2015
05.31

Mawlamyine — finally! About some local attractions. Travel back into the colonial past and why I keep staying here.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.30

COEXISTENCE

About criss-crossing Mawlamyine in search of temples, churches, mosques, and shrines on a hot and sunny (!) day on motor bike.   

About 300,000 people live here, which makes Mawlamyine a compact and manageable town.  On one side flows the Thanlwin River, one of the four main rivers of Myanmar.  The long drawn out town stretches and curves along its shores and is backed by a pagoda-studded hill.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.29

HPA-AN

Sacred sites around Hpa-an, the capital of the Kayin State.  About losing things and about who is winning:  Nature or Myanmar’s Buddhist Disney World.

It’s all about opportunities.  I arrived in Mawlamyine a few days ago and have not seen a single street in town except for the ocean boulevard on which I live.  I look out at Thanlwin River which somewhere downstream connects to the ocean.  I hear the ocean steamers honk and see little fishing boats tucker by.  Behind me unfolds the city.  But each day an opportunity arose to join a group of travelers on an excursion to explore the vicinity around town and it is a lot more affordable and more fun when you have some people with you.  So, the town has to wait.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.28

About “my own” Golden Rock and the Biggest Buddha in the world.  Two excursions from Mawlamyine with Masa-San.  Is more better?  Does size matter?VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.27

OGRE ISLAND

About villages on Ogre Island with special crafts and trades. About making rubber, carving teak wood, weaving textiles and producing slate tablets for school children. About an invitation to celebrate a dead man’s life.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.26

About the Golden Rock during daylight, about monks, child labor, an angry Vietnamese monk, a fall, and another rainy day.

It was 4 AM when I woke up because the pitter-patter on the metal roof had stopped.

Most houses around here, even this fancy-shmancy Mountain View Hotel at Mount Kyaiktiyo, even some mansions and certainly all the shacks around here seem to have metal roofs.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.25

Pictures

Pictures are in for “Stormy Night”.  Sorry, for the delay.  Bandwidth issues…  ET… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.25

STORMY NIGHT

About the fiasco visit of the most important pilgrimage site in Myanmar. About rain, about meeting old friends again. About the philosophy of travel.

It was a dark and stormy night… It really was!… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.24

 

About the three big ones: Pagodas in Yangon. A few words about Buddhism in theory and in practice.  About prayers riding ships and ET riding the public bus.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY

2015
05.23

About my accommodations and a few things of daily life I observed during my first walk on the first day in Yangon: sex in the park, the perils and the blessings of rain, money, and an artist’s co-op.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY