I took this photo of a man and a woman (with basket) lighting a cigarette on a hill at dawn near Kyaikto in Mon State, Myanmar (Burma). The photo was taken in December 2014.
I recently treated myself to a Silva Expedition 15TDCL compass (this is from the genuine Swedish Silva company and not a cheap version from the American Silva company).
The 15TDCL is a quality mirror spotting compass with magnetic declination adjustment and, as a bonus, incorporates a clinomoter (which I probably won’t use).
OK, I have plenty of electronic gadgets such as GPS units, smart phones and expedition watches which can show me location and/or direction. But I do sometimes miss the feel of paper maps and a traditional magnetic compass. This compass isn’t something I needed, but it was something I wanted. It makes a nice backup too in case the electronics stop working :)
Some more photos of Myanmar from my last trip. They can all be found at http://www.silentnomad.com/images/Photos/Myanmar/
This is a Pinterest board of my photos from January 2014 showing the beauty of Myanmar.
I’ve created a slideshow of my photos from my January 2014 trip to Myanmar (Burma), and have uploaded it to YouTube. These are photos of people in the more well known regions of Myanmar but also of people in the rarely-visited remote regions. I think you will enjoy these!
The original individual photos can be seen at http://www.silentnomad.com/images/Photos/Myanmar/
It was April 2011, just after dusk, and we made our way to a restaurant in central Baghdad along Abu Nawas Street by the River Tigris. This area is well known for serving Iraq’s favourite fish dish…the “mazgouf”.
The restaurant, although having a roof, is open to the elements and was filled with many customers; obviously a popular place.
Having selected our live carp (allegedly from the adjacent Tigris but more probably from a fish farm), the cook removed the fish from the tank and then stunned them with a stick, gutted them by cutting along the back, applied some seasoning, and then impaled them to be slow-grilled next to an open fire of burning fruit tree branches such as from lemon trees and orange trees. What we didn’t realise was that it takes about an hour or so to cook the fish, so we had a lot of time to chat!
Carp are bottom feeders and if they were from the Tigris around Baghdad then I’m not sure that I’d have too many fish dinners; there has just been too much dumped in the river following the recent war. Once I’d got past wondering where the fish came from, I did enjoy the meal. I’m not a real fish eater so I can’t say it was a fantastic meal. It was good for sure but I certainly wasn’t jumping up and down in delight. Many would disagree with me and defend the fish. That’s fine. We all have different tastes, literally!
But the mazgouf is an important dish to the Iraqis and the Iraqi diaspora, and it helps to unite them through social gatherings and reinforce their identity and uniqueness; something that’s very much needed in these trying times.
I was recently reviewing some of my photos from Iraq and found one that I thought deserved to be put online, not living just a number of bits on my hard disc.
I’m not entirely sure what this is but I came across it in northern Iraq whilst heading towards the oil fields.
If you know what it is, please let me know!
Disused boilers at an abandoned whaling station on Deception Island, Antarctica. Photo taken in December 2007.