Mustachio Bashio (Mandalay, Burma)

Secret Police – Fu Manchu – The performance – Sobering facts – American Democracy There was only one thing I wanted to see in Mandalay – the Mustache Brothers Comedy Troupe.  On my second night in town I went to go see their famous nightly performance, and I am still not sure what to think … Continue reading

Great Expectations (The Journey to Mandalay, Burma)

Mandalay – The Janky Bus – Ford the River! – My Fear of Monks – Suffering – Riding on the Roof Mandalay was disgusting.  I was utterly disappointed.  I made a vow to myself to never expect anything from a city ever again.  From now on, I would expect every city to be horrible so … Continue reading

Machine Guns and Opium (Shan State, Burma)

History of Shan State – The Land of Poppies – Inle Lake – Travel Philosophy Burma.  This is the name political activists use to refer to this country.  The military junta (SLORC) calls it Myanmar, claiming that Burma is a vestige of colonialism.  Oddly, enough they are correct. Burma comes from an English mispronunciation of … Continue reading