Myanmar-2013 (1031)

Ayeyerwaddy Daze

“River travelling is monotonous and soothing. No matter what part of the world you are it is the same. No responsibility rests on your shoulders. Life is easy.” W. Somerset Maugham, The Gentleman in the Parlour The Ayeyarwaddy River is Myanmar’s lifeline. Its name means “mother river.” Starting in the northern highlands, it flows south…

Myanmar-2013 (195)

Shwedagon

Pilgrims circled Shwedagon Pagoda, their voices hushed. I walked with them. The tiles were still warm from the heat of the day’s sun, which has now set. The air smelled of incense, frangipani and jasmine flowers—all a part of the religious rituals being performed at altars and mini-temples surrounding the base of the pagoda. The…