After leaving Cambodia, my blogging consistency ceased. I will also no longer give the pretense that I am writing in the present. About 50% of my blog posts thus far have been written well after the actual week occurred.
I have broken up our time in Myanmar into two posts, both about 4 weeks long.
In Myanmar, I worked for a mini-grid startup company called Micropower International. In the first 3 weeks of my work, it was just the CEO and I sitting at the same desk in a small office room. He sat at on end of the desk facing one-way, and I sat on the other end of the desk facing the other way. It worked surprisingly well.
Natasha was conducting her own independent research which proved particularly rewarding for her. Over our two months here, she conducted interviews with different organizations, joined me on some of my village surveys, which I will describe in the second post, and did her own field work in the south of Myanmar, which I will also describe in the second post.
Nithya, Natasha’s best friend, was also working in Yangon at the time. We shared an apartment together and got to spend plenty of time together.
We lived a five-minute walk away from Myanmar Plaza, one of the more upscale shopping malls in Yangon. While Tasha and I are not “mall people”, we found ourselves there fairly often, especially me. The food-court was just a little too convenient and I can’t resist some good pho…
Next to Myanmar Plaza is a large reservoir which had a nice western view at sunset. I would often take longer walks along the bank.
The video below shows the entrance to the exhibition.
Here is a random video I took while walking around downtown.
During the end of January, Natasha’s friend Sierra visited us from Hong Kong over Chinese New Year. We visited Bagan, the site of the Burman empire around 1100 AD. The Burman empire was at its peak around the same time as the Khmer empire, which we visited while leaving Cambodia. It is interesting to see how Bagan was different from Angkor and how it reflected cultural differences between the people.
We took a night bus on Thursday night to arrive Friday morning in Bagan for sunrise.
In the town nearby the ruins, they let you rent electric scooters, so we enjoyed two days of scootering around the ruins. It was nice having the autonomy to explore.
The have goats too.
Here is a video of the temples.
We also took a cooking class while in Bagan to learn to cook Myanmar food.
Hopefully, soon I will share photos from our second month in Myanmar, though I may choose to post pictures from our time in Tanzania and Uganda first since we are already in Uganda.