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Willie Weir : November 19th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Nov 19

By good luck and happenstance we are staying a short walk away from the motorcade route from the Yangon airport to the sites President Obama and Hilary Clinton will visit. With a tip from the policemen, we arrive in the morning and join the crowd lining the street as far as the eye could see. […]

Willie Weir : November 18th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Nov 18

Capitalism at work on the streets on Yangon as entrepreneurs quickly embrace the excitement of Obama’s pending visit. I turned this t-shirt on the sidewalk by Bogyoke Market towards the light, only to reveal the begger sitting on the sidewalk just beyond. The great hope and great hardship side-by-side. It’s a hard life in Myanmar […]

Willie Weir : November 17th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Nov 17

All that glitters is not gold. Shwedagon Paya in Yangon is revered as the most holy site in Myanmar and so naturally we headed there our first evening in the city. It certainly rivals the great cathedrals of Europe and it’s a great privilege to be able to visit the site that many of the […]

Willie Weir : November 16th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Nov 16

From atop our hotel rooftop garden Mandalay is beautiful. From the ground, it is a dirty, gritty city. There are pockets of tremendous beauty amongst a vast tangle of muddy streets, open sewers, piles of construction waste with well-aged bits of litter woven through it all. I snapped this photo of an advertisement for beauty […]

Willie Weir : November 15th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Nov 15

Cycling down from the mountain highlands into Mandalay, we passed the roadside flower market. Bushels of chyrsanthemums lined the streets. This driver is getting a giant bundle of flowers strapped to her scooter. She would later pass us, likely en route to a sell outside a temple. -k

From a distance, I was confused. The […]

Willie Weir : November 14th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Nov 14

We spent hours at the Kandawgyi National Gardens – a series of gardens wound through an enormous space – an orchid garden, a swamp walk, pine forest, rock garden, tea garden, euphorbia garden, etc. But it was the bamboo that dazzled. Wow! I wanted to wait for a wind storm to brew up, just so […]