2012

London2012 Olympic Games

The London2012 Games have come to an end, and it’s time to reflect on the Games and share some tips based on my experiences at my fourth Olympics. See previous Games: Barcelona1992, Atlanta1996 and Beijing2008 Tip #1. Don’t let the negative media before the Olympic Games spoil the excitement, or...
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Museum Mile…

Last week, I ventured into Manhattan from my Brooklyn base to go to the 34th annual Museum Mile Festival.  Fifth Avenue is shut down from about 82nd Street to 110th Street for this Festival, and the museums along this stretch of the Avenue allow free access for the evening.  I had...
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Inle Lake

May 6-7, 2012 We left in the morning towards Inle Lake, enjoying the scenes along the way… We stopped by a cattle market… And encountered this motorcycle, with every inch covered by chickens being taken to market… Then we stopped by the morning market, with all of its colorful sights…...
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Pindaya Caves

May 5, 2012 (cont’d) After arriving in Pindaya, and having lunch and a brief rest (while it poured down rain), we headed up to the caves. There is also a legend about the cave, recreated here at the mouth of the cave, which is that three young women would go...
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PaO Picnic

May 5,2012 This morning, I flew from Mandalay to Heho, where I met up with my guide for Pindaya and Inle Lake, ChiChi. Right outside of the airport, this Buddha image was sitting on the hillside. We stopped briefly at a market where we saw some of the beautiful orchids...
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More of the Pa-O Picnic

After scholarship awards were handed out in front of the council… and some young men performed the national anthem (which seemed more like karaoke, as they were acting like rock musicians on stage…they were having a lot of fun!)… …there was a procession of first the mothers (the older women...
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Ava and other Mandalay sites

May 4, 2012, afternoon After our morning boat ride to Mingun, we headed to the bustling Zegyo market… …where my guide bought marbles for his two girls. (I told him that I used to also play marbles when I was a little girl growing up in Kentucky). After a wonderful...
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Mingun

May 4, 2012, morning We headed out via boat on the Irrawaddy (this seems to be spelled many different ways) River, on our way to Mingun. Some of the sites we passed along the way included this barge, made out of bamboo, which is used to transport teak wood along...
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