Myanmar's largest city is fascinating. A massive Buddhist pagoda named Shwedagon dominates the skyline. The pagoda is a holy site in Buddhism - it is believed that many sacred relics, including eight strands of the original Buddha's hair are buried underneath the tons and tons of gold that make up the stupa. The vibrant rituals of Buddhism taking place all around make Shwedagon a wonderful place to visit and photograph.
We’re all gonna die! Seriously! So stop wasting time reading about Trump and playing Candy Crush and start living!
"Live every day like it's your last." Sounds like great advice, but it has a major flaw. If today was your last day alive, you'd probably get a bunch of hookers and blow, then party in a hotel room until your heart stopped. (Or maybe that's just me.) But despite the imperfect phrasing of the advice to "live every day like it's your last," the message is solid: one of these days, you're going to wake up for the last time, and that's going to be it. Over. Done. No more life for you. The thought turns the abstract
The Flower Market in Mandalay was as bustling as any other market in Myanmar, but the instead of seeing dried fish and betel nut for sale, all the vendors are slinging beautiful, fresh flowers of all sorts. A photographer I met on the boat from Bagan to Mandalay clued me in on it, and I expected it to be either underwhelming or overrun by tourists. It was neither. In fact, it was one of the highlights of Mandalay, and I didn't come across a single foreigner.