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Snapshots from Myanmar

February 7th 2017
I got back from Myanmar and promptly came down with pneumonia. I do not recommend getting pneumonia. It is tiring, and I am bored with it. But now that I am recovering, it is time to finish up my Burmese blogs. Emerging Country I don’t like the term “third world country,” it seems so condescending. So I’m taking a phrase from the financial pages: “emerging market,” or “emerging cou ... read more
Asia » Burma

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
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10th February 2017

Myanmar
We nearly had a brief sojourn there for Denise's birthday last year but got busy so it did not eventuate. I had thought sooner rather than later but I note you seem to say to wait a while. Food for thought?
10th February 2017

It depends....
You and Denise are well traveled, and I think you would enjoy going now. I've talked to some people who seem to think they can just rent a motorcycle and travel through the north into Thailand. That is a bad idea. There is some interesting history here, with the whole story of the British considering Myanmar a division of India. Throw in the story of General Aung San, and you have the makings of a pretty good movie. The temples are stunning, particularly in Yangon, and if that interests you, you'll have a field day. The people are welcoming, especially the older ones, and even as a single woman, I never felt uncomfortable. So, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Myanmar to you, but people who are expecting the conveniences of a developed country will be disappointed.

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