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Photographer's Note

While my journey through Myanmar was a brilliant succession of moments filled with sheer pleasure, there was also a time that intensity showed its ugly face.

The morning after my arrival in Kalaw, my young 19 year old guide picked me up at the guesthouse for our trekking. Loaded with water, snacks, a toothbrush and my camera I thought I was armed for the experience.

I enjoyed the early morning chill and I was beaming with energy as we started climbing soon after we left the town. It didnt take long before the sun was present in all its remorseless warmth and even before lunchtime, my head was bouncing from the heat, my feet were hardly moving and my breath, well that got lost a long way down the road

When at last we arrived at the house where we would spend the night, I couldnt have been more relieved or exhausted for that matter. As I was slowly regaining my energy with a cup of tea I realized that I had even been too tired to take any photos.

While the lady of the house was cooking the rice for diner, I finally regained my state of being. All of this easier said than done as the fire where they cook on is lit all day and the house one room used for cooking, eating, living and sleeping with one tiny window and door is wrapped in a smoke that takes your breath away and makes your eyes go teary.

It was one of the most intense experiences I lived there and beyond the physical exhaustion; I couldn't have enjoyed it more.
By the time I walked out of the Palaung house the next morning I must have smelled like a smoked delicates...

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