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Thursday, April 2, 2015

AtoZBlogChallenge:B is Bagan and Bamboo

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My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so this was a return to Southeast Asia that I looked forward to. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy a bit of what I learned and see some of what I saw.  So here we go. . .




Began Beauty
Bagan is the land of a ten thousand stupas and temples. And I'd call it the Switzerland of Burma. It's immaculate. Signs along the road read, A Non-Plastic Bag Area. And, for the most part, it is. 
Some Stupas of Bagan

Bamboo sprouts everywhere in Burma and at an alarming rate. It can grow 2-3' in a single day. See how it shot up just while Wyn was telling us how fast bamboo grows.



My guide, Wyn, is telling how fast this stuff grows.


Rule #1 never plant bamboo in your garden. 


Answers to A: What do you know about Aung San Suu Kyi

T 1. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. 
T 2. She lived under house arrest from 1989 to 2010.

NOW what do you know about Began, Burma?

T/F 1. Began is a landlocked city in the middle of Burma.
T/F 2. Began was founded in 1942. 
Answers tomorrow. :-)


Something that just came up yesterday!!!! Crystal Kites are now open around the U.S. SCBWI Golden Kite Award. If you're a member, you can vote now. Good gravy, what a time for this to happen. 

57 comments:

  1. Congratulations!
    That is a lot of temples in one place.
    And Bagan is not to be confused with Bagend from The Hobbit...

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  2. I know nothing about Bagan... except that it looks stunning from your pics... So I'm gonna have to totally make logical guesses at both questions: Probably true... Definitely false?
    Wendy at Wendy of The Rock

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  3. Congratulations on the nomination! It's fun learning about another country and culture. Love the photos.

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  4. Three feet in one day? That is amazing. It sounds like kudzu.

    Congrats on the nomination.

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  5. Congrats... and cool place.

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There's no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

    HOLLYWOOD NUTS!
    Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

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  6. I knew bamboo could grow fast, but not THAT fast! I'm going to enjoy learning about Burma.

    Congratulations on the nomination, Lee!!!!!

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  7. Looks a beautiful place. I HATE bamboo. Our neighbours planted it in there back garden and so it's constantly invading ours!
    Congratulations on the nomination!

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  8. Looks a beautiful place. I HATE bamboo. Our neighbours planted it in there back garden and so it's constantly invading ours!
    Congratulations on the nomination!

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  9. Wow. Look at the gorgeous stupas. And I had no idea bamboo could grow so fast. Yikes! Congratulations, Lee. :)

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  10. I would love to visit there. And we have a big bamboo tree in our yard.

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  11. A friend has bamboo in their garden - they cut it back, it sprouts high again!

    Bagan looks beautiful.

    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
    FB3X
    Wittegen Press

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  12. Beautiful photographs and lovely description. Myanmar goes on my 'must visit' list

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  13. Those stupas are beautiful and Bagan looks like an amazing place. I seem to remember Mythbusters doing a test on Bamboo to see if the myth it can be used as a torture and execution device because of the speed it grows was true and it came back plausible.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  14. My mother-in-law made the mistake of planting bamboo next to their house all along the property line. By the time she moved out 30 years later it was invading her house, and under the porch. They even cut it back periodically but it is quite invasive.

    Happy A to Z'ing!

    Morgan,
    Playing with Words
    A Poet's Kitchen
    StoryDam

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  15. What a beautiful place. Those structures are gorgeous! Thanks for the lesson!!

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  16. Hi Lee - the Bagan area looks incredible and I love the idea of plastic-bag free zone ...

    While bamboo is awful .. and grows underground too - so pops up everywhere ..

    Definitely landlocked and must pre-date 1942 - I'd have thought! Cheers Hilary

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  17. I've heard about the bamboo thing :D
    looks gorgeous though :D

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  18. The stupas and temples decorate the land. Won't be planting bamboo unless I have space.

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  19. Very cool.
    My in-laws have bamboo growing in their yard. It's cool because I had never seen it outside of a zoo before.

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  20. Thanks for commenting on my post! I'm happy to discover your blog, because I LOVE traveling and am obsessed with Asia in particular. I haven't made it to Burma yet, but a close friend went last year, while I visited China, Bali, and Lombok.

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of your posts! And I love your initial landing page...so cute.

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  21. Read Alex's comment. I thought of Bagend, too! Funny. Good luck on the Golden Kite. It reminded me that I want to check out your book. I'm a huge fan of YA!
    Play off the Page

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  22. Oh my! Bagan looks magical. I would love to see those temples.

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  23. Oh my! Bagan looks magical. I would love to see those temples.

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  24. Wow Bagan looks unbelievably beautiful and so serene. I'd love to visit there. I didn't know you used to live in Laos. How interesting. I've never been to that part of the world but maybe someday.
    Congratulations on the nomination and best of luck! I'd vote if I could but since I can't I will keep my fingers crossed!

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  25. Bamboo forests are pretty, but I wouldn't start one in my garden. And the temples are so beautiful!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

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  26. Living in Laos must have been fascinating. Bagan is beautiful and I'm enjoying this travelogue immensely Looking forward to the next stop. ☺ Good luck with the award.

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  27. The landscape looks so exotic. Very much wanted to cross the border to see in 1995, while visiting Chang Rai, Thailand....but border was blocked due to civil war at time. When did you live in Laos? I lived in Malaysia 9 months (95-96).
    Good luck with the award!! I recently saw your book listed in SCBWI bulletin and wondered. You have my vote, Lee!

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    1. Ok....just learned you have to be in same region to vote. (I'm in West). Would vote if I could!

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  28. It looks like those temples just sprouted up from the ground. Or someone dropped them. 1 T, 2 F.

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  29. I will never think of Bamboo in the same way ever again :|

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  30. I would love to go there someday. Heck, I'll go most places. :)

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  31. Thanks for sharing. Never knew bamboo grows fast.

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  32. bamboo is so invasive! I love the stupas they are so impressive.

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    1. oops hit enter.... there is an "American Bamboo" that is just as invasive... we had a miserable time trying to keep it under control behind our house.

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  33. Those stupas are really cool. What were you doing in Laos? That must have been fascinating!

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  34. Hmm.. my brother is in the process of planting bamboo -- with elaborate measures to keep it isolated!

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  35. It's so cool that Bagan has so many stupas and temples! I imagine it must be an interesting place to visit. Reading your blog today has me thinking of a Bamboo plant that I once received as a gift and it didn't last very long, as I wasn't sure how to properly take care of it, despite it coming with a card listed with instructions. I had high hopes for that plant so I was disappointed when it withered away....and stunk like a fox too, lol.

    ~Nicole
    #AtoZChallenge Co-Host
    The Madlab Post

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  36. Awesome! I lived in Thailand for 3 years and fell in love with that part of the world!!!

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  37. What a gorgeous place! Absolutely breathtaking!

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  38. Wow, never knew it grew that fast. That sure looks like a wonderful spot indeed

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  39. I love that part of the world, but I've never heard of Bagan. I enjoyed the photos . I'm a big traveler and love learning about interesting places.

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  40. Yes, the images of Began are distinctive and looks like such a beautiful place to visit!
    Dan Brown A-Z

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  41. This looks like a fun topic! Love travel themes. Met you via #azchat on twitter today. Maui Jungalow

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  42. I planted two large bamboo plants in my front yard a few months back. They are gorgeous, and it really is fun to watch them grow.

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  43. It is so beautiful to see all those temples. My friend saw them a year ago. he was humbled by its majesty. Well I got 1 right from yesterday. So I will say False to the first and true to the 2nd-I feel very brain cell empty

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  44. I guessed true for both about Aung. But I'm still hoping she's able to be to her people what she needs through another option.

    Bagan looks uniquely beautiful with the stupas and temples :-)

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  45. My parents visited Burma last year and loved it (Bagan was one of the places they raved about)! I can't wait to read more!

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  46. I love the structures!!! Like oversized huts

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  47. Congratulations!
    I've never heard of the Bagans...it's a new one for me.
    I did know the bamboo grew like a crazy weed.

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  48. The "Began Beauty" photo is stunning! What an amazing journey you must have had. Also, your bamboo tip is genius. Not a lot of people know how invasive and hard to get rid of it is ;)

    You can find me here:
    ClarabelleRant;

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  49. Love your quiz idea at the end of the post. Began is beautiful, and somewhere I would love to see someday. in the meantime I am enjoying your photos.

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  50. Popped in to wish you luck with the challenge. Your pictures are very good by the way and good luck with the award votes, You deserve one. Blessings from South Africa, Geoff.

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  51. "the land of a ten thousand stupas and temples" and gorgeous too!
    Great pics, Lee!

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