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Running on the Lake part 1

February 10, 2010 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Myanmar, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Inlay Lake Fishermen

It’s like magic to be able to float on a boat at sunset, surrounded by these dark faces, smiley, with red beetle nut encrusted teeth. We are floating on the waters, and the sun is dying and bleeding purple yellow all around us, gushing molten light falling from the slopes of the mountains on the two sides.

Like a jewel encrusted in a rugged metal shape, Inlay Lake’s waters shine opulent with mystic colors and gentle waves, while skinny dark faced people run on it. (more…)

Hsipaw or how to start wrapping my head around a beautiful but HUGE problem Part 2

February 06, 2010 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Myanmar, Travels Visited: 2 Comments →

Monkey, Kit and Gasmyanmar in Hsipaw

It’s not rare to see a horse cart on the right, a woman carrying a huge basket full of goods over her head and a tractor alike machine transporting as many as 10 people on the same stretch of unpaved road, while women with dark faces smeared in golden thanhaka fry samosas and chapatis as if there was no tomorrow. The strength of this place lies in its unique captivating mixture of Southeast Asia and mountainous South China, the background of an untamed mountain valley  filled with humanity and machinery out of a science fiction movie set in 1845. It’s really quiet, and welcoming, and beautiful, because the sky here is so blue that you would wonder what’s wrong in your country’s sky, when compared to this. Pollution is something that here is still largely unknown, and my lungs almost suffer as I inhale some fresh air. (more…)

Hsipaw or how to start wrapping my head around a beautiful but HUGE problem Part 1

January 27, 2010 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, China, English, Myanmar, Opinions, Travels Visited: 1 Comment →

Hsipaw-Cows

The Shan State expands out of Mandalay to the East, and reaches out in its vast, sheer mountainous beauty to Yunnan’s western border, and Northern Thailand to the Southeast. This is Myanmar hotspot for trouble, or better, the place where 10% of the world’s heroin production has hardened the plight of these people for a few decades now. The rest is mostly produced in Afghanistan. The Shan State is also where different rebel mountain ethnic groups have been trying to fight back the Burmese junta, and it’s a territory mostly out of reach to foreigners, us included. (more…)

Done Yangon, here comes Mandalay…

January 23, 2010 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Myanmar, Travels Visited: 1 Comment →

mandalay sagaing view
Trying to type on a bumpy, scenic mountain road from Mandalay to Hsipaw. We had quite a few interesting days lost in the bustle and hustle of Myanmar’s two biggest cities, Yangon and Mandalay. We visited the Shwedagon Paya at sunset, and it was the stuff of legend: just plain beautiful, colors melting in the dark, surreal lights coloring the tiles and a circular array of monks, some tourists, locals and beggars, all together sanctifying the night. Stuck in the middle of Yangon, one of the busiest cities I have ever been, Shwedagon Paya is like an oasis of greatness, a monolith of golden grandeur.
A monk approached me. I think he was totally high, his eyes were watering grey, melting pupils and light altogether. Possibly a fake one, someone trying to steal draped in that dark red vest. (more…)

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