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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

U Bein Teak Bridge

I'm not sure this bridge deserves its own posting or all the hype, but I can't resist sharing these photos. We came in the middle of the day and didn't worry about seeing the bridge at sunset but I have to say it was very picturesque and a popular local spot as students use the bridge to get to a University situated at the far end.

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I wore the longyi I had made in the Mandalay market and several women stopped to admire it or to smile and tell me it was good I was wearing it! Unfortunately I don't have the narrow hips that make it so lovely on the Burmese! We were interested to learn that many government positions require workers to wear traditional outfits and that this is partly why the longyi remains so ubiquitous.
Agriculture remains a cornerstone of rural Burma and you see people working hard in the fields all over the country.
We were fascinated by these young boys close to the bridge. They were  fishing with their hands. They stood very still and then drove the water after the fish, when they caught one they tossed it into the boat and started again.
It's a very atmospheric place, particularly if you can avoid the large tour group.