Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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Burmese Days

Three weeks on the road in Burma, from north to south and back again.

Early mornings and late nights, buses, boats, trishaws, motorbikes, bicycles and planes, virtually non-stop rain and lots of amazing conversations. Hardly a country but very much a state, the land between India and China is many things to different people – I encountered unearthly beauty, unshakable faith, wondrous smiles, totally unhinged fun, quiet poignancy, vociferous anger, incredible injustice and, here and there, hope for a better future.

Burma is like heaven and hell rolled into one uneasy, never boring, continually surprising, usually welcoming and sometimes shocking last frontier in Southeast Asia. I am very lucky to have had the chance to get so close.

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