Bagan, Out of a Fairy Tale

There is only one word to define Bagan: extraordinary. I arrived after a 19 hour train ride and was obviously not thinking clearly as I decided that it would be quaint to visit the temples on a horse cart. Quaint it was, also dusty, slow and not very comfortable. In a way it was a sweet introduction to this amazing place. There are many temples and in four days I managed to see a fair number. Some so beautiful I saw twice. Either ornate with golden decorations, plain with carvings or with amazing murals. It was extraordinary. Continue reading

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Yangon: an Introduction to Burma

Yangon has a charm of its own and in its heyday it must have been glorious. Even through the decay and neglect you can see how beautiful the buildings are. The Kandawgyi Lake at sunset is very pretty and the Karaweik boat, a replica of a royal barge against the blazing sky is not to be missed. Continue reading