February 27, 2015 in Preaching
I promised that my next preaching post is to be about North Korea, but I happened to have another place to write about first. A place that is also soaked in prejudice and misinformation.
Judge for yourself.
Burma. What comes to your mind immediately?
Quickly. Say it. Yes. I bet I know.
Was it drugs ? Junta ? Rambo 3 ? Aung San Suu Kyi ?
Whatever is your answer, we should dig deeper. We should simply visit Burma. No. We should visit Myanmar, because this is what it is called nowadays.
You are in for lots of surprises. People are super-non-invasively-nice. No, I mean it. They are genuinely the nicest people you will meet. Food is fresh and excellent. No mass tourism yet as in f.ex. Thailand. Yup, the borders are open for 4 years only! It kinda puts what i said above in a context. Yes, indeed. It’s been tough over there. It still is, but the things are changing very rapidly. Lots of investments from many countries is changing this once secluded place into a very vibrant location. There is plenty of things to see and I strongly encourage you to do it right now, ASAP. Before it becomes overcrowded with tourists.
And while we are at it – mind you & lo and behold – while you are after sightseeing and attractions… you may as well become one yourself!
Love traveling. Taste it. Get out. Don’t buy a new car. Don’t buy a house, flat. Don’t get into mortgage, 20 loans, credit card rabbit hole. Don’t feel you deserve anything. Don’t buy stuff you can’t afford. Travel. It’s eye opening, mind blowing and not in a ‘Eat, pray, love’ cliche way. There is no ‘instant conversion’ moment. There is no ‘transition’. Do not expect it. There is more to that & words can’t describe it.
You will know when you start traveling. I takes you out of your comfort zone. It tests your prejudice. It often requires you to smile more often than in your own country. It is a mind-bending exercise. Don’t read about it. Do it.
Some more photos from Yangon: