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Monks in the Trees

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It was late in the morning at Tat Ein village in Shan State, about the time that the monks have their lunch (always eaten well before noon), and a line of novice monks was slowing winding down the hill, through a canopy of leafy trees, towards the dining room of the monastery.

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Later, after they had consumed that final meal of the day, some of the novice monks wandered over to where I was sitting under a tree (paging through my Burmese phrase book) and posed for a round of photos. That led so some of them running around the trees and then swinging from the branches, and finally dropping from the trees like red-robed pine cones. I wish you could hear their high-pitched giggles, the buzz of delight, as they swung and swooped from the trees. Priceless moments on a warm Shan State morning.

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