Botataung and Birth Day Buddhas

Botataung and Birth Day Buddhas

Let the site tell you its secret. Christopher Alexander In Myanmar, the sacred is intertwined with everyday life.  Sacred buildings, gold and white, rise from the landscape, a testament to the Buddha’s teachings.  And the people weave their spirituality into their...
Yangon Circle Line

Yangon Circle Line

Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it. Paul Theroux I’ve always enjoyed travelling by train, probably because I equate it with independence. At the age of eleven, my...
Yangon Street Scenes

Yangon Street Scenes

What strange phenomena we find in a great city. All we need to do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters. Charles Baudelaire   What is it that lures us back to places we have been previously? One of my first walks in Yangon on this...
Yangon: City of blood, dreams and gold

Yangon: City of blood, dreams and gold

This is Burma. And it is unlike any land you know. Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling, the bard of the British Empire, was right when he wrote: ‘This is Burma. And it is unlike any land you know about.’ He could equally have said, ‘And Yangon (Rangoon in his...
Burmese Days – Introduction

Burmese Days – Introduction

Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it. Lucy Maud Montgomery,  Exactly a year ago (December 2014), I was in Myanmar, the Burma I heard about in my childhood. It was not for the first time. Burma, as it was then, entered my imagination during my...