The Land of Golden Smiles

April 10, 2020

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)




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