Yangon, Burma’s old capital

April 16, 2009 at 9:56 am 1 comment

Arrived April 9. That sweet smell in the air that’s so common in
India and other south east Asian cities i’ve visited is absent in
Burma. The traffic here (unlike Thailand) is right-sided but all the
cars have their steering wheels on the right too. The majority of cars
look at least 2 decades old, the busses at least 3. Burma’s numeric
system differs from the Latin one so reading numbers has turned into
a guessing game. I’ve learned one word and i say it (mispronounce it)
frequently: se-zu-bey (thank you).



The downtown area where we’re staying is very charismatic, full of
shops, vendors and people. Burmese pop blasted through the street
beneath our room last night till midnight. Gastronomically, this could
be an alley way in culinary heaven. Vegetarian options are plentiful
and we can eat really well on less than $2 per meal for the 4 of us, a
meal consisting of several vegetable side dishes, rice, fresh fruit,
fried bananas and spring rolls.



An eccentricity among the Burmese are the longi that the men wear
(skirts) instead of pants and the thanaka bark that women, men, and
children cover their faces with to protect from the sun.


This morning i applied for a Chinese visa. For nationals of almost
every country in the world the fee is $30; for Americans it’s $130.

ps. This site is censored so i’ll be updating via my mom who’ll post
on my behalf.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Christopher  |  June 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    This is a really good reading site: earlier I made a comment about your hair. Sorry about that! I read on and discovered someone cut it that way. I’m sure your hair is the least of your worries. Your travels and writing make for a real page turner. I cannot get back to work, must keep reading.


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