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December 2nd 2011
Published: December 2nd 2011
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Do you see the story? Do you see anything? It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream – making a vain attempt, because no relation of a dream can convey the dream sensation, that commingling of absurdity, surprise, and bewilderment in a tremor of struggling revolt, that notion of being captured by the incredible which is of the very essence of dreams…- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness ... Read Full Entry

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2nd December 2011

Like a Dream
Travis, I am sitting in the dungeon (first floor) of the law school library - which has become by new home - and reading your blog was a perfect study break thank you! I just imagined I was on this wild world adventure and allowed myself to daydream for a bit - just what I needed :) So glad you had a great experience in Burma and I love your interactions with locals! My favorite part about traveling to a new country is experiencing the people and culture and seeing the real country (not just the tourist sites and hotels) and I love that you do that too! And your insight on children was spot on - I noticed that in India too. Children are children no matter what their economic situation or how advanced or not their country is. I love that the simple things in life make them so happy. It\'s the same way with my puppy - when I see him get so happy over something as simple as a stick or a toy that squeaks I wonder why something cannot make me that happy! You have become an amazing writer and adventurer and I love it! Thanks for the break from studying it's much needed! Alice
3rd December 2011

Thank you for the RIDE!
Trav, you are amazing....I am VERY PROUD of you and TRUELY enjoying your Trip....YOU have taken me to places I NEVER thought I would see...Stay Safe and Be Blessed...YOU ARE you...granny
10th December 2011

traveling to Mynmar
Travis, thank you for your very informative blog about Mynmar. I have been following your trip as well as the ones of other bloggers. I am writing because I am planning a solo trip to Southeast Asia for February and March. This will be my third trip to the region but the first to Mynmar. Could you give me an idea of a reasonable amount of cash to bring for a fifteen days visit? I am planning to stay in guesthouses or mid range hotels. Being used to the convenience of ATM all over the other countries I am a little uneasy about having to carry cash. Thank you so much for any suggestions you might share with me. Happy travels, rosanna
10th December 2011

Cash in Myanmar
Here is a rundown on costs to expect in Myanmar: Guesthouses ($5-15 per night) Both places I stayed in Yangon and Bagan were $10 per night. This seems pretty average. Food ($10-20 per day) Obviously depends on your tastes and appetite. As with other SE Asian countries, you can eat for extremely cheap in Myanmar. I don't think I ever spent more than 10 dollars on food in one day. Transportation ($20 for 10 hour bus one way) If you decide to hire private transportation it will be more expensive. Taxi ride to/from the airport or the bus station will run you around $10. There are also fees for certain major attractions such as Shwedagon Pagoda and Bagan ($5 and $10 respectively), and there is also a $10 departure fee when you leave from the airport. The most expensive thing in Myanmar is getting around. The amount of cash you would need for your trip could vary a lot depending on how much traveling you plan on doing. For my 7 day trip I think I spent about $220 dollars in cash, but I was always on the move. So I would imagine your per day average will be a little less than mine. Hope this helps!

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