Shwedagon Pagoda is a 322-foot tall solid structure plated in gold with a jewel encrusted topper and has to be one of the world's most underrated monuments. How had I never heard of this thing before?

I had managed to post pretty consistently after returning from my Christmas break in the US. OK, sure, it was only for 5 weeks, but that’s something when I used to go months without posting. And then I go two and a half weeks without posting. But with good reason.

I just returned from a week in Myanmar where I spent my Chinese New Year break. The place could not be more different from China. When people ask about it, I just keep repeating the mantra: The people were nice, the weather was hot,  the food was good and cheap, it wasn’t polluted.

 Now, all those things may make me sound like I’m putting down China. The fact that the Myanmar doesn’t move at the same frenetic pace I’m sure would bore me after a while. Similarly, the country’s largest city, Yangon, shuts down at like 10 or 11 at night. Shanghai runs 24 hours, way more so than even New York City. It was a good change of pace though.

Well, I’m back in China again where the people are (generally) rude, the weather is abysmal, the food is good and (slightly less cheap) and it’s more polluted than the spirit of a  no-good Western capitalist. I’m working on writing a few more substantive pieces about Myanmar. Odds are I won’t be able to post anything about them yet this month, but sometime in March for sure. Between now and then, I’ll surely have a few photos and maybe a CER clip or two. Stay tuned.

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