Monday, April 11, 2016

Mesmerizing, Enchanting, Magical Myanmar

Sunrise in Bagan

In October of 2015, my friends and I timely (it was right before the elections) got to visit an interesting place- Myanmar. It felt a lot like traveling back in time, and in the many places we went, there was a sense of calm and peace. Perhaps because I was searching for that? It was a great time to stop, look inward and reflect. 

The sceneries and the slower flow of time are I think what I will remember the most- the sun setting over behind the mountains, lush greens moving by the wind breeze, the reflections on the surface of the water, and a sky full of sparkling stars in the middle of the lake. And moonshine so strong that the world beneath the sky looks darker... made me feel the universe. 

Silence too. Moving along, floating along in the lake in our boat, I felt silence and serenity. Living with the sun, the moon and the stars, living alongside nature...perhaps that is what I am seeking and wanting more of in my life. Hmmmm. 

There were lots of exciting "1sts"- like eating a bug, seeing a manually operated ferris wheels... a true adventure in a beautiful place. As always, I wish we had more time to see more! 

All of this was such a contrast from the turbulent history we read on Myanmar, and its fight for democracy... we saw NLD stickers and posters/books their heroine, Aung San Suu Kyi, in many places. Hoping that the sense of peace we witnessed in Burmese nature, will reach the people through democracy as well. 

Reflecting back, I find it so valuable that I am getting to experiencing these events/places real time, through my own senses. The words meant so much more as I shared my experience with the children afterwards. We read about Aung San Suu Kyi's life, discussed about what it means to "fight peacefully" for freedom... There are only 6 to 9 years olds, but children can take it all in so naturally and express how they feel about it. Just that makes me hopeful about our future, and also feel like what I am doing is worth something.

Other posts to follow what we did/where we went! 

Shwedagon Pagoda







Cycling around the ruins...

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