Touring Bagan: the good and the bad

  Our last stop in Myanmar was Bagan. Touring Bagan was the highlight of Myanmar for me.  It was beautiful, ancient, and relaxing.  Pagodas and temples sprout up from the rust earth.  Ancient frescos of the Buddha fill many of the temples interiors. As an art lover, 11th century frescos really left me ohhing and…

Mandalay, Myanmar: A Travel Diary

      We arrived in Mandalay after a third turbulent plane ride.  The air was thick with smog.  Motorcycles were everywhere and the city was alive with energy.  Ancient Mandalay, the formal capital and home to the royal palace was stunning.  More pagodas and ancient temples wooed me. I was only there two nights,…

Inle Lake Travel Diary

                      It is an hour-long propeller plane from Yangon to Inle Lake’s access airport Heho. Amazingly a full meal was served during our quick one-hour domestic flight, including teacakes and tea.   From Heho airport it is a bumpy one-hour drive to Inle Lake. Life might…

Myanmar Travel Diary: Yangon

    Myanmar or Burma, so closed off for so long is now very open, and very much seeing a rise in tourism from the west.  My feelings about Myanmar, like most places I visit are complex and it is difficult to write about. Myanmar is a land of monks, gold, and Buddhas.  The landscape…

Bali: Where I ate, prayed, and loved.

Ahh Bali the final stop in our Asian adventure. You might have heard of Bali “land of the Gods.” Prior to my trip the word Bali had evoked powerful exotic feelings in my mind. Maybe I had read a bit too much Elizabeth Gilbert. But I was expecting the island to bring on a full…