Observations About Myanmar from an Expat

Observations About Myanmar from an Expat

Travel
It has been one year now since I came to Myanmar! What I planned as a three-week adventure has evolved into so much more! So I thought it was time to update this post on my observations about Myanmar. I have gone from being a tourist to an expat.  (Expat is short for expatriate, a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country. I can't remember if I knew or used this word before coming here.)  (more…)
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Cataplexy in a Cathedral

Cataplexy in a Cathedral

Narcolepsy, Personal Story, Travel
Sharing a plate of fried watercress, a heaping dish of tea leaf salad, and a bowl of eggplant curry, I found myself saying more about my chronic illness than I ever expected to disclose on a first encounter. I heard myself explaining things my body does in words I had never strung together verbally before. Maybe it was the second glass of wine, or maybe it was the humid air, the colorful Myanmar decor, and the attentive listener on the other side of the able. He seemed genuinely interested in how a person with narcolepsy had come to travel as a lifestyle choice. (more…)
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Tips for Riding a Sleeper Bus in Vietnam

Tips for Riding a Sleeper Bus in Vietnam

Personal Story, Travel
Before my sleeper bus experience, I had never imagined being asked to take my shoes off as I entered a public bus.  But when you get on an overnight sleeper bus, it makes a lot of sense.  An attendant held out a black plastic bag for me to place my shoes in. I continued barefoot down the aisle to my very own reclined sleeper seat. (more…)
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Myanmar Visa Application

Myanmar Visa Application

Travel
If you are planning to visit Myanmar, it is likely you will need a tourist visa, or Myanmar Social Visa in order to enter the country. Do I need a Myanmar Visa? Don’t get confused by the conflicting information on the internet about this issue. If you are entering the country, you likely need to apply for a visa before you arrive no matter how short your stay. Although [caption id="attachment_752" align="alignright" width="300"] Image by Pexels on Pixabay[/caption] technically they will stamp the visa in your passport at immigration when you arrive, this eVisa processing is required before entering the country. Please do not ignore this as you can be denied entry and required to fly back to wherever you came from. Myanmar Visa from an Embassy You can apply…
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Tips for Traveling With Narcolepsy

Tips for Traveling With Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy, Travel
Don't Travel Tired Do you worry about traveling with narcolepsy? Traveling tired can be dangerous. I feel like I am a smart traveler and pay attention to my surroundings. But once the sleep starts creeping in its easy to start letting my guard down and focus on staying upright.  (more…)
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Đồng Xuân Night Market, Hanoi

Đồng Xuân Night Market, Hanoi

Personal Story, Travel
Visiting markets is one of my favorite things to do when I travel.  Of course I also like to browse grocery stores looking for new and interesting keto friendly foods, but nothing has the same ambiance as a local market.  Hanoi didn’t disappoint! The weekend night market opens at 19:00 (7:00 PM) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and is frequented by both locals and tourists alike. Cultural Experience  The weekend night market runs all along Hang Dao Street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and ends near the entrance of the Dong Xuan Market building.  Near the front of the building, there was a stage with performances of local music.  Both tourists and locals were gathered around the stage trying to get a good view.  Performances vary, I even heard…
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Inspired by Narcolepsy While in Myanmar

Inspired by Narcolepsy While in Myanmar

Personal Story, Travel
I've been inspired by narcolepsy.  It has forced me to change the way I live, move past the trivial, and dive into what is meaningful.  I have spent the last five years traveling and I was inspired to start this blog while visiting Yangon, Myanmar. Why Myanmar? I came here to visit a wonderful friend, and to start a journey through Asia.  I started to realize how amazing it is that even with all that I have been through with Narcolepsy, I'm able to be here today.  Instead of letting my diagnosis drag me down, I've actually become inspired by narcolepsy. I don't want this blog to be about me though. I want it to be about how YOU can also fulfill your dreams. How? I use a myriad of…
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