My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so I looked forward to returning to Southeast Asia. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and see some of what I saw.
Yangon is a city of beautiful contrasts. Markets flourish along the crowded sidewalks, but they do have sidewalks, so that’s a huge improvement from Mandalay where every step could plunge you into a sewer or oncoming traffic.
|Everything from Shoes. . .|
|to Dessert is for Sale on the Streets of Yangon|
|View from a Pedestrian Over Crossing|
|View from the Other Direction|
|Some Buildings from the Colonial Period|
I’m not a city person, but I do enjoy the kinetic excitement once in a while. Yangon didn’t disappoint.
Question: What do you know about the xylophone in the Strand Hotel?
T Authors such as Maugham, Kipling and Orwell were entertained by the music from the xylophone in the Strand lobby. (The Strand opened in 1901, and has hosted these notables along with hundred of others. I’m buying this history, so I can know more about one of the most famous hotels in the world.)
NOW what do you know about Yangon?
T/F 1. The Mons were the earliest inhabitants of the area now called Yangon.
T/F 2. In the eighteen hundreds, the Burmese fought the British and won the battle of Yangon