“With only a few steps on Burma, you’ll fall in love with it. You’ll realize you are part of its culture side to side with the locals”
On 2013, I decided to travel to Burma, a country I had heard of and found interesting. It was then I started doing some research about it.
For many years, due to a military dictatorship, the country has been immersed in a delicate political situation. This translates into a repression regimen for the Burmese for a long time. 89% of the Population in Burma are Buddhists.
In 1990, free elections were held for the first time. The democrats, lead by Nobel peace prize Aung San Suu Kyi, overwhelmingly won against the governing military party. Because of these developments, the opposition leaders were arrested and things did not change. Buddhist monks began public demonstrations, and were brutally repressed.
In 2011 the military junta lost the elections and dissolved, allowing democracy to grow roots.
Before traveling to Burma, I found most of the information I collected was out of date. Once there, it was easy to recognize one’s knowledge about the situation of the country to be misplaced. The country’s southern border with Thailand had been opened to tourism and foreigners presence was beginning to be noticeable; not so as in other places though.
During my trip along the north and south of the country, it was easy to feel to be part of the population and it’s culture, you would feel like one of them.
I focused on getting know the rural Burma by moving along the inner towns. I had the opportunity to live very gratifying experiences, best of all; people’s kindness and hospitality.