Embracing the fear of unknown

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One of my earlier memories from my travelling around Myanmar is me, lying in the back of a truck, looking at passing pagodas of Bagan, wondering how can the sun be so orange and thinking that I am heading to the unknown again. It was a manifestation of my reality: now knowing when I get there […]

Cycle for your life

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I’ve used bicycle as my main transport pretty much everywhere I’ve lived: I cycled in Brooklyn after the hurricane Sandy hit, I used a bike in Scotland after I found one around the corner from my house with the sign ‘Free to good home’ (regardless the two flat tires that had to be fixed and […]

This ordinary Myanmar life

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Rolling down the hill on almost empty tank of petrol, passing three people on one motorbike and seeing how cows fight over a piece of cloth in a monastery I smile and welcome myself in Myanmar for the third time. Life in Myanmar can be challenging and it always takes me by surprise although knowing a bit […]

Myanmar-Thailand overland border-crossing

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Foreigners rarely cross Myanmar-Thai border overland from Myanmar side and there is not enough posts on border-crossing, so, I’m going to make one here! To this date, four border checkpoints have been opened between Myanmar and Thailand: Myawaddy/Mae Sot (the most used one) Tachileik/Mae Sai (no idea about this one) Htee Kee/Phunaron-Phu Nam Ron (for Kanchanaburi) […]

Paradise beaches are in Myanmar

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I doubted my decision to go down the southern coast of Myanmar more than few times during my travels: when a train station officer didn’t want to sell me a ticket to Dawei, only to Moulmein, because it is forbidden for foreigners to travel behind that town (although this restriction was lifted few years back, obviously […]