Nashville Baby

Amazing live music blaring out of every single bar at any hour of any day. What’s more to love? But when you combine that with the best vegetarian restaurant I have ever been to (literally the reason I decided to fly into Nashville over any other Tennessee city), a lively food, drink and dance culture, …

Land of Pagodas

Most people when they think of Myanmar (or Burma) will picture a postcard image featuring a dozen or more hot air balloons dancing over the sky of thousands of pagodas. This is Bagan. The archaeological area is home to 2000 Buddhist pagodas founded in the mid-to-late 9th century. Unfortunately we were off-season for the hot …

On the Road to Mandalay

There are very few things that will get me out of bed before the sun has risen (flights and getting paid are the main ones) but an opportunity to see a 4am daily ritual where the most senior monk washes the face and brushes the teeth of a giant gold leaf Buddha statue followed by …

Shwedagon Pagoda

I’ve been told the Shwedagon Pagoda has enough gold in it to wipe Myanmar of its debt. I’ve never understood and always been fiercely against the opulence of religious buildings and while I’m no expert on theology I know enough about Buddhism to understand that this opulence stands in direct contradiction to the denouncement of …

Circular Train Journey

The terms ‘sightseeing’ and ‘relaxing’ are not often seen in the same sentence but I discovered the perfect way to do both at the same time. The 3 hour circular train route in Yangon takes you on a large loop through the city offering a unique and fascinating view of local life. The train carriages …

Big City Rural Living

This morning started just like a joke, with an Irishman in a bar. Owing to a spontaneous message from an old work colleague I was sitting in a bar by 9am on my first full day in Myanmar drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette with a man I had just met. Cameras by our …

Life on the Rainy Streets of Yangon

Wow! What a country to photograph. Myanmar (formerly Burma) quickly climbed the ranks to rival Vietnam as my favourite country to photograph which is probably no surprise given I’m a culture shock junkie and Myanmar only opened it’s doors to tourism very recently. I got such good street photography results there that I’m splitting the …