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Quarter Festivals in Bagan, Myanmar – By Lydian Shipp

This month I’m constantly reminded of county fair season and the yearly parades that I grew up with in western Nebraska. Of course, there’s the Thadingyut candle festival that takes place ...
Rabies Encounters: On Caring for Random Sick Animals in Developing Nations
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Rabies Encounters: On Caring for Random Sick Animals in Developing Nations

So, I have this problem. It’s a sort of an obsession or a compulsion that has to do with sick animals. If I see one, I always think that I can take it home with me, take care of it and it ...
Bagan, Myanmar: eBikes, Scooters, Tuk Tuks, and Taxis — By Jennifer Shipp
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Bagan, Myanmar: eBikes, Scooters, Tuk Tuks, and Taxis — By Jennifer Shipp

The transportation options in Bagan and in Myanmar are important. In Guanajuato, Mexico, where we’ve lived for the past 3 years, taxis and buses are available, but most of the time we walk ...
Adventures in Burmese — By Jennifer Shipp
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Adventures in Burmese — By Jennifer Shipp

Yesterday was a long day. We’d decided to try to get air conditioning installed in John’s and Naing Naing’s office space, a necessity in a country that hits over 90 degrees+ every day of the ...
Lydian and Naing Naing: In Myanmar — By Jennifer Shipp
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Lydian and Naing Naing: In Myanmar — By Jennifer Shipp

Some stories are like lotus flowers; they bloom in layers with each new set of petals adding a transformative shape to the whole. It’s hard to tell these stories, because they aren’t linear. ...
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Transit Without Visa in Spain as a Myanmar Citizen – By Lydian Shipp

Spain is a major hub for flying to and from Ecuador, Mexico, and other Latin American countries, so when we learned that it’s possible for Myanmar citizens to transit through Spain, we were ...
Bagan, Myanmar: Notes on Learning Burmese…
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Bagan, Myanmar: Notes on Learning Burmese…

So it looks like we’ll be spending quite a lot of time in Myanmar which means that it could be helpful to learn Burmese. The language, so far, has not been totally impossible to learn, at ...
Bagan, Myanmar: Housing and High-Speed Internet — By Jennifer Shipp
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Bagan, Myanmar: Housing and High-Speed Internet — By Jennifer Shipp

During the first two weeks of our time here in Bagan, Myanmar, we needed to find a house to live in, furnish it, get Internet (we hoped for higher speed Internet than what was available at ...
Bagan, Myanmar: The Inner and Outer Realities of Place — By Jennifer Shipp
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Bagan, Myanmar: The Inner and Outer Realities of Place — By Jennifer Shipp

When John and I were here in Bagan, Myanmar in January, before we knew that Lydian was going to fall in love and get married to Naing Naing, we loved it here. There was something about this ...
Trying to Enter El Salvador as a Myanmar Citizen – Lydian Shipp
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Trying to Enter El Salvador as a Myanmar Citizen – Lydian Shipp

We arrived at the El Amatillo border crossing between Honduras and El Salvador after a 12-14 hour bus ride from Managua that had started at 2AM. Tired but hopeful as the bus pulled up to the ...
Transit Without Visa in Barbados as a Myanmar Citizen – Lydian Shipp
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Transit Without Visa in Barbados as a Myanmar Citizen – Lydian Shipp

Barbados allows Myanmar citizens (and citizens of other countries) to transit without visa for 12 hours as long as they stay on the international side of the airport. In the Caribbean, ...
The Full Central America-4 Experience: On Being Turned Away at the Border –By Jennifer Shipp
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The Full Central America-4 Experience: On Being Turned Away at the Border –By Jennifer Shipp

My brother sent me an email that the border crossings in Central America could be difficult for us with the changing Trump dynamics with Mexico otherwise I wouldn’t have known about the ...
How to Get a Guatemala Visa as a Myanmar Citizen – Lydian Shipp
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How to Get a Guatemala Visa as a Myanmar Citizen – Lydian Shipp

Getting a Guatemala visa for Naing Naing, a Myanmar citizen, was straightforward and simple. We applied for the visa at the Guatemala embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We were able to enter ...
Working Toward, “Yes”: Crossing the Most Important Borders
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Working Toward, “Yes”: Crossing the Most Important Borders

Every time I sit down to write about This Journey, I don’t know where to start. There are pragmatic bits that seem really important. Like how Naing Naing, a Burmese citizen with a very weak ...
Hoping for Honduras: Planning a Wedding from Outer Space — By Jennifer Shipp
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Hoping for Honduras: Planning a Wedding from Outer Space — By Jennifer Shipp

The people on remote islands tend to be a bit closed-minded, like people in small, isolated towns in the Great Plains.

But people in bigger cities bumble. They stare at ...
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