Walking Home

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Pedestrian.

In February 2017, we visited a makeshift village that had sprung up in the middle of the historic temples in Bagan, Myanmar. While there were occasional motorbikes, most of the villagers traveled as pedestrians to the more developed areas of Bagan where they work and purchase things needed to sustain their simple existence.

We were told that the inhabitants of this village had lived in a different village near the river, but it was completely destroyed by flooding several years ago.  (Possibly this was the heavy annual monsoon plus Cyclone Komen impacting the Irrawaddy River Delta in July 2015.) Fleeing by boat, they rebuilt here. While the villagers seem to be as settled as in any other village we saw, this is an unsanctioned settlement in an historic area. However, they are friendly and accepting, as are all Myanmar people we met.

This photo was taken on February 8, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, 112 mm

Treating the village monk

We passed through a rural village as we walked between sites in the Angkor complex. After passing the largest pig we had ever seen in its wallow (and we’ve seen quite a few pigs recently), we came upon a hut where the village monk was receiving some kind of medical treatment. He was happy to have his picture taken and asked our guide if he would be on Facebook.