Archive | September, 2013

Give that man a cigar!

30 Sep

James going local in Bagan smoking funny stuff.

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Bagan

30 Sep

Biking the fields.

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Climbing the stupa’s.

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Myanmar, Bagan

30 Sep

Our home for the next two days.

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Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

Old school flying

30 Sep

10 flight-reservations, 9 boarding-passes 😦
Only 1 counter and a big scale.
Guys with signs anouncing the (delayed) flights.
No luggage system, just carriers.
But it works! And we survived…

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The tourgroup

30 Sep

All friends arrived!
Up for a great holiday!
With James, Marc, Shauna, Alden & Grainne!

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Yangon, Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

30 Sep

Invited by Khan and his pupil Michael from a big orphanage to visit this pagoda site with houses 76 monastries. Khan, a literature student works here a a volounteer and teaches the orphans english. It’s an orphanage just out of town with 1500 kids. 75% due to the big tsunami a few years ago, 25% from the civil war.

He showed us the monastry where the riots started in the 80ties. Michael hung out with all the kids and had a good time.

Another amazing experience after just 1 day in Myanmar.

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Yangon, china town

30 Sep

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Yangon, Shwedagon Paya

29 Sep

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We headed to the must-see attraction in Yangon, the Shwedagon Paya. This place is magical. Shwedagon Paya is a 2,500 year old huge 322 foot tall, 60 tons of solid gold, buddist monument, surrounded by a large number of beautiful buddist temples, halls and religious monuments. To enter the platform containing the Paya you remove your shoes and go up a number of steps in a dark, cool corridor, surrounded with little shops. At the top when you enter the pagoda site, it’s pure magic. Bright white marble floors and bright dazzling gold everywhere you look. There was a lively festive feeling, monks and people strolling around, praying or lounging in one of the beautiful halls taking it all in. Just beautiful.

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Namegiving is a serious business in Myanmar. The Myanmar alphabet letters all belong to a certain day. So when you are born, your given name starts with one of those letters. All weekdays have their own worshipspot at the site. That’s where you pray and worship. So our local guide gave us new names according to our day of birth:
Max = Thein Thein (friday)
Pauke = Than Than (friday)
Luuk = Myo Myo (thursday)
Maj = Naing Naing (saturday)
Ties = Thun Thun (saturday)

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Yangon

28 Sep

Busy, messy, filthy, beautiful, interesting, nice people.

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Myanmar! Yangon (Rangoon)

27 Sep

Exploring another piece of Asia. Starting in Yangon at Sule Pagoda, built 2200 years ago. Amazing view in the sunset.

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