Internet Blocked

by Brenna Holeman

Yes, it’s true, my blog is technically blocked in Myanmar. Thanks to proxy servers and a sneaky helper, though, here I am!

This is just a quick note to say that I am in love with this city, in love with riding my bike from one lake to the next, in love with the amazing people with swirls of suncream on their faces who smile and shake my hand, in love with the fresh mango with chili and the piping hot Indian food from the street, in love with the gold temple that shines with the sunset, in love with everything, everything, everything.

I will write more soon; I am so excited to share my photos of this incredible place.

In regards to the postcard “contest”, would Lorra Fae, Haley, Canadian Pie, Deirdre, Steph, Gretchen, Amie, Emily Kathryn, and Turrm please send your addresses to [email protected]. Yes, that’s right. I couldn’t choose. I will send each of you a postcard, though probably not from Burma – I promise one to each of you from some point in my travels, though. Thank you, as always, for sharing your thoughts with me.


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Canadian Pie February 7, 2011 - 9:11 pm

oohh fantastic!!! I can’t wait to get my postcard.

I will e-mail you my address, big thanks!


Oneika February 8, 2011 - 9:09 am

cool!!! how slow is the internet there, though? my boyfriend went to burma for 3 weeks last year and said that webpages take ages to upload!

Ekua February 9, 2011 - 6:07 am

Truly excited to hear about your experiences in Burma!

This Battered Suitcase February 10, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Christine – I got your email, thanks! I’ll send one whenever I can.

Oneika – The internet was soooo slooowww…it took me an hour to write that post and a few emails. Oh well, slow internet is better than no internet!

Ekua – Thanks, although I think it will take a while for the entire experience to really set in; it was truly amazing.

Sara F. February 10, 2011 - 8:29 pm

Oh my goodness you have no idea how pumped I am to have found your blog again. I used to have it on my favorites and then I had a sudden, unwanted computer change. The last time I read this blog you were on the trip leaving Osaka (!). I couldn’t remember your blog’s name (I’m terrible at that kind of thing) and finally by looking through the Links section of all the travel bloggers I still had, I saw the name “Brenna” and I remembered! I had no idea your site had such a big impact on me that I would go to all that trouble so basically thank you!

Zablon February 11, 2011 - 7:23 am

is it hard to access the internet?

This Battered Suitcase February 11, 2011 - 9:08 am

Sara F. – Thank YOU so much for sharing that story with me! It put a big smile on my face today. I’m so glad that you like my blog and that you went through all of that trouble to find it again…

Zablon – There were a few internet cafes around, but sometimes the internet didn’t work and sometimes it was just too slow to wait for. Also, sites like blogger and facebook are blocked, so you have to use a proxy server…


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