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Girl in Santa Maria de Jesus

This photo was taken in Santa Maria de Jesus in Guatemala. This town is about a thirty minute bus ride from Antigua. It’s not really a touristed area. Though there is a cool old church up there. I’d recommend a visit to Santa Maria if you want to get a better feel for what guatemala is actually like. While Antigua is really lovely, it’s a colonial city, and as it is a UNESCO world heritage site, not much has changed there. In Santa Maria, or some of the other small town areas that surround Antigua, you can get more of a feel for the general every day life of the people that live there. This young girl, like most, if not all, of the young girls that live in Santa, is in tradition dress. Huipiles (the top she is wearing) are often made by hand, and are typically worn along with a plainer fabric skirt that is tied together by an embroidered belt.

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Thanaka

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These photos were taken in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). This woman is selling Thanaka, a sort of cosmetic bark paste that’s pretty common in Myanmar. The paste is applied to the face, and sometimes the arms, it sort of acts as a sun block, and its used to keep people cool. We bought some from this woman; she was really sweet, and she was REALLY excited that we were interested in this. It’s sold mostly to locals, and you don’t really see tourists with it, but we were curious. She showed us how the paste was made, let us smell it, and applied it to both mine and my sister’s faces. She didn’t speak any english, but it was a really interesting interaction all the same, and even with the language barrier it was easy to tell that both of the parties involved were equally interested. Myanmar is a fantastic place, and probably one of the more interesting countries i’ve visited, mostly because it’s an awesome place, but also because it’s really just starting to become a tourist destination. The people are friendly, the food is fantastic, the culture is really incredible, and the art and archaeological sites are just amazing. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend a visit to Myanmar! I’ve only been to two cities there, but I would highly recommend both Bagan and Yangon.

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This picture was taken at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma). The pagoda, which I mentioned in a previous post, is a very popular attraction for both native and foreign tourists. It draws lots of visitors, some are visiting to just take a look around, others come with the intention of practicing their religion. Among those visiting are large numbers of buddhist monks. If you look closely you can see, near the glass case in the center of the shrine, a monk has his head down in prayer. While lots of people come here to pray it also seems like a lot of people are just there to hang out, and relax with their families and friends.It’s a really cool site, and I really enjoyed walking around the (rather extensive) grounds. As always, if you are visiting a religious site remember to be respectful of the dress code and any other rules presented to you. There should be signs near where you purchase tickets telling you what is and is not allowed. As far as dressing appropriately, it’s always a good idea to have a sarong or some kind of wrap to cover up your legs (especially if you don’t want to wear it all day, a wrap/ sarong is easy to put on over shorts and take off when you no longer need to be conservatively covered), also make sure to cover your shoulders, and remove your shoes!

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I took this when we visited a small village outside of Masai Mara. I would totally recommend going to visit a village, it’s a really interesting experience, and (at least at the village we visited) everyone was really friendly, and they asked us just as many questions as we asked them.

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Another picture of a young Karen Hill tribe girl outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Taken at a cremation ceremony in Bali, Indonesia. If you have the opportunity, these are really interesting to see. At least where we were visitors were welcome, and it's a really unique occasion very much unlike anything else i'd ever seen.

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This pretty little girl is a member of the Karen Hill Tribe. Taken in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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