Burma and Bangkok offer many photo ops, but first, who can resist a cat picture?


These feral cats could live anywhere. In this case, they hang around a Buddhist nunnery in Yangon and are well fed, as you can see.


There are several blocks of street markets in the Chinatown section of Yangon. I like the pattern these long-toed chicken feet make.


I have no clue why this wrestling statue is featured at the waterfront park in Sittwe, Burma (Myanmar).


The King of Thailand died last month and the entire country is observing a month-long period of mourning. There are shrines and memorials all over the city of Bangkok and many people are dressed in black.


This Buddhist monk lives in a beautiful monastery adjacent to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.


The Bangkok Grand Palace is a huge complex full of stunning temples, pagodas and statuary. This fellow is the representation of a demon.


McDonald’s seems to be everywhere, along with Starbuck’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. In Bangkok, Ronald meets customers with the wai gesture, a traditional Thai greeting.

This gesture comes in handy for expressing gratitude, apology and (in my case, since I don’t speak the language) friendliness. So I’m sending you a wai for now from Thailand…until next Monday.



About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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