I am truly delighted and honoured my dear friends I dedicate this award to the humble and sweet people of this troubled but beautiful land ..
I took this picture in 1999 , I travelled to Burma all by myself from Bangkok . only 4 other people were on the plane , the harsh military Junta had caused a boycott by backpackers . However I decided to visit and to only pay local people and avoid the govt run hotels etc . this I did accomplish and as I expected the local people were so friendly to me . because very few tourists visited I found it very hard to find transportation . hence I only saw a few places . Bagan was the highlight and it was stunning to behold .. just a land of deserted temples as far as the eye can see .. horse carts in the dust of the fading sun .. and the evocatively sounding Irriwaddy river as a backdrop .
welcome to Myanmar .. arriving at the airport I had my passport confiscated because I refused to buy the Gov't money . after 30 very sweaty minutes I was grudgingly waved on .. !