Two weeks in Myanmar (Burma) Part 2: Bagan, Kalaw, and Inle Lake

The first half of Myanmar was great. The second half was brilliant. Bagan – the first stop of part two – was on another level. Hundreds and hundreds of ancient brick temples dotted across green horizons with hills and mountains providing a beautiful backdrop, the sunset illuminating the scene with an ethereal glow, the panorama magical and mystical, our eyes, full of wonder, watching as it faded to black.

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Now for something a little bit different… Myanmar (Burma): An introduction

Let’s get one thing clear – Myanmar and Burma are the same country. The then-ruling military “changed” from “Burma” to “Myanmar” in 1989 – although it remains contested. I will use Burma because it’s faster to type and “Burmese” works better than “Myanmarian”. After two-and-a-half months working our way from Istanbul to Rome we jumped […]

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Güle güle, Довиждане, la revedere, viszontlátásra, Auf Wiedersehen, Ahoj, збогом, Zbogom, Doviđenja, arrivederci, goodybe, Europe

The European leg of our odyssey has come to an end after 80 days, 13 countries, around 40 trains and buses, and countless fantastic places. Starting in Turkey and travelling through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy our last days were in Rome, to mutilate an overused […]

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So, Venice is nice…

In perhaps the least surprising news ever, Venice is amazing. I can add little that hasn’t been said already; it’s a truly unique place, a genuine wonder of the world, everyone must visit once in their lives, there’s nowhere quite like “Venezia”. The scale, the architecture, the culture, the history, and the remarkable canal network, […]

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