across the flood plains we travel under morning sun fording the ayeyarwady along the ava bridge spy the hundred spires of sagaing hill golden & spiraling unto heaven wind up into the sacred hillsides ascending the thousand barefoot steps one by one a sea of dust & haze lain before us patchwork of sunburnt rice … More Sagaing Hill, Myanmar 2/14/2017
bells & whistles out my window dogs barking on the street horns of mopeds horns of pick-up taxicabs loudspeaker advertising some kind of thing dust of mandalay kicks up into the atmosphere see it choking and hazing high overhead sun slips down towards the ayeyarwady filling the city with her golden wash drying the … More 2/13/2017 part 2 Mandalay, Myanmar
take the boat up river along the ayeyarwady claptrap houseboats, ferries, & tugs ladies washing laundry along the muddy banks smacking magenta dresses with teak logs grinding out the soot a shantytown along the river stilt houes, tractors, trucks bags of rice loaded in a chorus line from back of flatbed to awaiting barge … More 2/13/2017 Mingun, Myanmar
the mandalay – lashio road is a hard road indeed dust a-plenty zig zag hillocks concrete chewed & eaten with tractor trailer teeth by the hour mopeds mopeds as far as the eye can see singles doubles triples babies catnapping in their mother’s arms riding side saddle spitting betel-juice cars, taxis, station wagons bicycles … More 2/12/2017 Lashio Road, Myanmar
we ride with suu chi & model all over town pyin oo lwin up over & down horsecarts horsecarts white blue & black they takes us to temple they takes us all back . . .
pyin oo lwin rochester’s twin or maybe granada, phonosavan, yelm or somewhat batambang-ish? we walk the streets into roadside restaurants with dogs underfoot unlimited bowls of curries & side dishes to feast upon back forth to our local mart for individual packs of shampoo bags of chips cans of chang through the narrow lanes … More 2/10/2017 part 2 Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
zooming along somewhere between kyaukme & pyin oo lwin trucks & busses roadside stands traffic backs up at some halfway river crossing fields of green either side teak houses monasteries temples stupas & dust cranberries kick in to zombie chorus nineteen nineties scottish grunge rawk supreme while mandalay cabbie sings joyfully along superritmo reggaeton kicks … More 2/10/2017 Kyaukme, Myanmar