Surreal Travel Moments

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma), Running | No Comments

There are moments in travel that are so surreal, they lend a magical hue to one’s memories of a place. These moments may not be the “big” ones; the first-time-you-spot-the-Eiffel-Tower or the watching-a-lion-stalk-a-gazelle ones, but they are the ones you will carry with you long after you’ve returned home, even without a photograph to remind […]

Crazy Sh!t We Didn’t Tell You About

Crazy Sh!t We Didn’t Tell You About

You know about the gorillas. You know about how we fell in the giant gutter. You know that a girl we were trekking with almost died on the Perito Moreno glacier. You may even have caught the bit about how I ended up bloody after I got tripped by a puppy in Negril when we […]

My Biggest Regret

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | 3 Comments

In my book, regret and travel don’t mix. I like to think that things tend to happen for a reason while on the road, and that even if they don’t, good travelers have to be adaptable and learn to go with the flow. But of all of the memories from the past year of traveling, […]

Goodbye, Burma

Goodbye, Burma

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | No Comments

If you are planning a trip to Burma and looking for a bit of practical advice, we list some of our most important take-aways at the end of this post. Feel free to skip ahead. *                      *                      * Have you ever tried to narrate a fast-moving soccer game to someone in another room and found […]

Burmese Bus Rides

Burmese Bus Rides

Posted by on Feb 11, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | No Comments

Our bus trips throughout Burma were, um, different. Burmese people have various options available to them when it comes to travel. In decreasing order of comfort, they are: highway (AC) coaches, regional (non-AC) buses, minibuses (both long- and short- distance), and pickup trucks. The highway coaches are large, comfy buses imported from Japan or Korea. […]

Jumping Kitties! (And Other Marvels of Inle Lake)

Jumping Kitties! (And Other Marvels of Inle Lake)

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | No Comments

As I write this, we’re sitting in a shack on the side of a dusty road, waiting for our bus to Toungoo. We’re just outside Inle Lake in eastern Burma, having spent the last three days here enjoying the best of Burma: good food, friendly people, and beautiful scenery. I can’t say either of us […]

I’m Baganning to Like it Here

I’m Baganning to Like it Here

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | 3 Comments

I must admit that I haven’t completely fallen in love with Burma. There have been plenty of awe-inspiring moments and a few truly bizarre experiences here and there, but for every cool conversation with monks on a bridge there’s a dumb-ass bus or taxi driver that I want to strangle with my bare hands. It’s […]

Sleepless in Hsipaw

Sleepless in Hsipaw

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | 3 Comments

After the hustle and bustle of Mandalay, we looked forward to heading to the small town of Hsipaw (pronounced “see-paw”), high in the hills of Burma’s Shan State, for a little peace and quiet. Instead, we barely slept. There are all of three guesthouses in Hsipaw, and after doing a little bit of research, I decided […]

Mandalay: It’s Not What You Think (But It’s Alright)

Mandalay: It’s Not What You Think (But It’s Alright)

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma), Running | 2 Comments

Hear the word “Mandalay” and your mind is likely to conjure up images of gently swaying palm trees, dark-stained teak houses, and women with long skirts, conical bamboo hats, and parasols. Think again. Today, Mandalay is a noisy, gritty, bustling city – Burma’s second largest – with shopping malls, coffee shops, and motorbikes. Lots and […]

I Want Some Weirdness, Dammit!

I Want Some Weirdness, Dammit!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma), Running | 4 Comments

Four days into our visit to Burma, I found myself somewhat bothered by the apparent ordinariness of the country. Yangon was fascinating in many respects and the countryside looked a bit like a low-tech version of rural Thailand, but I had expected something much more 1984-ish than what we’d seen so far. Where was the […]