Checking the online news reports first thing this morning, I was shocked and saddened to hear about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was “blown out of the sky” while flying over Ukraine. Another horrific, senseless tragedy, this one resulting in the deaths of nearly 300 people. That was a depressing way to start the day, but the usual parade of interesting customers passing through my bookshop helped to lighten the mood, as did a phone call from a Cambodian friend who had made it safely back across the border, after worrying about the possibility of police harassment. Thankfully, in his case, all was well.
I was especially saddened to see another accident strike Malaysia Airlines. I flew with them last month to KL and back and I was very satisfied with their service. I’ll definitely keep using them again, no matter how many times such horrific accidents — or terrorism — occur. In this case, it seems like the plane was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and the airline itself wasn’t targeted or to blame.
As usual, when bad news like this occurs, I seek solace in photos from my trips. Here are a few more happy faces from my last trip to Myanmar lift the spirits. There is nothing quite like the comfort of smiles.