Balloons Over Bagan is not an experience that will leave you feeling deflated (very punny, I know). On Day 3 of our 8 day Myanmar trek, we started early at 5am for our 5:30am bus pickup for a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the “Valley of the Hidden Temples” (as our friend Carlos Gomez described Bagan). We arrived to coffee and cookies and soon got to know the 14 other travelers who would join us with our pilot. It was a large balloon basket – it wasn’t…

Now for a less sexy blog topic (that I wrote and should have posted 2 months ago): immigration into a country. Myanmar was a dream vacation to us, especially after hearing such strong recommendations from friends like Carlos “Valley of the Hidden Temples” Gomez and Matt “Motor Bike Around ” Zedler. There was one potentially significant “barrier to entry” to making this dream a reality though (pardon the pun): Obtaining a Visa. We organized the trip  ~6 weeks in advance (not recommended) and didn’t have time to obtain…

Since we’d done such little detailed research prior to this vacation, we were truly blown away by so many parts of our trip. Shwedagon Pagoda was the first of many times that we would be struck speechless by the beauty in this country.  Myanmar is still in the process of re-building and upgrading the infrastructure needed to handle the rapid growth and increased tourism it’s seen since 2011 (Channel NewsAsia had an informative documentary of this a while ago.  Link for the video is here.).  As such, the…

……So we finally decided to post ALL of the Myanmar photos to Flickr all at once.  Bruce has promised to sort them by Day-of-the-Trip albums, but for now it’s all in one big blob of photos.  We did three rounds of edits to these babies to rotate, crop, adjust and delete but we had almost 3000 photos to start.  I know there is still room for improvement in these that we’ve posted, but hey, we couldn’t wait forever…. We’d already waited for over a month! Plus, all of…

We went to Myanmar (Burma) during Chinese New Year almost a month ago. It’s a long time coming, and here is the awesome video Emily made to showcase this awesome country and our little Burmese adventure: Escape to Myanmar [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU4OeYbKAN0&feature=youtu.be&w=640] More posts with stories and pictures to come…. one day…. And make sure to watch the outtakes at the end! Thanks also to Omar for convincing us to make the movie available on mobile. 🙂