Myanmar is officially known as “The Land of Golden Pagodas.”
From the thousands of temples in the plains of Bagan,
to the magnificent Shwedagon Zedi Daw that is approximately 1,500 years g’old,
there is good reason for it to be known for it’s Golden Pagodas.
But as Aaron John discovered in his travels, it should also be called “The Land of Golden Smiles,” because he saw so many happy smiles on the faces of the Burmese people wherever he went.
From reeling off fin-tastic dried fish,
to pouring tas-tea Burmese tea,
to shelling peanuts with your leg’umes crossed,
to making clothes just as it seams (sew...are you catching on to the pattern?),
to hanging out a-monk-st your friends,
and to transmitting micro-waves in the market,
there’s so many joyful people to observe in Myanmar.
And although the Burmese people are among the poorest people in the globe, they have been consistently ranked the most generous population by the World Giving Index.
Here’s to the people of Myanmar!
Here’s to being content & to finding life’s nirvana...and to feeling good—because after all, it’s Friday!
-the Taaluma Team
Photos by Traveler Aaron John (see more photos from his trip here)
The Middle East is known for its ancient history, vast deserts, and religious roots.
From being caught in the pyramid-dle of history in Cairo, to taking in the Israeli great views of Jerusalem, to resting on the Abu’ndant sands of Abu Dhabi.
It’s been 8 years since the idea for Taaluma Totes was born while on a life-changing trip to Uganda.
Since then, we’ve been able to fund 41 microloans for small business owners living in Uganda.
From Moses, a 24-year-old coffee farmer who used his loan to buy mulch.
Taaluma travelers have had a very gouda time in Holland over the years.
From getting caught in a Holland-daze over the beauty of the land (and to becoming a big fan of the windmills), to discovering the magical world of Nether-Netherland, to having a wheely good time petal-ing around the city.