Archive for the "Burma" category

Bagan, Myanmar ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (November 30th, 2012)

When I visited here during our tour in October, it was my 2nd visit to Bagan. With Myanmar (Burma) in its very early stages of tourist development, it’s one of the few places travelers visit. That means there are a lot of people there all trying to get the same spectacular sunset shots There were […]

Continue reading


Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (November 16th, 2012)

Sitting atop a hill, Shwedagon Pagoda and its golden gilded stupa, can be seen from many locations around Yangon. By some accounts, this revered Buddhist site is the oldest pagoda in the world at 2,600 years (other accounts put it at 1,000 – 1,400 years old). The pagoda enshrines eight hairs from Gautama Buddha and […]

Continue reading


Burma Photos (Part III – Food)

by Beth Whitman (January 27th, 2012)

The first time I sat down to a meal in Burma and ordered a set menu, I was surprised that everything arrived on the table at the same time. Appetizer, soup, entree and dessert all beautifully presented on a tray. As someone who likes to eat her hot dishes hot, this was a bit of […]

Continue reading


Burma Photos (Part II – People)

by Beth Whitman (January 20th, 2012)

With years of economic sanctions imposed upon the Burmese by Western nations, when I visited last fall, I had expected to feel a sense of desperation and an eagerness from them to leave their country. Instead, I found the people of Burma to be sophisticated and excited about the impending changes. I also discovered that […]

Continue reading


Burma Photos (Part I – Temples)

by Beth Whitman (January 13th, 2012)

My trip to Burma last fall took me completely by surprise. This is a country that has had economic sanctions imposed upon it by the international community for nearly 20 years. Surely it would be struggling. I expected what I experienced in 1992 in Vietnam. Women begged me to help them find an American husband […]

Continue reading