Golden days

It really doesn't take much for me to get excited as a photographer - good light and quirky street life bring a smile to my face every time. Having made it to Yangon, Myanmar's capital city, it is difficult to be disappointed.

Yangon is home to the biggest gold-gilded thing most people will ever see - Shwedagon Paya. Watching the light fade over this magnificent 100 metre high stupa is a magical experience and one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Myanmar.

But just as memorable for me have been the little sights, sounds, smells and experiences. Like taking in the diverse architecture from Muslim mosques to colonial buildings, watching someone getting a pedicure sitting outside a construction site, smelling the Indian chapatis frying on the streetside and laughing with the women having a picnic beside the green, mossy water of the lake.

Equally amusing was having my palm read with incredible accuracy then being asked out for a beer by the palm reader..... (I was busy that day), having the train ticket seller, the taxi driver and the hotel reception guys all tell me how beautiful I am (still busy). Myanmar men are definitely good for a girl's self-esteem!

With only a few days left in this wonderful country, I am going to spend five hours tomorrow on a local train to go and visit a big rock. But it's golden and that will make it all worthwhile.

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