Friday Lens Affair 104

Slow train Thazi Shwenyaung, Myanmar

Today I’m hosting photograph from a slow train Thazi Shwenyaung in  Myanmar by Petra Chappell from The Global Couple Blog, which she runs with Shaun.

New Zealanders who currently reside in Vancouver, Canada but their hearts are in Southeast Asia and they would love to live there someday!

On their travels, they aim to understand and embrace different cultures, histories, customs, foods, and landscapes.

Their blog The Global Couple is a collection of their travel tales, photography, travel tips, road trip itineraries and city guides.

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Picture Story: Slow train Thazi Shwenyaung

This photo was taken in rural Myanmar, near the town of Kalaw in Shan State.

We did a three-day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake, which took us through rice paddies, forests, backyards, cabbage fields, and villages, and finally, we reached Inle Lake.

We slept on the floor of the homes of local families, and we had the opportunity to interact with a number of Burmese people.

I took almost a thousand photos over the three days – the surroundings and the people were beautiful and it was quite frankly a life-changing experience!

It was nearing the end of day one when I took this photo. The final part of the day was walking along train tracks for a couple of hours – it was surprisingly exhausting as you had to look where to put your feet for every step, for fear of tripping over!

Finally, we reached a train station which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere – we were surrounded for miles by farmland and the occasional house.

However, the station was bustling with activity as a train had just pulled in (luckily we weren’t still walking on the tracks!).

People were buying and selling goods left, right, and centre – there were all sorts of vegetables, fruits, woven baskets, flowers, live animals, and dead fish being handed over. It was a photographer’s dream!

I spotted these three women sitting in the train carriage, waiting for the train to leave.

They could not speak English but we smiled at one another and I pointed at my camera to ask if it was alright to take a photo. They nodded and I managed to get this great shot.

The train then whistled, screeched, and slowly rumbled away, and the people at the station disappeared. We continued on towards our accommodation for the night.

Over the course of the next two days, we had more chance encounters like this with the local people. It was fascinating to see first-hand how people in rural Myanmar live, and it made us look at our own lives from a different perspective.

Slow train Thazi Shwenyaung in Myanmar is one of the most scenic train rides in the world. It is about 10h but totally orth it for the views!

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