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VIDEO: Lunch in Yangon, and a Hostel Tour

April 26, 2019 – 5:59 pm
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This video was shot before I got sick in Yangon. I just never had the chance to upload it at the time because the Internet cut out mid-upload constantly (with all the power blackouts), and I gave up. I wasn’t going to upload it at all, but I figured I might as well. In fact, it was after this meal that I got really sick. …

VIDEO: Slow Ride in Myanmar! On the Circular Train in Yangon

April 24, 2019 – 5:54 pm
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I’d heard about the circular train in Yangon from a number of people, and it seemed like something that was right up my alley – a chance to just sit back on a 3-hour train ride to nowhere and watch the world pass by. That it was in Yangon, Myanmar, made it even better.
Much of the information I had about the train seemed to be …

Yangon River Crossing – Big Boats and Little Boats in Myanmar (Burma)

April 23, 2019 – 5:50 pm
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It was another hot day, but I took to the streets to walk down to the Yangon River. I didn’t know what was down there, and I wanted to find out. Was it an industrial wasteland? Was the shoreline dotted with fishing villages and fishing boats? Could I even reach the river? Could I then cross it? What is on the other side?
A lot of …

Near Heat Stroke at Stunning Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon, Myanmar)

April 17, 2019 – 5:45 pm
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Heat stroke might be overstating things a bit, but perhaps not. The heat was intense on my trip to the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda, and the sunlight bouncing off the white stone tiles was so bright that it was difficult to even keep my eyes open at times. The stone was raised to such a temperature that it burned my feet, and it was difficult …

Myanmar Water Festival | Thingyan 2019 | Burmese New Year Day 3: Happiness Level Extreme!

April 16, 2019 – 5:41 pm
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On Day 3 of the Water Festival, I knew a bit more what to expect. Thinking back, I probably should have gone to a different part of Yangon, but I didn’t know where else to go. So I stayed in my own neighborhood near City Hall and Sule Pagoda. I was glad I did.
The pandals (water stations) were still in full swing, and, as I …

Myanmar’s Thingyan Water Festival 2019 – Day 2: Happiness Level Higher!

April 15, 2019 – 5:37 pm
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Once again, I had no idea what to expect on Day 2 of the Thingyan water festival in Yangon. Would things change? Would they just pick up the festive air and the music and the water wars from where they left off on Day 1?
If anything, things got more intense. The happiness level went from high to higher. And I got the opportunity to ride …

Thingyan Water Festival 2019 – Day 1: Happiness Level High!

April 14, 2019 – 5:32 pm
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I knew about Thingyan. I knew it was Myanmar’s biggest annual festival. I knew it celebrated the arrival of the new year. AND I knew it was a water festival. (That’s one of the reasons I bought a waterproof GoPro and brought it with me.) But, honestly, I had no idea what it was really like. The level of happiness and the amount of water …

Sule Pagoda – Beauty at the Heart of Yangon

April 12, 2019 – 5:27 pm
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The Sule Pagoda is over two and a half thousand years old, and it marks the center of Yangon. Right from when I arrived at the airport, its name came up because the final stop of the airport bus was Sule Plaza, and my hostel was located just a couple of blocks from there. It made for a very convenient landmark for getting oriented. I …