Myanmar is officially known as “The Land of Golden Pagodas.”
From the thousands of temples in the plains of Bagan,
to the magnificent Shwedagon Zedi Daw that is approximately 1,500 years g’old,
there is good reason for it to be known for it’s Golden Pagodas.
But as Aaron John discovered in his travels, it should also be called “The Land of Golden Smiles,” because he saw so many happy smiles on the faces of the Burmese people wherever he went.
From reeling off fin-tastic dried fish,
to pouring tas-tea Burmese tea,
to shelling peanuts with your leg’umes crossed,
to making clothes just as it seams (sew...are you catching on to the pattern?),
to hanging out a-monk-st your friends,
and to transmitting micro-waves in the market,
there’s so many joyful people to observe in Myanmar.
And although the Burmese people are among the poorest people in the globe, they have been consistently ranked the most generous population by the World Giving Index.
Here’s to the people of Myanmar!
Here’s to being content & to finding life’s nirvana...and to feeling good—because after all, it’s Friday!
-the Taaluma Team
Photos by Traveler Aaron John (see more photos from his trip here)
“Bangkok, Thailand is a massive beautiful city that is always busy and filled with tons of people and shopping centers.” - Traveler Austin Romito
From eating the Thai-riffic street food that many say is the best food they’d ever pad,
Traveler Lucy, a self-proclaimed Taalumaniac, lived in Malaysia for a few years when she was a young child.
Now an adult, she returned to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to find her childhood home.
Armed with a handful of memories and unwavering determination, she set out on her quest.