Author Archives: Varya

Outside Bagan

Imagine driving up a mountainside on a dirt road in an old Toyota minivan in a torrential downpour turning the roadway into a muddy slippery slope – and if you… Read more »

Bagan Moments

After the torrential rain of the previous night, the roads were quite muddy as we went shopping with Su, our cooking teacher, to the covered market in Nyaung Ou to… Read more »

Through Pokkaku

What makes traveling in Asia so enjoyable is the surprise encounters that illuminate a different culture and way of daily life.  It makes you think:  What would my lifestyle look like… Read more »

Cruising Yangon

Our tour truly begins today, although we have already been saturated with enough colors and smells to bring home more than a whiff of Myanmar.  Mary and Michael arrive as… Read more »


We are on the public bus between Grenada and the small mountain town of Ronda.  There are brown hills covered with golden grass and olive trees, rockier than my northern… Read more »