myanmar (burma)

Fruit Break! It was as delicious as it was beautiful!

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We think this was a little monk imposter trying to make some money for his family- he was a cutie!

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I don’t think either of our boys will be professional dancers…

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When I was directing this photo- I kept telling the boys to put their hand on their hips, pop out knees, pop up your heels, big smile, razzle dazzle them!… It took five minutes and this is the best they could do.

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Very Hi-Tech Devices for Weighing Baggage!

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This statue oddly reminds me of a few people I have met in my life…

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Shewdagon

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This is the biggest palace in Yangon, and frankly, it is much more impressive than the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

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Another UNO Convert

We’re like UNO missionaries. This is a picture of our driver, Charles, who took us around Yangon, Bahan, Bagan and up to the Golden Rock Pagoda. He was fantastic and patient. He liked UNO and was very good at it!

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Bells and Gongs are big here (literally and figuratively)

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The Burmese Larry

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We think we found Larry’s long lost twin!!

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Thanaka

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All around Myanmar you see people, mostly women and girls, with a yellowish paste on their faces. Its called thanaka and they use it as a type of sunscreen that also cools your face. It is hot in Myanmar, like 102 to 105 daily, so you could see why this is necessary. Thanaka is a paste made from the root of a tree that is ground into powder. We thought we would give it a try.

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Maddux is not as pleased with the results as the rest. The application of the thanaka is also a form of artistic expression, you see all kinds of designs. Our lady claimed that she was the very first person to create a leaf on women’s cheeks. Kim was lucky enough to get that one.

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