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Balloons in Bagan photo by Mikhail Wertheim Aymes

As our plane descended, I caught my first glimpse of the famed Bagan temples dotted over the verdant plains of Myanmar. This ancient place rests in arms of mystical mountains, where the Irrawaddy river flows through. Our group had seen some impressive temples in Yangon, but nothing would prepare us

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Tria She is tall, a teenager, listening to her music and cooking vegetables. Her mother is sleeping on the cot in the corner. They share the twenty by twenty room with five other women – all from Africa. It’s clean and there is a fridge and carpets on the floor.

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Dhio The basketball is beyond over-inflated. When I dribble it, it bounces almost above my head. The kid who makes the bags from the discarded life jackets and pieces of boat and I are shooting hoops at Pipka while the Afghanistan girl takes a break from riding in circles on

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Ena The girl is circling around the empty basketball court at Pipka on a bike. She is just going in circles and circles as fast as she can learning how to ride. She has a scarf wrapped around her head. When she stops for water I ask: “Where are you

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At the end of the yoga class, Dino asks all the kids to meditate for two minutes and think of a place where they were happy and safe. They slowly settle into a large circle and then they hold each other hands and it’s quiet. I hear the fathers who

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I never knew Dino before I came here. When I knew him back in Boston, when he was first my friend, his name was Constantine – the name of a nice Greek American boy, which he was. Here in Greece, that’s Constantindos, which is too long, so the Greeks make

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Dino is Greek. He’s not Greek because his mother is Greek though she most certainly is and Dino’s ears still ring from when she screamed and cursed at Dino and his two brothers growing up, with love mind you, but still, the screaming – he can still hear it. And

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Silence in Africa “Are the Maasai happy with the conservancies Maison?” “Oh yes very happy.” Maison and his three brothers have 450 acres in Mara North that they receive rent payments on. One plot was given their father, a former policeman their father was smart enough to buy two more

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I’ve always had a fascination with Burma, or Myanmar as it is now known. It started way back when I first visited the beautiful home, now monument to a legendary silk merchant Jim Thompson in Bangkok, Thailand. His contribution to the silk trade in the region including Burma and unexplained

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The Wild Chase Maison and I are walking through the plain where zebra are eating off to our left and impala to our right and topi are around too and the small Thompson gazelles that look like shrunk down impalas but of course they are not. When I first came