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Fish for Sale

This picture was taken on a busy street in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is a hectic, and at times, seemingly chaotic city. It has a weird balance with lots of peaceful spots hidden on crowded streets. I love Bangkok because it has a lively energy, unlike anywhere else i’ve ever been. One of the really cool things about Bangkok, and Thailand in general, is the food. Thailand has fantastic food, and a high availability of street food, which is cheap, and usually pretty good (as long as you’re careful street food shouldn’t be a problem, just don’t eat anything you wouldn’t eat when you’re at home). I’m not a fish person, but I loved the way this picture came out. This is just one in a series of pictures I took of food vendors on the streets in Bangkok, more to come soon!

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Tree of Life

This picture was taken in one of the many fantastic pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar. Behind the Buddha Statue is a painting of a tree of life, this tree is prominent in the imagery in this area of Myanmar, and can be found in many of the Pagodas. Bagan has a ton of cool Pagodas to offer, with a lot of really amazing art and architecture. If you are visiting Myanmar I would highly recommend making a trip to Bagan. If you’ve read any of my other posts about Myanmar you will already know this, but if you haven’t I think it’s important to mention; there IS an appropriate dress code here! Myanmar tends to be a little conservative in general, and whether you choose to respect that or not while in town is up to you. My family all did, we kept our legs covered at least to below the knees, and our shoulders covered. When you are in temples MAKE SURE you are dressed appropriately, cover your legs and shoulders, and make sure you remove your shoes and socks!

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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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Asleep at the Wheel

This picture was taken in Luang Prabang, Laos. Here you will find a lot of these little vehicles, which go by different names depending on where you are, but in laos they are Tuk Tuks. These little carts are hooked up to motorbikes, and are actually a really effective (and fairly cheap) source of transportation. In Luang Prabang it’s pretty easy to get around on foot, but if you are going for a location a bit out of town, these are really fun to ride in. You can find them all over, but over by the river, just on the other side of the buildings on the main road in Luang Prabang, you can find these guys relaxing, or hanging out, and you can haggle with them on the price of a ride. Some of them, like this guy, even sleep in hammocks in the back. Pretty clever if you ask me!

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These pictures were taken at the amazingly beautiful Tat Kuang Si Waterfall, just outside Luang prabang, Laos. The waterfalls are absolutely gorgeous, and, you can swim in any of the pools that are marked for it (there are signs to tell you which pools you can or cannot swim in). The you can find a place in town to set up a visit here, and often the trips are a joint package with some of the other sight seeing stuff in the area. Just outside of the waterfalls there is an area where you can see asiatic black bears (in captivity); this area is a rescue center through Free the Bears. The group rescues bears that were captured for use in traditional medicine. The area is really cool, and the waterfalls are just stunning. Absolutely worth a visit!

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This photo was taken in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma) just outside one of the many incredible pagodas that you can visit. This was really just a luck shot, I don’t really know why this baby was in a basket, but I thought it was a pretty cool picture none the less. This woman, and her children, were with a group of people who seemed like they were just passing through the area where the Pagoda was located, they had stopped to look at a group of tourists. The interest was clearly mutual, the small group of Burmese people was looking at the tourists, and the tourists (a group from the U.S.) were looking right back, it was sort of an interesting exchange to witness. If you look closely you can see a sort of yellow-white paste is covering the child’s face. The paste is called Tha Na Ka, it’s made from a sort of ground root and water mixture, it’s applied to the face to help keep you cool. While we were there my sister and I tried it ( a very sweet older lady outside a temple applied it for us, she was also very insistent that we smell it, though it really didn’t have much of a strong scent) it was an interesting experience, but neither of us found it to be particularly cooling after it dried. Still, i’d recommend trying it if you have a chance (and if you don’t have any serious plant allergies) it’s an interesting experience, and a lot of local people seemed really pleased by the fact that tourists were trying it out. Behind the woman you can see a horse cart, these are really common in Bagan and you can hire them to take you to pagodas if you prefer the more open air travel to taxis.

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This picture was taken on Khao san Road in Bangkok, Thailand. Khao San is a pretty well known tourist hot-spot, and is especially popular with younger travelers. There’s lots of great shopping to be done in this area, everything from cheap little sun dresses and printed tee shirts, to necklaces made from snake vertebrae, to more traditional Thai souvenirs. Khao San is also a great place to eat. The street is lined with restaurants and food carts, offering a pretty good array of prices. Then there were these, Scorpions on a stick, not your average snack-time food. Unfortunately I didn’t try them ( I had just gotten over being pretty sick, and didn’t really want to risk it), but I intend to try them when I go back to Thailand! We talked briefly to the man that was selling them, and he said that they were good, but other than that I don’t have much information about them. It was, however, an interesting experience to see them selling these scorpions to some of the more daring tourists. If you’re up for it, why not try it, right?

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