Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Kalaw, Myanmar

We are in the Burmese hill country which is much cooler than Bagan (80 degrees).

One interesting thing about Kalaw is that there are a number of Indian and Nepali families here–many who came as scouts or workers with the British army after WWI.

There is a lot of British architecture and two great places to eat. It is a nice town so we are staying here a while.  We are staying at the Golden Kalaw which has a nice view down into the town.  $8 a night.  Sweet.  We have also found some great deals in the market and have met some people from one of the Ruby mines.  Burma is one of the places with the best Rubies and Jade.  More on all this later.  Don’t worry–we weren’t scammed into buying some Rubies.

Tomorrow we are going hiking for two days to a famous viewpoint and to see two caves with paintings on the walls from the Bronze Age (about 6000 years ago).

Francie just beat me in Scrabble by 200 points.  It makes me sad.  I would just go read a book but we have exhausted all the English books we brought with us.  I finished Beloved, Seabiscuit and History of Love on this trip.


April 24, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. After you leave Burma, you need to read an excellent book on Burma and George Orwell. It’s not allowed in Burma. But part of it takes place in Kalaw – if I remember correctly, Orwell was stationed there and there are some colonial remnants there, including a certain number of Burmese of English descent. Amazing book: ‘finding grorge orwell in burma’ by emma larkin

    Comment by jolifanta | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hey, Francie, it’s me, Heidi, from the CDC — I’m the one who had the Samoyed. Just wanted to say that I love this site. Kim McCrea just sent me the link to your adventure blog. You guys are very funny! Keep having fun!

    Comment by Heidi Stahl | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. When will you be in Shanghai? Maybe I can get some books to you for pick up there.

    Comment by kim | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  4. Greg — never mind English books to read — what you need is a dictionary! You are never going to catch Francie in the Scrabble race… Can we send you books? Will you all be stationary long enough to receive an International Fedex package?

    Comment by Roger M | April 29, 2007 | Reply

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