Doug Burnett Travel Articles

 
Shiraz – Saturday April 17
I took the morning off and read in my room after breakfast. About 9:30 I got restless and I headed out to visit some of the mosques I wanted to see. They were located in and around the bazaar. I had a great morning and found all of the places I was looking for. The […]
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Getting Around in Iran
The night I first arrived in Tehran I was met by a guy from the travel agency. He was holding a little sign with my name on it. He said, “Welcome. Come over here, I have something to show you.” He led me away from the throng to the far side of the arrival hall. […]
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Myanmar 2001: Mingun
Mingun – Saturday, February 17 When I stepped out in the morning, Mg Aye Lay was waiting for me. Our first stop was the pharmacy – again. I was making some kind of strange progress with my cold: the running nose was gone and now I had a cough. This being my third visit, the […]
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Myanmar 2001: Mandalay
Mandalay – Thursday, February 15 To my great disappointment, I awoke with a sore throat. Usually if I’m going to get a respiratory infection, it happens just after I arrive or when I first get home. I have always blamed this on the hours spent in the poorly circulated air of a crowded plane. Anyway, […]
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Myanmar 2001: Bago
Bago – Sunday, February 11 At 8:00am my driver Jeffery arrived. He was a tall, handsome man in his early 30’s who spoke English with a thick Indian accent. He wore a crisp, white shirt and a dark, plaid longyi, the skirt-like affair that Burmese men wear instead of trousers. We were going to Bago, […]
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Myanmar 2001: Bagan
Bagan – Monday, February 12 At 5:00 in the morning I left for the airport. The hotel’s regular driver hadn’t arrived yet so the doorman walked out into the dark street to look for a taxi. He had to go down to the first major intersection, but finally he found one. As I hopped in […]
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Myanmar 2001
Travelogue Dates February 10th: Yangon The single most striking sight in Yangon – and perhaps all of Myanmar – is the Shwedagon Paya. February 11th: Bago From this vantage point of Shwemawdaw Paya it seemed that every hill top within sight was covered with additional payas. February 12th: Bagan Two things about horse transportation: first, […]
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Myanmar 2001: Yangon
Yangon – Monday, February 19 I took a trishaw to the Botatung Paya after breakfast. As I was walking around a guy stepped out of a little shop and called me over. The sign above his door said he was a fortuneteller. I had actually thought it might be interesting to visit one of these […]
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Myanmar 2001: The mechanics of a trip to Myanmar
1 US dollar = 450 Kyat Boring but Necessary The mechanics of a trip to Myanmar: visas, hotels and travel agents The first step was getting a visa. I called the Myanmar Embassy in Washington D.C. and they gave me the URL of their web site (which has since closed) where I downloaded a copy […]
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Myanmar 2001: The Ancient Cities
Amarapura, Sagaing, Inwa – Friday, February 16 In the morning I found my sore throat had changed into a runny nose, so I walked back to the pharmacy and bought some antihistamine. Well, at least my throat felt better. When I got back there was a guy waiting for me in the lobby – my […]
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