Find Yourself in Bagan, Myanmar
It was six in the morning as our hot air balloon magically lifted off from the ground.
It was quiet; the temperature was cool; and the city was calm with its residents just waking up to the sun rising ahead of us. With a blink of an eye, we were afloat in the breezeless air, gradually taller than all surrounding trees, as we continued to rise up, up, and up. With another blink of an eye, we were looking down at the vast flatland of the beautiful city like a bird.
Yet we floated and moved so slowly and smoothly that I felt like time had come to a halt, creating an inviting space for me to ponder without limits.
With thousands of temples and pagodas dating back to the eleventh and twelfth centuries, what have these archaic buildings gone through and witnessed of human civilization?
People around the globe have become more "developed" over the centuries, but have we become happier with our lives? With our complex, fast-paced modern world progressing so quickly, never waiting on anyone to catch up, will we ever feel settled and satisfied with what we have in this very moment?
Looking down on Earth from a different perspective, I suddenly saw life with a different perspective.
Instead of scrambling on this race towards nowhere, what if we stepped aside to live by what truly brings us joy?
To do: Take a hot air balloon ride during sunrise (img 1 & 2); watch sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda; take a horse carriage, bike, or motorcycle ride through local villages; try local Burmese cuisine cooked with local ingredients; take a private boat ride on Irrawaddy River; visit various temples and pagodas around the city, such as Ananda Temple and The Great Painted Cave Temple; enjoy the city view from Aureum Palace Hotel and Viewing Tower (img 3 & 4); and visit local markets for handicrafts and other goods.