Category Myanmar

Drinking and Riding

I really love exploring a new place by bicycle. I’ve had memorable rides in many places from Lijiang in Yunnan, China, Luang Prabang in Laos, Cochin in Kerala, India to Kyoto Japan. Rest assured, I have no desire to embark on any epic bike trip around the globe.  Nor do I like a full day […]

We’re not in Bondi anymore

The only thing that beaching in Bondi and beaching in Burma have in common is the sand and water. Otherwise, the two experiences are far apart, and indicative of the stark difference between the two cultures. Firstly the attire – being a Buddhist country, modesty is key. This often means entering the water fully clothed, […]

The Sittwe Situation (La Situación de Sittwe)

Es un país que ha vivido con una dictadura militar tan severa por los últimos 40 anos, tan rígida, enclaustrados en su propia miseria, encerrados en su tristeza. Es Birmania, uno de los países mas pobres del mundo, con costumbres y tradiciones muy arraigadas, a veces al caminar por las calles de sus ciudades tengo […]

Me, my mat and I

I have to confess that when we first started planning the trip, one of my initial thoughts was  – “but what about my yoga practice!” Being on the road makes maintaining a daily practice pretty challenging. Any thoughts of making “asana progress” go out the window. I thankfully got over this mental block, remembering that […]

The In Between Bits

Burma is possibly one of the most challenging places I have travelled in terms of logistics. Getting from one place to the next always seems to involve a ridiculously long overnight bus ride on sandy unsealed and potholed roads arriving early the next morning. Even what was meant to be a day trip to a […]

Myanmar Monks

  If there is something that typifies Burma it is the commonplace, everyday siting of maroon-robed monks. When you first arrive it seems like a novelty  – “hey look there’s some monks walking down the street, hey look there’s some monks catching the bus”. But after probably just 24 hours you realise that monks are […]

Burmese Breakfast & Tea

Burmese food is not one of the highlights of travel here. It’s hard to compete with neighbouring Thailand. But we have had some culinary experiences worth writing about. In Yangon we discovered the ubiquitous Burmese breakfast – mohinga – vermacilli noodles in a fish-based broth, sometimes including egg, vegetables and fresh herbs. Very tasty. But […]