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the world by Cyrus

Came home from Burma to visit my family in Iowa for a quick minute. And realized about 2000 Karen and Karenni refugees live in neighboring Waterloo. Traditional rice wine was replaced with E&J and Manischewitz, but otherwise yesterday's Karenni New Year celebration made me feel like I never left Burma. #myanmar #burma #travel #portrait #karen #karenni #catholic #manischewitz #iowa #home

Came home from Burma to visit my family in Iowa for a minute. And realized that about 2,000 Karen and Karenni refugees live in neighboring Waterloo.  They traveled there to work in the meat packing plant in town after years in refugee camps in Thailand. 

Rice wine was replaced with E&J and Manischewitz, and there was snow on the ground, but otherwise yesterday's Karenni New Year celebration made me feel like I never left Burma.  

Road DOGES by Cyrus

  We just motorbiked across a significant portion of this fine country in search of music.  Included --3 wipeouts, 8 repairs, stays with Hindus in the center of the country, Buddhists in the contested territories of Kayin state, and several Catholic Churches on our 4-day hell ride through the mountains between Taungoo and Loikow.  I'll write about it soon, but here are some shots (with real-time captions) we posted to our instagram page -- @rawmusicintl.

Credit: Jacob Russell
Credit: Jacob Russell

Betsy and Matilda, our hapless bikes, right before things got real rough.

Drank and billiards by Cyrus

#RawMusic Myanmar motorcycle trip continues. Stopping in villages and asking, through hand gestures and extremely limited language, if anyone around plays music. Some success. A lot of sitting around watching people do their thing. A Kayin village near the border with Bago region. #burma #myanmar #travel #moto #billiards #everydayasia

Our Burma moto trip continues.  At this point we're just stopping in villages and asking, through a series of increasingly desperate grunts and hand gestures, if anyone around plays music. Some limited success. A lot of sitting around watching people do their thing. A Karen village near the border with Bago region.