 2014 - As a continuation from my last post, here are a couple of photos of the Buddha image at Setatghyi Paya taken from Shwesa...
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From the Journals... Pyay, Myanmar (Burma). February 15, 2014

June 13, 2014 - After a late lunch I went back to my hotel to get my tripod. I then walked about a mile to the Shwesandaw Paya and Setat...
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From the Journals... Kalewa, Myanmar (Burma). February 13, 2014

June 09, 2014 - Since my last trip to Myanmar in 2011, when I had taken a great trip on the Ayeyarwady River, I had been curious about e...
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From the Journals... More from Monywa, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

June 06, 2014 - Southeast of Monywa is Bodhi Tataung, which translates to “1000 Buddhas”. However, there are two main Buddha images of i...
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From the Journals... More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

June 02, 2014 - Protein anyone? As I continued to explore the morning market in Mandalay, this display caught my eye. I like the soft li...
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From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

May 30, 2014 - I really like this market. There is so much going on here. Remove the plastic bags, and this scene could have been happe...
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From the Journals... Still More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

May 26, 2014 - Here is another image from that productive day when my new-found friend gave me a tour of the countryside with his motor...
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More from the Market... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

May 23, 2014 - It was a very productive morning for me in the market. It seemed that everywhere I turned had something interesting to o...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

May 19, 2014 - I was up at 6 and out the door at 6:30. I went over to the morning market. The light was good and there was plenty of ac...
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From the Journals... Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

May 16, 2014 - I was up and out early to explore one of the markets in Mandalay. At first, the light wasn’t great, so I didn’t take my...
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From the Journals... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 8, 2014

May 12, 2014 - With my wife and her cousin Hain, we traveled across town in rickshaws to Shwe Aung Yu Pagoda for sunset. It is situated...
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From the Journals... Monywa, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

May 09, 2014 - It was a 3-hour bus ride from Mandalay to Monywa. After checking in to my hotel, eating lunch, and a short nap, my motor...
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From the Journals... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 9, 2014

May 05, 2014 - My wife and I were having breakfast at a small restaurant open to the street. Just outside there was a vendor deep-fryin...
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Still More... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

May 02, 2014 - After a lunch of noodle salad at my mother-in-law’s house, I went to Kha Khat Wain Kyaung. It is a large monastery and I...
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A Continuation... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

April 28, 2014 - As I was exploring the market in Bago, I wandered up a dead-end side street that bordered on the property of a pagoda. I...
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From the Journals... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

April 25, 2014 - There were some train horns during the night, but the prayers from the mosque next door at 5:30 am weren’t as loud as I...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 6, 2014

April 21, 2014 - I packed up my stuff before I went out to photograph in the market. I stopped at the teahouse for a quick breakfast, the...
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From the Journals... Kyauk Ka Lat, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

April 18, 2014 - I took some photos at Kyauk ka lat, a pagoda on top of a limestone outcropping surrounded by a manmade lake. I made vari...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). Morning of February 4, 2014

April 14, 2014 - I woke up about 7 and quickly got dressed and moving. I went to the White, a breakfast place mentioned in Lonely Planet,...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

April 11, 2014 - Following my new game plan, I got up early to beat the heat and get the best light of the day. I explored the morning ma...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 4, 2014

April 07, 2014 - I met my new-found friend, Naing Tun (see my earlier post) at 5:15, and he took me on his motorbike to a pagoda on the r...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014

April 04, 2014 - I spent most of the afternoon hiding from the heat and talking to my fellow travelers on the balcony just outside my roo...
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From the Journals... Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014

March 31, 2014 - This is the view outside the market, taken from my hotel balcony before 7am. It is getting me to revise my thoughts from...
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From the Journals... Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). February 2, 2014

March 28, 2014 - I was awake a lot during the night, still recovering from jet lag. I had breakfast at the hotel, then at 8:00 met my mot...
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From the Journals... Saddar Cave, Kayin State, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

March 24, 2014 - We visited this cave just a few hours after the cave mentioned in my previous post. This was a much larger cave that act...
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From the Journals… Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 28, 2003

November 08, 2013 - After lunch we walked around the fort wall in the heat until we decided it was time to get a taxi. We took it around to...
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From the Journals...Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

September 02, 2013 - We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The othe...
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From the Journals...Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2011

August 26, 2013 - I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then...
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From the Journals...More from Shwegu, Ayeyarwady River Trip, Burma (Myanmar). January 26, 2011

August 02, 2013 - I already posted another image from this morning on the blog, but also wanted to share this one. Although it can sometim...
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From the Journals...Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

July 29, 2013 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals...Shwegu, Ayeyarwady River Trip, Burma (Myanmar). January 26, 2011

May 31, 2013 - I woke up with sore hips and lower back. The mattress in the bunk is thin, but for some reason I wasn’t bothered the fir...
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From the Journals...Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011

April 08, 2013 - Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the...
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My Winning Photos from the WPPA Image Competition, February 26, 2013

March 02, 2013 - Good news! At the quarterly image competition of the Westchester Professional Photographers Association this week, 2 of...
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From the Journals...Lashio, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2011

December 31, 2012 - I really enjoy exploring local markets. There is so much stimulation for the senses--sights, sounds, smells. It’s a grea...
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From the Journals...Ayeyerwady River, Myanmar (Burma). January 24, 2011

November 19, 2012 - I had a fitful sleep because I was so concerned about waking up on time. We did wake up before the alarm. It’s a good th...
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From the Journals...Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). February 2, 2011

October 15, 2012 - The taxi picked us up at 6:00 am and we drove to Nyein Gon Paya. I was somewhat surprised that there were other crazy fo...
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Not Video Games! Short and Scary Clips from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

September 28, 2012 - Motorcycle taxis are fairly common in Asia. It is an easy way to get around in large cities with lots of traffic. It is...
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A Journey to Myanmar Slideshow

September 03, 2012 - I wanted to kick off the blog with a collection of photographs from my travels to Myanmar in the winter of 2011. As this...
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