A Whirlwind Romance
Myanmar is the country you fall into bed with and wake up the next morning thinking “I don’t really know your name, but I think I could stay like this forever.” The initial attraction smacked me in the face the moment the plane circled in for landing. Myanmar is a country of immense, dramatic landscapes: sweeping arid plains, mirror like mountain lakes and vast blue skies. The incredible natural beauty of the country captured my attentions, but it was the people I met along the way who kept them.
Myanmar gets a bad rap, mainly because of a lot of unsavory things done by its government. But not all governments represent their people, and my experiences were overwhelmingly positive. Being able to trust a stranger to carry your bag and not run off it, or a hostel owner to let you use their shower when you aren’t a paying guest creates an amazing feeling of camaraderie that transcends the usual roles of tourist and local and allowed me to make friends with people I would have been wary of speaking to on a trip anywhere else in South East Asia.
Being comfortable to put myself out there not only opened up new friendships, but also new experiences; naps in the back of horse carts, 5 am climbs for sunrise atop an 11th century temple, walking across a floating rice paddy. I could write a million words about Myanmar, but really this post just comes down to one: Go.