One of the first things I noticed when we arrived in Myanmar after leaving behind my beloved Cambodia was how friendly and photogenic the locals are. We met some wonderful characters such as Mr Toe (see below), who started chatting to us in a local pub and with whom we ended up speaking and drinking all night long. He was happy to answer any questions about life in Myanmar past, present, or future, and was just a genuinely warm-hearted, fascinating, and hilarious character who, when he became emotional talking about a number of things, would suddenly change the subject and start talking about Shakira instead. Either way, I learned more about Myanmar speaking to him than I ever could have from any books.
A lot of women we came across wore the traditional thanaka, a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. It is a distinctive feature commonly applied to the face and arms. To most women it is just a form of make-up, but it also protects the skin from sunburn. The people we met were more than happy to pose for photos, much to my delight of course, so the following photos are a selection of the many photos of locals I took during our little break in Myanmar.
Have you been to Myanmar? And if so have you met Mr Toe?