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Adventures of the Burmese Bicycle Gang (Part One)

On our last day in Yangon, we went in search of food near the market. Tired and overwhelmed from wandering in and out of the maze of stalls, we wanted to find a place where we could sit down. As it was the middle of the afternoon, however, many places seemed to be shut. We rode our bikes into a parking lot, and noticed an unmarked restaurant to one side, so pulled up to see. There were no walls; it was just a cement slab with a wood roof over it, but there were a few wooden tables and red plastic stools, and a small kitchen to one side. Nobody else was there.

“Do you want something to eat?” A middle-aged man with a mustache and kind eyes approached us, speaking in perfect English.

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The Colours of Rangoon and The Colours of Life

When I walked out of my hostel in Rangoon all those years ago, I couldn’t stop whirling around, taking in all of my surroundings. I felt overcome by my senses: the jangling of the sugar cane man’s bells, the smell of frying vegetables, the air so thick and humid I could open my mouth and drink it in. And the colours, too, drip-drying at the laundry and splashed across markets and swirled on the faces of those around me.

But what about in London?

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The Long Way Round – Taking Yangon’s Circle Train

On our third day in Yangon, my friend Kerri and I decided to join our new friends Uros and Jerome for a ride on the Circle Train. We had all heard that it was a great way to spend a few hours, a great way to see some of the sights of the city for ourselves. I couldn’t wait – to see a country through the window of a train is one of my favourite ways to sightsee. The train is so named because it literally circles the city of Yangon; the whole journey takes approximately three hours, and a train comes every hour.

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Going Green

Yangon, Myanmar Osaka, Japan Havana, Cuba Jaisalmer, India Seoul, South Korea Tokyo, Japan Jodhpur, India Kathmandu, Nepal Beijing, China Bangkok, Thailand Yangon, Myanmar Udaipur, India With Earth Day coming up, here are some shades of green around the world.  See more green here. See yellow here and here. See pink here and here and here and here. See blue […]

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Blue Sunday

Melbourne, Australia Yangon, Myanmar Bangkok, Thailand Havana, Cuba Agra, India The Perhentians, Malaysia Pai, Thailand Kota Bharu, Malaysia Kathmandu, Nepal Vientiane, Laos Chiang Mai, Thailand Borobudur, Indonesia Gili Trawangan, Indonesia Sundays are usually my blue days – no matter if I work or it’s a day off, I tend to feel a little bit down […]

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How To Make Friends In Nepal

…or Romania, or Bolivia, or Japan…   When you ask a traveller what he or she loves most about being on the road, chances are he or she will, at some point, mention interacting with the local people and learning about new cultures. Most travellers are, after all, xenophiles at heart. But to the novice traveller, […]

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Happy In Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar We rode our rented bikes, the ones we got from down the road from our hotel, all around the city that day – hours and hours and miles and miles, with no real direction or purpose. We spotted a lake on a map and so we rode there. Along the way we stopped […]

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