SWEETNESS ABOUNDS IN PYIN OO LWIN, MYANMAR

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A man carrying strawberries and fresh cream at a strawberry farm near Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar.

Strawberries growing at a farm near Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar.
Located about a two-hour drive from Mandalay, Myanmar, up several switchbacks, and away from it all is Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo). As a former summer haven during British occupation, Pyin Oo Lwin is still the perfect getaway to escape from the heat.

TEACHING IN MYANMAR: AROUND MY NEIGHBORHOOD

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SOMETIMES IT TAKES A POWER OUTAGE TO SEE THE LIGHT IN YANGON

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Reading a book my candlelight during a power outage in Yangon, Myanmar.

After living in Yangon, Myanmar, for about five months, I know what it’s like to be eating in a restaurant when the power goes out. I’ve watched what people do when there’s suddenly no electricity in one of the city’s biggest malls. No one seems to even flinch when there's a blackout while shopping in a grocery store.

WHAT A CHILD IN MYANMAR TAUGHT ME ABOUT BEGGARS

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A boy selling postcards in Bagan, Myanmar.

When it comes to wealth and financial inequality, Myanmar is no different from the rest of the world. The few rich seem to be getting richer, and the many poor seem to be getting poorer. The best opportunity for some locals may be to beg for money at popular tourist sites. As a traveler by trade, I’ve had plenty of interactions with beggars throughout the world.

THE SUNNY-SIDE-UP SIDE OF YANGON

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Tea mixed with sweetened condensed milk served with fried bread is a common site in most teashops in Myanmar.

I’m usually running too late to walk to work most days, but on mornings I have enough time, it’s fun to experience the sunny-side-up side of Yangon.