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This picture was taken inside one of the many Pagodas found in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). There are over a thousand Pagodas in the area, and each one has something interesting to offer. Some are more ornate on the inside, others have more to offer in terms of architectural design. Many have intricate paintings, some of which, have faded away, or have been lost over time. In this picture you can see, on the wall behind the Buddha statue, as well as in the hall, the remnants of some of these fantastic paintings. Personally, I like the combination of the bricks and the paintings, it really allows you to see multiple aspects of the Pagoda, in terms of it’s construction, and the way it has changed over time. Many of the pagodas are still in use, for religious purposes, as well as for visiting tourists. Often you will see buddhist monks, like this one, praying in front of these statues. If you see this, try not to be disruptive. Walk around rather than in front, and make sure that you do not take any pictures with your back facing the Buddha. Also when visiting these pagodas be respectful in the way you dress, many have signs posted outside to indicate what is/ is not appropriate dress, and make sure you take of your shoes, and socks. I can’t recommend visiting these sites highly enough, they are truly amazing, and pictures (even good ones) don’t really do them justice. If you are visiting Bagan it’s not likely that you will have time to see all of the Pagodas in the area, we were there for four days and we saw twenty-one, so do your research! Get a guide book, or a guide/ driver if you are more comfortable with that, and figure out which of the temples you want to see the most. No matter what you see when you are here, they all have something to offer, and each one is unique and beautiful. If you are in Myanmar try to find time to visit Bagan, it is absolutely worth the trip!

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This photograph was taken in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma), at Shwedagon Pagoda. It is also known, quite appropriately, as the Golden Pagoda. It’s a fantastic site to see, and one of the more popular places to visit for both native and foreign tourists in Yangon. It’s really incredible to see ┬áthe Pagoda, towering up in the midst of the city, a shining bright gold point. The Pagoda is just as impressive from close up, the rooms are covered in mirrored mosaics with tons of Buddha statues and offerings of flowers. The temple is also, not surprisingly, an attraction for lots of visiting monks. When visiting remember (as always) to be respectful, this is a religious site, and a very important one at that. Make sure (both men and women) that shoulders are covered, legs are covered at least below the knee, and shoes and socks are removed before entering the Pagoda. (P.S. more pictures of the actual structure to come!)

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Taken at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. This is a super cool museum to take kids to, and it's free admission for there permanent exhibits.

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Taken in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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