The good fortune of travel
I have been fortunate. I have traveled to many wonderful places in my life, and each holds incredible experiences. That said, the people of Myanmar have left some of my most unforgettable memories of my travels.
In fact, it’s the experiences and the people I have met that urge me to my next destination on my seemingly endless list of places to see and people to meet.
A favorite place
People often ask me what my favorite place has been. Somewhat surprisingly, that has been an almost impossible question for me to answer. Every place has such uniqueness and so many wonders and so much to learn about. That said, Myanmar is one place that does and will always stand out for me.
I spent over two years there, and it is a magical place. Perhaps this is because it is so much less like where I grew up that I was completely absorbed in its newness and specialness. The other element that was so meaningful was the genuine kindness and friendliness of the people of Myanmar.
Things that make it special
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. Bangladesh and India border the country to its northwest, China to its northeast, Laos and Thailand to its east and southeast, and the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to its south and southwest.
With its location in mind and because Myanmar has over 135 ethnic groups, it would seem likely that this would account for its richness of culture. It has an ancient and diverse history as well as stunning and unique heritage sites. There are endless elaborate temples, stupas, impressive monuments, beautiful natural areas, and festivals and celebrations. Finally, as most of the people of Myanmar are devout Buddhists who take to heart the teachings of the Buddha and practice this in their daily lives, that make this and its people really special, and it permeates its culture
Photos of People of Myanmar
These photos are of Vendors in the market on Dala Island
Dala Island is easily reachable by a 15 minute Ferry from Downtown Yangon (Rangoon). It is a good and place to experience the daily lives of locals there. In particular, it’s Morning Market, rickshaw rides through the almost carless streets, and people walking and biking everywhere. However, be aware there are a few scams for getting to the Island.
One important feature of the people of Myanmar is the almost universal smile on their faces
Things that matter to the people of Myanmar
Myanmar has struggles. However, I saw that the people are balanced in what is important. Those being, their relationships, their families’ love. Additionally, their values and faith, and desire for education act as the glue no matter their differences.
One thing is certain, you cannot interact with these people without leaving with a smile on your face.