2012

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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Yangon to Mandalay

May 3, 2012 Happy birthday to my sister, Susie, back in the US! I had an early morning flight today to Mandalay, a city of 2 million people. Upon arrival, my local guide, Aung, met me, and we headed to Amarapura and the U Bein Bridge. This bridge was constructed...
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Quick update from Myanmar

I have finished two days at Mandalay, then went to Pindaya to see the cave with almost 9,000 Buddha images. Am now finishing up two days at Inle Lake. While I have wifi here, the signal is not strong enough to load up all of my pictures. I’ll catch up...
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Markets in Yangon

May 2, 2012 This morning we went to the market in Yangon.  It is housed in an old, historical building with some wonderful details.  And there was lots of variety and colorful goods…woven items, jewelry, including precious stones, wood carvings, marionettes, etc.. …and outside some beautifully presented veggies… We then went...
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Arrived in Yangon, Myanmar

May 2, 2012 I arrived in Myanmar yesterday afternoon, where I was met by my guide, Frankie (real name Nyi Nyi). I was introduced to Nyi Nyi by my friend, Sue, in Vietnam. He is a wonderful person, and according to Wanderlust Magazine, one of the top ten guides in...
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Reunification Day in Saigon…

May 1, 2012 Ok, let’s try again. I had finished writing this entire post, when the application shut down, and I lost everything! I need to remember to save periodically! Anyway, yesterday was the 37th anniversary of the reunification of North and South Vietnam, the day which marked the end...
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Weekend in Saigon…

April 30, 2012 I had a great weekend in Saigon, hanging out with my friend, Sue. We hooked up on Saturday afternoon, when I found out her plane from Hong Kong had been significantly delayed, getting in at 5:30am. We then proceeded to run around town picking up stuff for...
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Arrived in Saigon…

I arrived in Saigon last night (or Ho Chi Minh City as it is also known). My plane from NYC to Hong Kong was delayed several times, making my connection tighter and tighter (about 15-20 minutes by the time we landed in Hong Kong). But there were enough people on...
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