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Cat Tales: January 2012

Posted on 31 January 2012 by brett

The Journey Begins - 1/1/12

The Journey Begins - 1/1/12

We started our Southeast Asia journey with mixed emotions. We felt both excitement and anxiety for the unknown in terms of daily living conditions away from the familiar comforts of home. One main focus has been maintaining our good health. Both of us hit a snag towards the end of January, but we now head into February strong and geared for the charm and adventure of Cambodia and Vietnam! Continue Reading

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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Posted on 27 January 2012 by brett

Near Mahamuni Pagoda

We arrived at Mandalay airport from Bagan ($46/flight) around 9am amidst pure chaos dealing with bags and transportation. Forget baggage claim, your bags just appear in the hands of the baggage boys from the runway. Luckily, we had purchased a taxi transfer while staying in Bagan. It cost 8000 kyat ($10) vs. maybe double locally. The airport is way out from the city center, a 40 minute ride to the Royal City hotel ($30/night) near the palace. We read that Mandalay was more modern than Yangon hearing things like the palace had been rebuilt since the British invasion. In reality, the confusion left by King Thibaw’s ouster on November 28th 1885 still exists today. Late 19th century Burma had a population around 5 million. Continue Reading

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