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12th January 2017

Ballons again!
You should also try microlite/ultralite flight sometime. They are also amazing to view temples and the landscape from the sky. I suppose the same height as the baloons...may be a bit higher. I did those in Thailand, Cambodia...amazingly view. Not sure if they are in Bagan though.
12th January 2017

Simply amazing!
This is in my wish list for a while. I have a friend in Chiang Mai, we want to do it together. I am glad that you shared with us some timely information. I did it in Cambodia, I could imagine how beautiful the temples look like in sunrise! You are lucky, Karen! I'm sure DMJ's Egypt ride would be wonderful too.Thank you for the lovely blog.
12th January 2017

Balloons!
Thanks for following along. Balloon flights - anywhere - are great experiences, and seeing all those temples from the air was stunning.
12th January 2017

Balloon Surfing!
Love your pictures from the air! It looks like it's cold in your pictures. I've always wanted to balloon ride up the socal coast. Have a great time!
11th January 2017

Balloons over Bagan
We love Balloons.... glad you had some experienced pilots. We have had balloon rides in Virginia and Egypt. It is wonderfully serene. Glad you made your reservation.
11th January 2017

Balloons over Egypt
I bet the balloon trip in Egypt was spectacular!
3rd January 2017
why is this man smiling?

Sales a plenty
Always good to keep the economy going.
4th January 2017
why is this man smiling?

Share the wealth
In addition to giving me a sales pitch, he also taught me a little something about the process of making decorative carvings. A good trade, I think.
3rd January 2017
end of the road

End of the road
Great pic Karen. Makes one want to be there!
4th January 2017
end of the road

Thanks, Dave
This was at the end of a dusty dirt road that turned into a dusty footpath. I like the way you can see the river between the trees.
3rd January 2017

So many pagoda's so
It is wonderful until you reach saturation. They are amazing. So great that you caught a ceremony.We were there as the sunset and the changing light was wonderful.
4th January 2017

So many pagodas...
Much as I really enjoy Buddhist temples, I did get my fill and more.
30th December 2016
reclining Buddha

Schwedagon Pagoda
What a wonderful place to be at this time of year Karen. May you recline and rest like the Reclining Buddha and smile like the pink nuns for the rest of your journey. Happy New Year!
31st December 2016
reclining Buddha

Thanks!
Thank you for your kind thoughts.May we all live happy and prosperous lives, however you define prosperity.
30th December 2016

I wanna go...
Thanks Karen....keep on truckin'
31st December 2016

Yes!
I'm glad you came along with me in spirit. I think once you start travelling it's pretty hard to stop.
28th December 2016

A new trip!
The first time you say a word or phrase in a new language (and being understood) is so thrilling... looking forward to following your trip Karen, safe travels :)
28th December 2016

a new word
I think my biggest fear when trying a new language is inadvertently saying something offensive. When I think about all the words in English that can be embarrassing if mispronounced, it gives me pause. I remember trying to explain to two Vietnamese young men the difference between unique and eunuch without embarrassing either of us.
27th December 2016

Brave women
Have a safe trip. Keep writing
28th December 2016

Thank you for your kind words
Thanks for the encouragement to keep writing. I will!
26th December 2016

Speaking the language
Dave and I were talking about you yesterday and wondered how the trip was going. Great job at communicating ...and they always appreciate the effort. They didn't have ATMs when we were there so things are improving rapidly...depending on your take on things. Enjoy. Eager to hear more.
27th December 2016

Change is rapid
Thanks for following along. ATMs are just about everywhere now, even at the Shwedagon Pagoda and Bogyoke Market. I don't see a lot of people using them, but they are around.
7th July 2016

Congratulations on your Central Lobby photos
I wanted to take photos of the Saints on my visit but was stopped before I even got to raise the camera - even though my tour of the Houses of Parliament had been organised by my local MP! As a Brit, I did of course know that Big Ben was the bell - but most Brits (me included) wouldn't know it was named after one Benjamin Hall. It's amazing what we learn from visitors! Next year, this great bell will fall silent for several months while restoration of the clock faces and the bell suspension mechanisms takes place. They won't be repairing the crack in Big Ben though - it's been there since the mid-1880s and is thought to be responsible for its familiar 'bong'.
7th July 2016

Central Lobby
Thanks for your kind words. And now you can win the next trivia contest that asks the origin of the name Big Ben!

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