Burma

Cycle(s)

More than 10 years after its publication, I read again the book/comic “The Photographer“, taking place in Afghanistan and particularly in Badakhshan. Strange feeling than to realize that what was a source of amazement and admiration a few years ago is now a source of memories and nostalgia. Working in Afghanistan wasn’t always easy but definitely was a fantastic and rewarding experience. End of a cycle… for now.

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21 February 2015: Bagan, Myanmar/Burma.

Now, with my bags and trunks ready, a new standby started today. New mission in Yemen and already a feeling of frustration not to be there with and for my team. Soon… inch’allah.

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24 February 2015: Mandalay, Myanmar/Burma.

(e)Reading

I’m too occupied, enjoying reading books and articles on my new Kindle Voyager to feel like writing anything.

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19 February 2015: Mandalay Hill, Mandalay, Myanmar/Burma.

For those interested by a Kindle:

Kindle Voyage: Backlight system to read in the dark, great (confortable) display and innovative system to change pages. Highly recommended (although the Paperwhite version is already fantastic)

Calibre: iTunes for books, managing in a few clicks all the books you did not buy on Amazon.

Send to kindle: Easy plugin to automatically send any article to your kindle, directly from your browser.

P.S: Yes, I was struggling to find a subject to write about, to accompany my picture 😉

Evolution

2001: My first flight ever to Southeast Asia is booked and a wave of panic is hitting me, hard, as I am realizing I am about to leave my confort zone. “What am I gonna do if I fall sick, can’t communicate with people or simply don’t feel comfortable, so far from home?”

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24 February 2015: U Bein bridge, next to Mandalay, Myanmar/Burma.

2015: I’m reading at the back of a taxi driving to Bangkok center. My body is relaxing while my mind is getting increasingly excited about the idea of going to my favorite Japanese restaurant in town. While I look outside, checking if the driver is taking the right road, I start thinking of the different places I like in Bangkok and would like to go back to in the coming days. Once again, being here suddenly feels like Home.

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20 February 2015: Mr. Aye Kyaw Htay, vendor in Zegyo Market, Mandalay, Myanmar/Burma.

And while my heartbeat keeps dropping, I wonder how I would have reacted, back then, in 2001, if someone had predicted 2015 to me. A punch in his face, maybe. Or, more certainly, a stronger panic attack… 😉