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... is started when the girls are 5 or 6 years old.
There are many different accounts of why the Padaung practice this bizzare custom. Their own mythology explains that it is done to prevent tigers from biting them! Others have reported that it is done to make the women unattractive so they are less likely to be captured by slave traders. The most common explanation, though, is the opposite of this — that an extra-long neck is considered a sign of great beauty ...
... as the jungle path was constantly at an incline. We powered on up hills until we were completely out of breath and slid down steep inclines thanks to the rain and leaves everywhere. Luckily the day's three hour trek was predominately undercover by surrounding trees and Lucy and I sustained some great chats throughout, despite our guide constantly being quite far behind us! We were eager to see more and keep walking, but he told us to slow down ...
... can often take up to, what feels like ten minutes but is probably less,
before there is a break in the traffic and you can cross. Pedestrians are
always at the mercy of the traffic and quite rightly accord the motor vehicle a
higher status. Hence, there seems to be very few accidents between walkers and
drivers. Sorry to change the subject but I haven’t seen the sky since I arrived;
I’m sure it’s up there somewhere.
... with photographs.Luckily the brain began to function again and I found the charger in my suitcase. Technology often gets the better of me, which is why I'm writing this blog at the Singapore stage of my trip. All the young travelers now have smart phones and ipads, and internet cafes are harder to find as the need for them lessens.
The next morning Dorothy had to go to immigration to renew her visa and she expected it to take some time. ...
... you take a group of uptight, OCD, nursing students and fly them across the world with questions about schedules, plans, and details unanswered… it can get messy. We all wanted to know who goes where, what happens next, how did you do that? Etc. In Thailand I learned to just be. I was able to have a sense of peace and enjoy myself even more when I figured out that I didn’t need to know everything before it happened. It was a lot more fun when I let go ...
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