musings on music, travel, books, and life from Southeast Asia

City Faces, Country Faces

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During my last trip to Myanmar I was spent most of the time in two places: the chaotically comfortable city of Mandalay, and the lovely and laid-back countryside environs of Nyaungshwe in Shan State. Whether I was in the city or in a village like Tat Ein — just down the bumpy dirt road from Nyaungshwe — there were always plenty of children wanting to have their photo taken.

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Having a camera isn’t such a novelty in these days of photo-equipped smart phones, but the kids know that when I make a return trip several months later, I’ll bring them all prints of the best shots, so that creates a demand. Plus, it’s fun for me too. Yeah, making hundreds of prints each time gets a bit expensive, but it’s worth it for the additional round of smiles that results!

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