"This is Myanmar" is a saying that people new to Myanmar use often to describe situations that are unique only to this country. Usually said in times of frustration or difficulty, "This is Myanmar" is a statement signifying the point at which there is no more use in trying to understand or change the situation, one simply must let go and roll with it. After the culture shock has worn off "This is Myanmar" can be transformed to a endearing term used to highlight the uniqueness that shines in a country this unusual.
Alisa Blundon | Photographer. Teacher. Traveler
Following my wanderlust I recently relocated to Yangon, Myanmar with the opportunity to teach art at an international school and the hopes of a life-changing experience. Camera in hand I began exploring the streets of the neighborhood that I now called home. With inspiration around every corner, my photography heart was swelling with possibilities. Everything about this place was new, interesting, beautiful, and intriguing; from the people to the sidewalks, the buildings to the produce, the streets to the animals, I wanted to capture everything through my lens.
This is Myanmar Photography are the results of my ongoing exploration into this new world called Myanmar. A country still known to most as Burma, it is bursting at the seems with potential. A country where men still wear traditional longyis and women adorn their faces with thanaka. A country where there are true horse and buggies and an umbrella repair-er is a serious profession. A country with hope and hardship, pride and humbleness, beauty and despair. A country that I now call home.
Alisa lives with her wife Kim, who is a chef, in the city of Yangon, Myanmar. Together they hope to spend their free time traveling, searching for delicious food, and having a grand adventure. To read more about their journey and travels visit Teach.Eat.Travel a site where they have recorded their personal adventures.
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