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From off the beaten tourist trail, here is an assortment of photos from my last trip to Myanmar; food, friends, and fantastic places! Take a ride on the fermented tea leaf express!

 

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Lunch spread at Phyo Maung Maung’s house in Bagan.

 

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Nine Nine playing some Linn Linn songs on guitar in Bagan.

 

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A sandstone painter in Bagan displays his wares.

 

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Ko Soe and his son in Bagan.

 

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Lunch at Zin Ko’s grandmother’s house.

 

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The friendly front desk staff at the Hotel Queen in Mandalay.

 

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Explosion of colors at the market in Nyaungshwe.

 

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Mar Mar Aye at the Golden Bowl Bookshop in Nyaungshwe.

 

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Zin Ko and his grandmother in Mandalay.

 

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Myanmar Beer!

 

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Monks! Monks! Monks! in Tat Ein village.

 

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All hail the mighty duck in Mandalay!

 

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Ma Pu Sue and Lesly in Nyaungshwe.

 

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Shelter from the storm at the Tat Ein monastery.

 

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Mandalay’s fire tower on 81st Street.

 

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An afternoon game of football in Nyaungshwe.

 

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A plate of fermented tea leaf salad: a true Myanmar treat!

 

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U Kyaw in Mandalay.

 

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Yes, we have bananas!

 

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With Zin Ko and Baw Ga in Mandalay.

 

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U Tin Chit at his teashop in Mandalay.

 

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Don’t drink that!

 

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Ko Maw Hsi in Mandalay.

 

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Outside the classroom lessons in Tat Ein village.

 

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Kyaw Zin Tun at the Hotel Queen in Mandalay.

 

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Mr. Jerry at his bike rental shop in Mandalay.

 

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Nuns making their rounds in Mandalay.

 

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The first cut is the deepest at the Tat Ein monastery!

 

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Novice monk at the Tat Ein monastery applies ointment to his “haircut” wounds.

 

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