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Transcript of Dream Vacation
by: Caitlin Caillier Finding my way... My Dream Vacation... Where? Currency $: Myanmar uses Kyats (pronounced more like “chets”) What? The journey to find myself... “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu Getting back to basics. To burst the bubble
Put away the technology “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins in Myanmar. Find myself
New appreciation for life Reason for this inspiring journey... "They call it Myanmar" is a documentary about the everyday life in Burma, an isolated country that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years. A documentary... A time of change... An intriguing kindness. The place's I hope to visit:
Bagan WHO? Me, myself and I. How? Why? When? Since I'll be graduating this year, I thought it'd be an amazing opportunity to travel... Bagan Yangon Inle Lake The pagoda is crowned by a single fist sized 76 carat diamond.
Pagoda proud monks guide you with pin point precision to the best vantage points to capture the diamond in its many colours. The Golden Shwedagon
Pagoda, Burma Shwedagon Pagoda Inle Lake
Mandalay Mandalay Taking a tour of the Big Four: Mandalay is home to 60% of Burma’s estimated 500,000 monks. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber Mandalay Fort Wall I've budgeted $35.00 a day which roughly includes all your transportation, food, accommodation (hostels), and visiting of certain temples/attractions. Roughly Estimated costs... Myanmar Also known as Burma, Southeast Asia Reasons for this experience: The peak season for tourism in Myanmar is November to February, because the weather is more tolerable in terms of heat and rain. I would plan to go at the end of the season- January and February 2014, so I could be miss the snow! Accommodation, Transportation, and of course- the Food. “Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It's the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist.” -― Mia Kirshner “to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert Golden Smiles Inn, Yangon Average accommodation is US $13/night
Average food costs are $2-5/meal
Average attractions are $5-10/per Breakdown of expenses: I'd like to travel for a two months, to allow for no less than 10 days in each location - plus time for transportation and changes that may occur. See the world
Take myself out of the bubble
Immerse myself a culture that is unlike my own “A wise man travels to discover himself.”
- James Russell Lowell Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. -Buddha I would like to visit some of the various tribes that live along the 22km long shallow lake. “It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”
-Nicholas Sparks Take me to the water... For how long...? I want to see true beauty, kindness, and culture... In Myanmar, my dream vacation of January 2014.