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A step back 150 years. There is a US travel advisory for visiting Myanmar (once called Burma). This is due to a military cue that took place in 1988. In 1989 the country name of Burma was changed to Myanmar. The country is governed by a group of military generals called State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). In 1997 the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) changed its name to State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). This new council has stated it will allow democratic public elections to occur but has never followed through with it's pledge. It appears that all the countries' resources have been split up between this group of generals. One has the electricity and fuel consortium, another has the transportation industry, and so on on. The US government does not want tourists to help put money in these despot's pockets. That is all very admirable, but the everyday citizen in this country is in dire need of some type of living. My take on going into Myanmar was to not use the government hotels, transportation and guide service, but to hire within the cities and help the local citizens where ever we could. We hired a driver and a local guide once we reached Yangon (formerly Rangoon) and set about driving throughout the country. Roads are terrible, usually a one lane pot holed, partially paved road throughout the country. We would occasionally come across an incredible wonderful section of highway, but soon realized that the reason was a military base was nearby. With one lane, every kind of transportation is on that lane vying for passage... and the bigger always wins out. Needless to say, it took a long time to get around. It took 14 hours to travel 120 miles. But, you get to see the country and meet the people. We were quite the oddities in most places. We found very poor, but very generous and wonderful people in Myanmar. It is a country I would love to return to. I have only scratched the surface of this incredible place.

Face of Time2 - Myanmar
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Flowers and Fruit - Kalaw, Myanmar
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Fruit Market - Kalaw, Myanmar
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Golden Smile - Yangon, Myanmar
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