Burma, Inspire, Photo Friday

Photo Friday…new friends at Shwedagon Pagoda

July 1, 2011

Making friends at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Burma

Okay, so I didn’t take this shot (because I’m in it!) but it’s just too sweet not to share it with you.

After an afternoon spent touring the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda in the Burmese city of Yangon, my friend Alicia and I were sitting in the shade and waiting for the sun to shift and the colours of the pagoda to change.

We were approached by a woman who coaxed us into a photograph with this nun and this gentleman. None of them spoke a word of English, but I assume they were family visiting the nun. She was very sweet and grabbed my hand and held it while her friend took pictures of us.

Meeting us was clearly a special experience for the nun – and it was likewise for Alicia and I! No understandable words were exchanged, but sometimes none need to be.

View more images from my time in Burma/Myanmar on my Flickr stream.

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  • Reply Kris Koeller July 1, 2011 at 3:18 am

    A great shot. I loved this place.

    • Reply MeganRTW July 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Kris. It was pretty amazing – I found it more impressive than the one in Bangkok

  • Reply Andi of My Beautiful Adventures July 2, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Great shot!!!

  • Reply Lauren July 2, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Love the photo and the story behind it!

    • Reply MeganRTW July 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Lauren. It’s not a great photo technically but it was such a great experience I had to share.

  • Reply Heather July 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I love this photo! Everything just pops!!

  • Reply jade July 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    We have several photos like this and I love them all. It’s a special interaction and you are so right- no words are needed. Huge smiles and lots of stories.

  • Reply Gloria Barry January 29, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Love the Burma photos. It brought me memories of my trip over there five years ago
    It was mesmerizing to see the amount of temples in the north plains and the jungles where they mine the jade. There was, in a little village ,a cigar factory where they made cigars with reeds and cow dung!!!!
    Thanks so much for posting your photos and impressions I am really enjoying them!!

    • Reply MeganRTW January 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Gloria – wow, Burma must have been even more different five years ago. I think to even visit now compared to when I went last February so much must have changed. Glad you’re enjoying the posts 🙂

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