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)
I recently traveled to Alaska and have some questions for you.
So if you don’t mind Bering with me, Alaska a few of them…
Did Juneau that the top 10 tallest mountains in the United States are all located in Alaska?
Wikipedia (ahem, my favorite source) defines “pay it forward” as “an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying the kindness to others instead of to the original benefactor.”
In other words, when someone does something nice for you, you do something nice for someone else, sparking an awesome chain reaction of kindness :)