Photos from Myanmar: Myitkyina, Inle Lake, Mandalay and More

Longtime readers know that shortly after I got back from Asia in 2010, my computer and all my hard drives were stolen. Included on those backups and on my laptop was my photography from my weeks in Myanmar, lovingly captioned, sorted and ready to share. Thankfully, an SD card left on the floor contained all my raw photos from the country, though the edits and many blog posts I had crafted were gone. It’s taken me a long time to get my Myanmar photos online, though the captions will have to follow later.

I’ve posted some photoessays from my time in Myanmar already – an adventurous train trip up to Myitkyina (now off limits and increasingly violent as ethnic war between Myanmar’s army and the Kachin continues), a solar eclipse by slow boat plying the waters between Bhamo and Mandalay, and a remarkable morning at Thiri Mingalar market in Yangon, wedged between green bananas and piles of ginger. There was also a grumpier post, about the ridiculous bus rides in the country, going from worse to worse-er.

Though I’d written the specific posts, I hadn’t put up all of the corresponding photos. They’re now all up (as well as 5 additional albums from Jordan). A sampler, with links to each album:

From Yangon.

Myanmar Photos: Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

From Mandalay:

Nepali food in Mandalay

Nepali food in Mandalay

Shan-style bags in Mandalay

Shan-style bags in Mandalay

Shwe In Bin team monastery, Mandalay

Shwe In Bin team monastery, Mandalay

From Inle Lake:

Myanmar Photos: Fisherman on Inle Lake

Fisherman on Inle Lake

From Bagan:

Myanmar Photos: bagan balloons at dawn

Balloon rising over Htilminlo Paho at dawn in Bagan, Burma.

From Myitkyina:

Kachin child with her family in Myitkyina

Kachin child with her family in Myitkyina

Kachin woman in Myitkyina

From the long (disastrous) boat ride from Myitkyina to Sinbo to Bhamo:

The Irawaddy near Bhamo, Myanmar

The Irawaddy near Bhamo

From Moulmein:

Overlooking the Nwa Le Bo Pagoda, Moulmein

Overlooking the Nwa Le Bo Pagoda

From Hpa-An:

Hpa-An's Saddar Caves

Hpa-An’s Saddar Caves

And from the Golden Rock:

Prayers at the Golden Rock

Prayers at the Golden Rock

Nuns atop the Golden Rock - all smiles until someone took out a camera!

Nuns atop the Golden Rock – all smiles until someone took out a camera!

Brought back some wonderful memories to compile this photoessay!

I’m about to leave England after a great few months with my brother, Sarah and their friends. Today I’ll be in Turkey for just a few days, then on the move again – to Jordan for a short work contract, then to Thailand for a few months of writing and eating – and my friend Greg’s wedding to the lovely Aom. I actually don’t need to be in Istanbul again, but my $60 visa (Canada’s visa entry is the highest of all countries) is multi-entry, the food is great, the price was the same as flying LHR to Amman via a Gulf State, and I really need a haircut. My brother has enjoyed telling his friends at work “Oh, my sister’s going to Istanbul for a haircut and some kebap.”

This may be the life a long-term traveller, but I concede it sounds ridiculous. Hilarious, but ridiculous.

I’ve got a bunch of announcements coming up, but for starters I’ll be putting together a newsletter in the coming weeks, to be sent out a few times a month. The content will be mostly links I’ve curated from around the internet, much of which ends up on my Twitter stream. Those of you who follow me there know that I post primarily tech, science and hard news, with a smattering of cute animals in between. Curating the internets is something I used to do as a lawyer too, sending out daily links emails at the end of each day. So I thought it would be fun to bridge the Twitter stream and the blog. It will also give me a chance to share the other projects I’m involved with that aren’t posted here at Legal Nomads.

More to come soon! I’ve still got some service-y posts – where to eat, stay and what to do in Marrakesh, and the same for Istanbul. Then, a series of photoessays from Turkey, most of which will involved food.


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