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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 series of pictures shows some of the many flat baskets that you can see around Luang Prabang, Laos. While the contents of the baskets varied, it looked like it was always food. Dried chili to be ground into pastes, dried sticky rice, and dried Morning Glory. I don’t know exactly why all of these things need to be dried, but I really liked the way the baskets were just set out on the sidewalks. Luang Prabang is a really pretty little town with a lot of interesting things to offer tourists, and with some really fantastic food!

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This is a little marketplace we found in Krakow, Poland. Food wasn’t super expensive in Poland, which was a really nice contrast to some of the other place we had stayed. We went to this market right when we got to Krakow, we were actually looking for a museum, but it was closed, and we happened to find this little market instead. We bought a ton of fresh fruit and sat in a nearby park and ate it and just watched the locals walk around. It was really nice, and it was really cool to see how they sell sunflower seeds there, still attached to the actual flower. We took our time in Poland a little slow, we didn’t go to too many tourist attractions, but we had a really great experience there, and the food was seriously amazing. If you are visiting Krakow keep an eye out for a 24 hour Perogi restaurant, the perogis were good (and super cheap) and it’s wonderful to have a 24 hour place! We went and got perogis right before we left and took them with us on our seriously early morning train. Poland is a great place to visit, but i’d definitely recommend doing some research before you go, just so you have a better idea of what you’ll want to see when you’re there.

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Weaving

Another picture from our visit to the tribal village we went to in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Really cool village, lots to see, it’s sort of tourist oriented, but not at all in a bad way. Its government funded and the people here live a fairly traditional lifestyle, and they sell the stuff they make. The village is composed of multiple tribal groups, and if you can’t make it out to the mountains to visit a different village I would highly recommend this. The people are very nice and the town is very pretty, it’s pretty small though so it’s a fairly low-maintainence day trip.
Here are two of the other pictures I took of girls from the same tribe, which is the Karen Hill Tribe.
https://happywanderer15.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/hill-tribe-girl-ii/
https://happywanderer15.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/hill-tribe-girl/

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In Conversation

Two young Guatemalan women in traditional dress talking in a square in Antigua, Guatemala.

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

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some of the men from the Maasi village, Maasi Mara, Kenya

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