Freshly Seen

Freshly Seen at Jill’s Scene during September

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Woman Reading, Andrew Stevovich

This month on Freshly Seen at Jill’s Scene it’s all about travel;  travel to Myanmar (Burma), in particular. Back in January, in the departuare lounge at Luang Prabang airport, Laos, John and I hatched a plan to make Myanmar our next destination.

A few months have gone by since then. We’ve kept the dream alive checking out blogs, admiring photos, gathering information, and developing ideas. Tentative plans have become more concrete. Our immunisations are up to date. All the antis—antimalarials, antibiotics, antihistamines, and anti-inflamatories—aimed at keeping travel trouble at bay, are in the medicine kit. Yep, I’m ready, nearly. The countdown has begun.

To help with the waiting, for Freshly Seen this month, I’m sharing with you my favourite Mynamar finds.

Travel Gumbo
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember that I’ve written a couple of guest posts over on Travel Gumbo, Off the Beaten Track in Northern Laos summarized the high points of our travels around Northern Laos in January. You could describe Escaping to the Cape, as an ode to my motherland, New Zealand.

Travel Gumbo is a great resource for travellers, with new content every day. It’s my go to place for blogs about travel in Myanmar. This latest, a collection of photos by Grand Escapades of the fisherman at Lake Inle, makes me wish time would hurry up, just a bit.

Without an H
Jon, at Without an H, specialises in photography in SE Asia. Over the last few months I’ve feasted on his posts about Myanmar.  His street photography is legendary amongst WordPress bloggers. He’s been running a series of street photos from Yangon. Check out the most recent: Streets of Yangon III. And he’s shared some spectacular photos of Shwedagon Paya Temple, too. I’m looking forward to seeing this for myself.

Little Yak.
Last, but by no means least, is Jo from Little Yak. Her blog is my most recent find.  Jo tells great travel stories. She’e even been to New Zealand!  Her post Great Ways to Get Around Burma got me excited and, you know, because I’m a timid traveller, a little worried. If you’re wondering why, check out the video clip at the end of her post. The first thing I noticed was the drop to the side of the road—shades of the Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang Road. Lucky we’re doing a lot of travel by train, I thought, until Jo revealed the Burmese Bump!

So, there you have it folks, the three Freshly Seen blogs from my September reading. I reckon they’re guaranteed to get anyone’s feet itchy.

Tell me, what do you think about them?

Who are your favourite bloggers and/or posts?

10 replies »

  1. So when are you going Jill. You are such a gifted writer. I love following your blogs! Pauline

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Myanmar sounds like a wonderful place to visit. What an experience it should be. As for the blogs I love, I follow so many, it’s hard to choose a favorite. But the ability to connect with people from all over the world is amazing.


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