Hard Travel to Sacred Places

Part TwoRudolph Wurlitzer

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This is the second of two excerpts adapted from a book of the same name, to be published in the fall by Shambhala Publications. The book takes the form of a journal written while the author was on pilgrimage with his wife, the photographer Lynn Davis. They took the journey six months after the death of Lynn's twenty-one-year-old son, Ayrev. The first installement featured extracts of their travels in Thailand. This, the last excerpt, finds them in Burma and Cambodia.


Burma

This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.
—Rudyard Kipling

The next morning we take the flight to Bangkok, and then the hour flight to Rangoon, or Yangon, as it's now called, the capital of the amazingly odd and oppressive country of Myanmar, which was formerly Burma.

Even in the airplane we go through a time change. Everyone looks grim and shabby. The service is nonexistent, the plane old and decrepit.

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