April 29, 2015

A Foodie Abroad – Dala, Myanmar

Young woman selling fruit and sweets in Yangon, Myanmar. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I learnt a long time ago, that often the best adventures are those that are unplanned, and on a whirlwind visit to Myanmar recently, this little foodie abroad noted that statement couldn’t have been truer. With a day to myself, I hopped the police escorted tour bus manned by a bubbly guide Mon-Mon, who entertained us as we bounced and bumped the hour and half drive into the city from where we were docked. I was hitting this city with zero expectation, and no real idea of what I’d get up too, so when Mon-Mon suggested I tag along with her for the day, visiting her friends in the small village of Dala across the river from Yangon, I eagerly accepted.

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Boys headed to market

When we arrived at the ferry terminal, we were pulled aside and pointed into the manager’s office to buy our tickets. We are charged the tourist/foreigner fee of 4,400 kyats (or $4 US) for a return ticket, to me that really wasn’t worth the grumblings heard from some in my group, it was a pretty quick and comfortable trip, taking around 20 minutes. The equivalent back home would have cost double and wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining.

Soon enough we were crossing the mighty Yangon River in a two-story ferry, flat-bed cargo ships drifted by loaded with an assortment of goods, including teak and rice. There were hundreds of commuter’s including livestock and just about everything else you can imagine.

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Chooks at the Market

Street hawkers were selling their wares, (much of which was pretty junky), as well as fresh fruits, cloudy bags of liquid that I figured was coconut water, cigarettes and even dried fish. It was exciting to get amongst the locals, I’m pretty sure I was suffering from tourist-rubber-neck-syndrome drinking it all in.

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Dried Fish

Arriving in Dala, I hopped on my very first trishaw, (a trishaw is a bicycle with a sidecar if you didn’t know). Animals including chickens, stray dogs, goats and even cows roam freely by. We head down a pot hole (now I’m not complaining, but my limo certainly wasn’t designed for this Westerners bum #ouch) laden dirt road, with a flurry of pedestrians and horns honking as we weaved around other rickshaws, and then onto a concrete path into the village itself.

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Trishaw Touring

One of the most shocking stops of the day was a farmers market, it was so disgustingly dirty and smelt like decaying meat and old fish #supersnout Skeletal dogs slept next to chicken carcasses covered in flies on filthy bamboo tables and tubs filled with fish paste, locally grown vegetables, fruits, seafood and spices galore balancing awkwardly in amongst it all. It was a total culture shock, but fascinating to see too all in the same breath.

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Fish Paste – Myanmar Village Food Markets

The houses were made of bamboo with tin roofs, not at all what I would call comfortable living, but Mon-Mon said they were in really good condition. There are tiny shopfronts in some people’s homes, the entire space not much larger than my bedroom back home. One room divided in two, and the rear of the house used for sleeping. First stop was an energy drink shop, but the family is at the pagoda. Next stop, a candle making workshop and then a spring roll wrapper factory.

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Spring Roll Wrapper Factory

I scramble onto the bamboo platform and step cautiously inside (I felt like a giant who might potentially fall through the floor) where we were greeted with much head nodding and smiling as English wasn’t understood. It was so cool!

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Myanmar Village Local

I sure welcomed the fresh air as we chugged back across the river to Yangon. My half day in Dala was the perfect way to get a quick snapshot of life in a small village, and without a doubt one of the best things I did during my visit to Myanmar. 

I’d love to know, is food a big part of your travels? Where is the most exciting place you have ever visited? And what wonderful unplanned adventures have you experienced?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Maria - January 19, 2016 Reply

This sounds really cool! Intense though, I like a good food market as much as the next but this one really doesn’t appeal. Specially not with skeletal dogs lying around.

Lovely pics though 🙂

    Anna - January 19, 2016 Reply

    It was an amazing experience, made even cooler because it was unplanned and I just kinda ended up in this little village in the middle of nowhere.
    I wasnt to pleased with the smells and sights at the market, but it did make me super grateful that I have access to so much awesomeness.
    Thanks for visiting. 🙂

Monica - January 19, 2016 Reply

I visited Myanmar nine years ago and there were very few tourists then. I remember some small market we stopped by one day – a very interesting experience – just like yours.

    Anna - January 19, 2016 Reply

    WOW, lucky you were allowed in to Myanmar then. I was lucky as it was not heavily populated with tourists when I visited, so the experience really was tops. 🙂 It was so interesting and I cannot wait to get back.

Hitch-Hikers Handbook - January 18, 2016 Reply

It’s always great to visit small villages and see life as it really is and not as a travel agent wants you to believe it’s like. I agree, Asian markets can be a bit of a culture shock,but you get used to them 😉 And that spring rolls wrapper “factory” looks fantastic!

    Anna - January 19, 2016 Reply

    It was amazing, and I don’t think a travel agent would ever be able to do a small village like this one justice, so I feel pretty darn special being able to visit with a local and experience the real deal. 🙂 It was a shock to see, especially the spring roll wrapper factory, their hands… I was blown away that they didn’t have blistered all over them.

Kathrin - January 18, 2016 Reply

I’m usually not too fussy with my food but the market indeed looks a bit .. yeah. I wouldn’t really mind for the vegetables and things like that but what about the meat and fish?! However, it’s definitely interesting to wander through a market like that. I was at one in Kenya where they also had all those various little stalls. I wonder if it’s similar – it at least looks a bit like it.

    Anna - January 18, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, I agree, although if the meat is like that, I don’t feel the fruit and vegetables would be the best quality either. The experience as a whole was fascinating to see tho, and if offered something to eat….. I might (big might) just have tried it. 🙂 I have not been to Kenya before, but I would guess the markets are similar.

Yasha Langford - January 17, 2016 Reply

I saw the photo of the ‘chooks’ and immediately checked to see what I already knew – I was reading the words of a fellow Aussie. What a great adventure you had in Myanmar – aren’t the unplanned ones always that way…
And your photos are just excellent.

    Anna - January 18, 2016 Reply

    Myanmar was one of the most incredible, awesome and eye opening experiences of my whole month in south east Asia, I couldn’t get over how the people seemingly lived happily in poverty, yet the pagodas were filled with so much wealth it was blinding to look at. The food for the most part was fresh and tasty, didn’t make me sick either #bonus 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment, glad you enjoyed the post. PS: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

antonette - January 17, 2016 Reply

I love food but since we usually travel to western countries, I don’t really eat out a lot because it’s too expensive. Instead, I cook myself when camping. Markets are great for browsing though and I always go and take a peek whenever I see one!

    Anna - January 17, 2016 Reply

    It’s a shame that the food is so expensive in western countries, like you, I do the cooking myself to cut down on costs. But… I shop at the markets so I can get to experience some of the culture through my food.

Claudia - January 17, 2016 Reply

I like trying new food – to a certain extent. That market does look so… dirty? I don’t know if I like the idea of seeing really skinny dogs sleeping to chicken carcasses. That would have really ended any possible appetite!!

    Anna - January 17, 2016 Reply

    Yep, it was really gross, and kind of upsetting to think that people were eating food from a clearly very unhygienic environment, but then again, their immune systems would be very healthy. It didn’t make me hungry at all, more grateful that I had access to delicious, nutritious and healthy foods.

Sarah Ebner - January 17, 2016 Reply

What an exciting, unusual experience. I can’t imagine what that farmers’ market must have been like! And I learnt from this too – I’d never heard of a trishaw!

    Anna - January 17, 2016 Reply

    It was one of the best days I had whilst travelling in South East Asia, made particularly cool by my mode of transport. Trishaw are not very comfortable, but it beats walking, thats for sure. 🙂

Amélie - January 17, 2016 Reply

Wonderful photos! I was in Myanmar exactly a year to this date and this brings me right back there!

    Anna - January 17, 2016 Reply

    AWESOME! I will have to check out your blog for posts on Myanmar, its such a cool part of the world huh?!

Stefan - January 16, 2016 Reply

Myanmar was such a highlight for us. The Burmese definitely one of the friendliest people we’ve met in Asia – and so charming. Yangon is awesome, whether for street food, the China Town or those cute cafes. WiFi in Myanmar was a massive struggle for us though!

    Anna - January 17, 2016 Reply

    Yes, I totally agree, not at all aggressive people, they welcomed us with open arms and loved being able to share their country with us. I loved the food, particularly the street food. And YES…. we went to a cafe that claimed to have wifi, 1 FB update was 30 minutes of waiting for pages to load and post. Haha! Good thing the drinks were icy cold and delicious while we waited. 🙂

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Indu - May 21, 2015 Reply

Wow! Looks like an amazing adventure girl! I would love to do what you did – make spontaneous visits to different countries and learn about their culture and their food among other things. Realizing how people live in other parts of the world can be such an eye opener for us living in the developed world. I always remind my kids about that and tell them we are fortunate to have so many luxuries which we just take for granted. thank you for sharing your experience!

    Anna - May 21, 2015 Reply

    It was one heck of an amazing adventure Indu, I was surprised I enjoyed the experience as much as I did, as Myanmar was never on my list of places to visit. The culture and food was awesome, I loved seeing how they prepared the food, and the way everyone seemed to eat their meals as families on the street.
    Thanks heaps for stopping by, I really appreciate your thoughtful comment. 🙂

Pamela Brooklyn Farm Girl - May 20, 2015 Reply

What a amazing beautiful journey you went on. The pictures are so bright and colorful and full of spirit. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Anna - May 20, 2015 Reply

    It really was one of the most amazing days, topped all the days I spent in South East Asia. 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed the post Pamela. Hope you’ve been well love. xo

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - May 13, 2015 Reply

What a trip! I had no idea that things were so affordable there. Love the pics and the spontaneous adventure.
You have the most excited touristic life, Anna! Good for you… Enjoy it to the fullest while you are still single! xx

    Anna - May 21, 2015 Reply

    Denise, it was seriously one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. It really is a different world, and it surprised me just how much I enjoyed the experience.

    I guess I am rather blessed to have the amazing experiences I do, and yes, I will absolutely continue to enjoy my life.

    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead sweets. xo

My Inner Chick - May 6, 2015 Reply

—-AMAZING photos.
Thank you for taking us on your journey w/ you, darling Anna.
Your life is FABULOUS & Interesting.

xxx kiss from MN.

    Anna - May 7, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Kim, thank you for being a part of it, I love that I have one of the sassiest ladies around, riding with me. 🙂

    Yeah….. I am totes spoilt with this amazing life I get to live. #grateful

    Squishy hugs across the oceans back at chya. Mwah! xo

Mabel Kwong - May 6, 2015 Reply

What an amazing last shot, Anna. That girl is so cute, and though you must look so out of place to her as a tourist, she smiled for you *melts* 🙂 A smile can be so welcoming, and I’m sure you smiled heaps back at the locals on this half-day visit to this village.

Wonderful set of photos that captures a world so different from Australia. The cramped conditions certainly remind me of certain areas in Malaysia – looks exactly like that and people actually do make a living like this in the hot, hot weather. Goes to show that no matter how hard life is, life goes on if we make the effort to wake up and work each day 🙂

Yes, $4 for a ferry ride to and fro is dirt cheap compared our public transport system here *shakes head* Sounded like the ferry ride was comfortable apart from the gaggle of locals and their possessions on board.

Hope all is well, Miss Anna. I really enjoy your travel posts and you always seem to have so much fun! Big hugs to you and wishing you a good weekend ahead when it rolls around! 🙂 <3

    Anna - May 7, 2015 Reply

    She was the cutest little person I have seen in a really long time. All smiles and very welcoming. I did spend the whole day smiling back at the locals, I must of looked really silly, everything about the day was foreign and so wonderful.

    I was so impressed that even though they lived in pretty bad situations and their working conditions were really bad, they were still so happy and grateful and happy about their lives.

    Thank you for your amazingly thoughtful comment, Miss Mabel. Glad you enjoyed the post. Squishy hugs and a happy weekend to you too. xox

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - May 5, 2015 Reply

What a great adventure – Anna – good on you for getting away from the mainstream and how interesting – I plan my holidays around food:-)

    Anna - May 5, 2015 Reply

    It was, it was, it was. 🙂 I loved getting away from ‘it all’ and experiencing something totally foreign. This one admittedly was a fluke with all the foodie things we did, so it made the whole experience even more awesome.

Raymund - May 5, 2015 Reply

Definitely food for me will always be associated with travel and photography, its one element of travel that makes you learn and embrace the culture of the country you are in. Food tells a lot of stories of the place.

    Anna - May 5, 2015 Reply

    Oh I couldn’t agree more, Raymund. You really can learn a lot preparing and eating the local cuisine, and in this instance, it was fascinating to see the true meaning of paddock to plate. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - May 4, 2015 Reply

Gorgeous post Anna and I love the shots of the chickens and the produce! 😮 You really captured life there so well.

    Anna - May 5, 2015 Reply

    I’m pretty sure I could have taken pictures of anything and it would have turned out wonderfully. Everything about the experience was amazing, glad you enjoyed. 🙂

Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond - May 4, 2015 Reply

What amazing pictures! Loved the one which chickens on his bike! When I was little, growing up in Malaysia, that was a common site until I was about 6. 🙂

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    It really was like stepping into another world. I’ve never seen anything like it before. 🙂
    Your story is amazing, am working my way through your posts. So cool!

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - May 4, 2015 Reply

It all looks like a pretty amazing adventure to me! I don’t think it hurts to have our cozy little lives shook up a bit occasionally – travel and confronting the way the other half lives will always do that!

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    Yep, one of the most shocking I have ever been on, and absolutely the best from that trip. 🙂
    Unbelievable to think people live that way, certainly makes me feel grateful for all the awesome I have in my life.

Krista - May 4, 2015 Reply

What an incredible adventure, luv. So many strange sights and sounds that can’t help but impact you. Thank you for sharing it!!! Such excellent pictures and descriptions. 🙂

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    It sooooo was Krista. It was hands down the best day of my month in Asia. 🙂
    Thanks for enjoying my post, and for the lovely comment. xo

Eileen @ The Food Avenue - May 2, 2015 Reply

Food is a HUGE part of my trips! Thanks for the insightful post about Myanmar. I’ve never been before and it was an interesting read 🙂

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    It was this trip to Myanmar I decided eating street food was absolutely worth a tummy bug or food poisoning, amazing it was. 🙂
    And I thank ya for visiting, glad you enjoyed.

Elizabeth - May 2, 2015 Reply

I think it is really good to do that sort of stuff and realise how fortunate we really are! The some sort of thing happened to me when I visited China…
I love how even that these people are in abject poverty, they are always smiling, happy and always have really clean clothes… We really need to learn from that! That kid it priceless 🙂
I love street food and will give everything ago except bugs… not really a fan of eating bugs 🙂
Liz x

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    Oh yes, that is the one thing that really blew my mind. These people live *in my opinion very shoddy conditions, yet they are so happy, grateful and find a reason to smile. It was brilliant, and a great reminder find gratitude in all that I do and have. 🙂

    Aha! That little girl was the cutest and most adorable little person.

    I too am not big on eating bugs, but I reckon I’d give it a go at least once.

Agness - May 2, 2015 Reply

I didn’t know that Mayanmar had so much to offer in terms of food! I feel like moving there right now!

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    It was an amazing part of the world, very food-centric, it kinda shocked me just how into food they are as a culture, it was everywhere I looked. Mon-Mon said that it was more common that people ate their meals out, which explained the streets lined with families eating at all times of the day.

    Hope you get to Myanmar soon! 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - May 1, 2015 Reply

That market sounds too awful. Travel is all about the food and sites for me 🙂

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    It was really gross, but totally amazing to experience too.
    I am digging your Euro adventures very much, shopping in Paris looked amaze! 🙂

Choc Chip Uru - May 1, 2015 Reply

Your photos are so raw, I really liked reading this post! A little bit of culture shock is almost a good thing, I think, you learn a lot better if it is surprising (psychology haha)
Thanks for sharing your your experiences 😀

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    URU…. How the heck are you lady? It’s great to have you back, I’ve missed you. Big virtual hugs! 🙂

    Psychology 101 with CCU, loves it! And I totally agree about throwing yourself in to a foreign world, the culture shock forces you to look at the whole experience.

    Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

Hotly Spiced - May 1, 2015 Reply

Those chickens! What a way to transport them. The farmers market sounds like a health inspector’s worst nightmare. It is definitely interesting to see cultures that are very different to ours but harrowing also xx

    Anna - May 1, 2015 Reply

    It really was a world so very different than mine, Charlie. Down at the ferry jetty was a fully blown market place with hawkers selling food, it was amazing to see.

    Hah! Yep, the health inspector would freak out seeing how they store and look after their food. A part of me likes that they are not so hung up on that, I bet the allergies are faaaaaaar less than they are in Western cultures.

Gourmet Getaways - April 30, 2015 Reply

Wow, Anna, love the show of culture here. You sure captured a lot! You will make a great fit in the Philippines – it has an eclectic range of lifestyles that may just suit your photographic eye 😉

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    I can’t wait to get to the Philippines, got a couple of foods I really want to try there. And….. Thanks heaps, glad you both enjoyed this post. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - April 30, 2015 Reply

Wow, what an experience… it sounds like you really got under the skin of Dala during your time there… I remember when you were telling me about this a few months ago, but the pictures really bring it home.
Hope you’re having a great week 🙂

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    This was the trip that made me realise I really wanted to see countries like India, Egypt & Africa. Experience cultures that are SO different than my own.

    I am so grateful I had the day in Dala, it was wonderful!

    Hope you are having a wonderful time my friend. Loving your updates, you look like you are having the time of your life. 🙂

Debra - April 30, 2015 Reply

I’m afraid I have a very underutilized “adventure gene,” so I stick to more familiar patterns in my food and travel. But honestly, your trip sounds wonderful and I admire the way you jumped in there and made the most of it–even the parts that were uncomfortable. And your photos are outstanding. I wonder where you’ll go next!

    Anna - May 4, 2015 Reply

    I can totally appreciate that your go too, isn’t the adventurous out there type travel. I kind of fell into an adventure when I was in the States years ago, and really enjoyed it, so I stopped being so structured with my plans from there on in.

    I am most pleased to hear you enjoyed my post, feeling rather chuffed by your thoughtful comment. 🙂

    Next trip is to South Africa to spend some time with my dear friend Mandy, from The Complete Book. #boom

Kris Johnston - April 30, 2015 Reply

Amazing photos, Anna.
All I want to do is travel now.
The Asian markets are an experience to say the least.
Thank you for sharing.

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    Thanks little Nizz. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
    It really was an incredible adventure, and it surprised me that I enjoyed that kind of travel as much as I did.
    You’ll have to tell me about your Asian market experiences.
    Thanks for enjoying. xox

SUSAN - April 30, 2015 Reply

Burma was a huge surprise for me too, incredible wealth with amazing golden Pagodas seemingly on every other corner, the locals all chattering away on mobiles just like anywhere else on earth and yet so much of the infrastructure and way of life seemed to pull you back into another time. Love this post and so jealous you got to zip around in a trishaw though!

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    It really was very foreign huh, Susan. Kind of mind blowing to see all that wealth at the pagodas, and then the opposite end of the scale their houses, they were practically shacks.

    I did miss you on my day adventuring in Dala, the trishaw was kind of uncomfortable, but loads of fun. Such a cool way to get around and experience a different culture.

Liz Posmyk (Good Things) - April 30, 2015 Reply

Wow Anna, amazing photos you’ve captured here… aren’t we so lucky to live in a place where markets don’t stink of rotting meat and swamp! And, yes, food is a huge part of my travels. The most exciting place I’ve ever been? Not sure yet, will let you know when I get back from overseas xoxox

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    We really REALLY are, Lizzy. I couldn’t imagine heading to the CBR farmers markets on the weekend and having to deal with that smell and the flies on the food. Bleh! We are really very blessed.

    Oh I cant wait to see and hear all about the wonderful experiences you have when you are over the seas.

    Happy week ahead lovely. xox

Ala - April 30, 2015 Reply

This was an AWESOME story, Anna – sometimes culture shocks are the best things that can happen to us! I’m especially intrigued by your experience at the farmers’ market; sounds like you had a really eye-opening experience, though. Thanks for the wonderful read!

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    Super pleased to hear you enjoyed, Ala. 🙂

    The whole day was fascinating and foreign and really fun, especially the food markets, they really were just so different to the markets I go to each weekend.

    Hope you have a super week ahead lovely. 🙂

Jeri - April 30, 2015 Reply

What a fantastic trip for you to get to take and the pictures are absolutely fabulous and really set the scene. Also too your description of the farmers market touches on all of the senses and make it so apparent just how different it was than what many of us are used to. Posts like this really capture the heart of a place and make me want to be going on a trip sooner than later.

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps Jeri! 🙂
    And yes, it really was a wonderful experience, everything about their way of life was different than anything I have ever seen before, so I am pleased the post captures it and makes you want to get your travel on too.

cityhippyfarmgirl - April 30, 2015 Reply

You’re so lucky to have done that Anna. And where to next lady?! 🙂

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    I know, it was one amazing day, that’s for sure. 🙂

    Next big adventure…. I plan on spending a couple of weeks in October with Mandy (The Complete Book) in South Africa. I am soooooooo excited!

Sue - April 29, 2015 Reply

What an experience and good for you to grab the opportunity. I likely need to be more flexible to such things when traveling. The photo of the bike with the very ‘fresh’ chickens is astounding!

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    It was amazing, Sue. A total culture shock, but hands down the best day from my entire month in South East Asia. 🙂

    And yes, I would absolutely recommend letting loose and allowing adventures just happen every now and again. I have never regretted it when I do.

hassan - April 29, 2015 Reply

last year، offered me for a foreign trip in a few days but because of my job issues I couldn’t accept .
Is really too. the best trips those trips and camps that unplanned and safe.
Cultural differences in one of the most beautiful parts of each journey.

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    Oh that’s a shame Hassan, which country were you invited to visit? Do you think you will be able to go another time?

    I agree, visiting places that are really foreign and different to your own culture is amazing, Myanmar was probably the most foreign place I have ever visited, and definitely one of the most memorable.

Mandy - April 29, 2015 Reply

Good thing you didn’t visit us in Mauritius and go to the markets in Port Louis and the like!
Have a beautiful day my sweet darling Anna.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    I would have loved to hang out with you kids in Mauritius, I bet it was a wonderful eye opening experience. 🙂
    Wishing you a fab day too my friend. All the love headed across the oceans. xox

Bam's Kitchen - April 29, 2015 Reply

Great post! I love learning about other cultures and when it is not learning the language it is of course all about the food. As strange as it may seem, my son went to Burma on a school trip and they were investigating how social media is getting along. Can you believe with so many poor people who are struggling to get by a large number of them own mobile phones and many are connected to social media? However, what is severely lagging behind is the infrastructure to support networking and connection as you can relate after your visit there. Yes, it is always about the food when I am traveling! I love to visit the markets and cook the local dishes. Have a super week

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    It really was an eye opening experience visiting this village, I was blown away by the people and their gratitude for all that they had (which to me, didn’t look like a lot).

    Yes, many had mobile phones, my trishaw driver was on FB, even the little girl in the last image was tech savvy, she knew how to use my iPhone when I handed it to her, the first application she opened was the camera.

    I don’t think it will be too many more years before Myanmar is all caught up with that infrastructure, it will be interesting to see how the country changes when it is implemented.

    Wishing you a super week ahead too. 🙂

Hannah - April 29, 2015 Reply

How cute is that girl!!!!

Food is a big part of my everything… However the best foods I’ve eaten in Asia have always been on the side of the road with no English translation.

Unplanned adventures are the best! Unless they involve my Mum and a map.

    Anna - April 30, 2015 Reply

    She really was the sweetest little thing, so smiley and happy. This little person made me stop and think about what is important in life, that’s for sure.

    You are so brave eating street food without English translation, what if it was a pony, or a dog, or kitten?!

    Haha…. sounds like a good adventure you had with your Momma and a map. Do tell?

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