Myanmar is officially known as “The Land of Golden Pagodas.”
From the thousands of temples in the plains of Bagan,
to the magnificent Shwedagon Zedi Daw that is approximately 1,500 years g’old,
there is good reason for it to be known for it’s Golden Pagodas.
But as Aaron John discovered in his travels, it should also be called “The Land of Golden Smiles,” because he saw so many happy smiles on the faces of the Burmese people wherever he went.
From reeling off fin-tastic dried fish,
to pouring tas-tea Burmese tea,
to shelling peanuts with your leg’umes crossed,
to making clothes just as it seams (sew...are you catching on to the pattern?),
to hanging out a-monk-st your friends,
and to transmitting micro-waves in the market,
there’s so many joyful people to observe in Myanmar.
And although the Burmese people are among the poorest people in the globe, they have been consistently ranked the most generous population by the World Giving Index.
Here’s to the people of Myanmar!
Here’s to being content & to finding life’s nirvana...and to feeling good—because after all, it’s Friday!
-the Taaluma Team
Photos by Traveler Aaron John (see more photos from his trip here)
Agriculture is the backbone of Myanmar’s economy.
There are lots of farmers in Myanmar who work hard to support themselves, their families, and their villages with jobs and food.
However, many banks don’t offer capital to farmers for them to purchase enough seeds, equipment, or animals to run their farms efficiently. Due to this, farm productivity in Myanmar is one of the lowest in all of Asia.
Traveler Christa hit the Otto-bahn in search of breathtaking sights and awe-inspiring adventure.
"Again we're traveling by our campervan in Germany and our trip led through the Bavarian forest, Elbe sandstone highlands, spree forest, Berlin, and finally to the Harz mountain range.” - Christa Beck