what was it about Burma?

IT IS inevitable that you will ask or be asked the mother of all questions when travelling: “Where has been your favourite country?” It crops up on a regular basis when wandering your way through the world. And of course this query is never complete without the subsequent “Why?”.¬†On my part I try to mix … Continue reading

travel bite: Bagan, Burma

YOU can smell the earth awakening from its sleep, unfurling before the coming sun. Early morning buzzing sounds begin, birds caw and the echoes of crickets and squeaks of squirrels can be heard. A gentle dawn chorus of tweeting follows. Young dogs play in the dry earth of fields. A horse, anchored to its cart, … Continue reading

travel bite: Yangon (Rangoon), Burma

THE city’s streets are dark. At intervals there is the odd fluorescent tube, a candle, a dim shop light. Sounds and smells become guides. Uneven terrain is blindly navigated underfoot. In what light there is a man is spied on his back, spreadeagled, his body contained within a metal framed trailer. It is parked in … Continue reading

best of the rest: Laos

TREES, frogs and waterfalls… On the banks of a river, waterfall bound, sits a minority village hidden from view. A little girl is wandering down to the water’s edge. She has on a lilac t-shirt and knee length skirt with brocaded trim. A black wispy bob brushes against her delicate features. As she approaches me … Continue reading

travel bite: Tad Lo, Laos (Pt 2)

YOU know that you’re at a good point in life when your biggest conundrum is whether or not it’s acceptable to pick-up-a-pig. Well, piglet to be specific – the sow would provide too much physical exertion for one day… It’s whilst sitting at Mama’s observing preparations for the New Year Pii Mai Laos celebrations that … Continue reading

travel bite: Tad Lo, Laos (Pt 1)

I HAVE been transported to a little piece of heaven. A bamboo hut leaning askew; shaded porch overlooking grazing cattle meandering across scorched fields. The cows are calling out to each other in the twilight, great groans – as though involuntarily – escaping them. The wooden decking beneath my feet is flanked with faded floral … Continue reading

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