During most of our second month in Myanmar, I conducted surveys in 45 villages across central Myanmar. Most of my pictures are from those visits.
You can see some of the surrounding environment in the video below.
During a rest break, I found an ant hill in a tree!
During our second day, we came across a wedding celebrate where they were making huge amounts of pork.
I even got to try my hand at stirring the pot.
After the first trip, we drove down to Naypyitaw, the national capital, to do two more days of surveys.
We stopped at the market to get some snacks. I put my phone in my pocket to get a video.
The last village we visited had a donated solar minigrid. The water pump didn’t have a regulator so the pump was running all-day, every-day – a poor design choice.
Tasha joined me on the second day of surveys, while Alakesh, my boss, went to a conference in Naypyitaw on minigrids.
There were often narrow crossings as our car shared the road with ox carts.
A view of the fields in between villages.
During our third day of surveys in Pakoku, one of the villages was having a monk induction ceremony where a boy in the village was entering the monastery.
The video shows Myanmar music during the ceremony.
During our fourth day, we crossed many riverbeds.
Tasha was going to southern Myanmar for a week to do field research while I continued doing surveys in central Myanmar. After her field work, Natasha’s aunt Sarah was visiting, and they were going to tour around the country. Even though we had 3 weeks left in Myanmar this weekend would be the last time we were together in Myanmar until the last three days in the country.
On Sunday Tasha headed to Myek in the south and I headed back up north to conduct more surveys around Magway.
Here are several videos of fields.
A video from the pagoda outlook.
A herd of goats!
After a few days reviewing the survey material in the office, I finished my internship with Micropower and headed to a town called Hpa An to do a little touristing with Sarah and Tasha.
A video from the overlook.
A vide inside the caves. Most temples in Myanmar are filled with statues of Buddha.
After walking through the cave, we stopped at a little restaurant in the bottom left corner of the picture above for some refreshments and snacks.
We then took a boat ride back to the entrance.
I took a motorcycle ride to Tasha and Sarah’s hotel to pick up my room key that I forgot in their room. This video below is the ride back into town.
We have surely missed Myanmar since leaving there though it seems more and more likely that we will come back to stay for a longer time.