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The Biggest Book in the World

October 9th 2014
Arriving a few days before Thadingyut (Festival of Lights) meant that we had a really easy first week with two days off school. I was really interested to see my first Burmese festival, the internet having promised ceremonies, processions and the whole city brightly illuminated at night. The reality, however, was a few Chinese lanterns being released and a few fireworks (but this has continued for ... read more
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Burmese Flag Britain conquered Burma over a period of 62 years (1824-1886) and incorporated it into its Indian Empire. Burma was administered as a province of India until 1937 when it became a separate, self-governing colony; independence from the Commonwealth wa... ... read more
6th November 2014

Beautiful Mandalay!
Biggest book indeed, though the "pages" were beautiful and looked like the mausoleums in upscale South American cemeteries. That flower-seller had lotus buds--how fantastic to have bouquets of lotus in your room! Your wonderful photos completely obfuscate the crowds and picnicing families--well done. And you're so right in feeling that Mandalay seems so new--it was founded as a royal capital only in 1857--very new indeed.

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