October 30, 2012

The road to Mandalay

Myanmar! Shrouded in mystery, hidden for decades behind a shadowy steel curtain of tyranny! The land that time forgot! The last nation untouched by the corrupting influence of the West! Right?

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Yeah, not so much.

It is a fascinating place, though. Still deeply culturally independent,

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and still more economically influenced by China than by the West, though that's changing fast.

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It's also quite a visually extraordinary place.

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text-arches

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Especially in Bagan, land of ten thousand temples (once literally):

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irrawaddy-sunset

Spot the Buddha!

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I took, at a conservative estimate, approximately nineteen zillion pictures, of which these are but a sample. More to come.

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