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U’Bein bridge, Burma

post on U-Bein teak bridge, looking over Taungthaman Lake

U'Bein bridge teak post

Walking across U’Bein bridge, especially during the dry season, can be a precarious experience. We felt this quite literally when I was there with a friend in January 2005, just one month after the catastrophic tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean in December 2004. As we advanced gingerly across the high walkway we felt a sudden slight, but distinct, tremor in the air and beneath our feet. Malgosia and I looked at each other and made a run for the end of the bridge where our taxi driver awaited us, calmly sipping tea and assuring us there was no risk involved and that these tremors were fairly common occurrences. We didn’t wait to see just how common.. Continue reading

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