It could be worse…

…you could be working in the construction industry in Myanmar. On May 3rd, a Sunday and the day before we got Mabel, the house directly behind us started getting torn down. Houses are built right up to the edge of the land here so this house is about 3 feet away from ours. At first they started removing the tiles from the roof and then wooden beams etc. We then started seeing them hammering away at the floor they were literally standing on with sledge hammers.

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Santa in Sri Lanka

We decided to spend our luxurious three week 2019 Christmas break in Sri Lanka. I had been there years before in about 2000 but not since. I remember the great birds, some great sites but terrible food. On that trip there was a week long part on the beach but this time we did no such thing travelling around the whole time. Like with our trip to Laos we probably packed a bit too much in but thoroughly enjoyed it regardless.

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Birds of Yangon

The audience for this post is not really our regular audience so feel free to give this one a miss.  If however, you are interested in the birds of Yangon then I hope this will be useful.  What follows is not an exhaustive list of every bird but simply every bird I have been able to identify so far.  I will try to keep it updated with new photos that I have taken and new birds as I discover them.  For birders more expert than me (which is just about anyone) feel free to comment with corrections and missing species.

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Birthdays & other things

The other day a friend of ours, Liz, treated me to a birthday extravaganza. This was literally months in the planning which was done with Lindsey. Two other friends of ours went along for the ride initially but had no idea of the plans. The first step was a crossword puzzle which when completed had to be viewed with a black light to reveal our first destination. Liz hired a driver for the day which is a new feature on Grab (the Asian version of Uber). You basically pay by the hour and can have a decent size and quality of car. You literally order a driver for 8 hours or so minutes before you need them, quite amazing.

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Yangon by bike…

That should be ‘Yangon by e-bike’.  Last year in October we rented e-bikes at Ankor Wat in Cambodia.  They were fairly low powered and ideally had to be charged during the day to keep them going well.  We both loved riding around on them and Cambodian driving though seemingly nuts is actually quite calm so it was a great experience. Continue reading “Yangon by bike…”

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