View of Yangon and Shwedagon Paya
Mabel, a 73 year old Servas host, invited me to her house for lunch.
Mabel is trying to establish an orphanage in a remote area of the country, but the authorities are preventing her.
I indulged in this ice cream which is the best I have had during my travels. It is homemade at the British era Strand Hotel and cost me $7!
Closeup of the ice cream - Tahitian vanilla, mango, and cinnamon flavors - yum
Sagaing - small city near Mandalay
I traveled with another American, Rebekah, for a few days and we came across this noodle factory and chatted with the friendly owner.
I rode in pickups like this many times!
I rode in one of these pickups on the hilly road to Pyin U Lwin. This is a rest area where we waited about 45 minutes for the pickup to cool off.
Inside a pickup - many Myanmar women wear white makup on their cheeks.
The Moustache Brothers have served years in prison for performing comedy with jokes about the government. Now they are free but can only perform for tourists.
Photo opportunity after the show
Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in November 2010. She is Myanmar's pro-democracy leader.
Scenery from 3 day trek. Man working on tea plants.
You see water buffalo everywhere.
Trash is a major problem as in most southeast Asian countries.
The village that we stayed in during the first night of the trek. There is no electricity.
Novice monks from the monastery where we stayed the 2nd night. They started singing/praying at 4am!
This man is extremely fit because he climbs 200 palm trees a day to get a special juice. Unfortunately, many men in Myanmar have bad teeth due to chewing betel nuts.
I am often surprised to see in southeast Asia that a film with a lot of violence such as Saving Private Ryan will be shown in public areas such as an airport here.
I was a little nervous in this train!
In an ordinary class train cabin - the person in uniform in back is a police officer and the man next to him is in handcuffs!
High school students who hop on the train while it's stopped to practice their English with people like me.
Farm tools at a market - sometimes I felt like I was looking at souvenirs from Old Sturbridge Village. People retain a strong connection to the land.
Bagan - a land with 4000 temples built in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Typical transportation in Bagan - horse and cart
This French photographer asked me to be in his travel book due out in 2014. By the way you have to always explore the temples barefoot.