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Amazing Slide Show July 26th - Discover the World of Myanmar - one of the most Mysterious Countries in the World!

From: Jay Reiss, M.
Sent on: Monday, July 9, 2012 8:14 AM

Discover the World of Burma - one of the
most Mysterious Countries in the World!

Come join us on July 26th and
discover the exotic world of Myanmar -
- formerly referred to as “Burma” -

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On July 26th, Global Community Nights member Anna Cummings will present a very special slide show of her trip to this extraordinary culture, home to more than 135 different ethnic groups!
Anna traveled to Myanmar five years ago and toured the country with a former Buddhist monk over a three week period to see dozens of temples and many places “far off the beaten track”.

This is a slide show not to be missed folks!!

Many still refer to this country as Burma which lies between China and India - with the Andaman Sea to the west and bordering Laos and Thailand on the southeast. Traveling in Burma is still restricted - even today - so we’re lucky to get an inside look courtesy of Anna and her two traveling companions!

By coming to this special meetup event, you'll be amazed when you see images of...

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Rangoon, the capital city that is known for its enormous gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda. Known in English as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, this amazing structure is 325 feet high and located in the city of Yangon. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake on a large hill, thus dominating the entire skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within!

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Mandalay - the former capital city is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Located 445 miles north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay has a population of one million people and is the economic hub of Upper Burma and considered the centre of Burmese culture. A continuing influx of Chinese immigrants, mostly from Yunnan Province in the past twenty years, has reshaped the city's ethnic makeup and increased in its commerce with China.

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Inle Lake with its floating villages. The people of Inle Lake (called Intha), some 70,000 of them, live in four cities bordering the lake, in numerous small villages along the lake's shores, and on the lake itself. The population consists predominantly of Intha, with a mix of other Shan, Taungyo, Pa-O (Taungthu), Danu, Kayah, Danaw and Bamar ethnicities. Most are devout Buddhists, and live in simple houses of wood and woven bamboo on stilts; they are largely self-sufficient farmers.

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Bagan with its 2,000 stupas over huge plains, which Anna and her traveling companions saw while riding on horse carts! Everybody gets “stupefied” at Bagan. How many stupas can you hold in your mind at one time? How about more than 2,000 scattered over 26 square miles of open plains the size of Manhattan, popping up like giant mushrooms before your incredulous eyes? Some small, some medium, some huge - with literally thousands of designs, it’s a stupa lover’s paradise!! You’ll never again have to wonder if you’ve communed with enough stupas in your lifetime!
• For Anna’s last week of her journey, she went to Ngapali beach by the Andaman Sea. If you like peace and tranquility and love to visit places "far from the madding crowds”, then Ngapali is the beach for you! Situated near Thandwe (Sandoway), one of the ancient Rakhine (formerly Arakan) towns, Ngapali is said to have been named after Naples Italy by a homesick Italian. It is famous for its natural and unspotted beauty even up to this day. The beach is lined with soft white sand, fringed by coconut palms. Unlike today's beaches of Asia, Ngapali is free of noisy beachside bars, crowded people, and hawkers persuading you to buy their things. There is only the natural scenic beauty of the blue sea, white sand and the lovely sun. And the sea is cobalt blue! Wait till you see Anna's pix!
For this VERY special slide show and dinner event, we’ll be meeting in The Fireplace Room across from the beach on Cabrillo Boulevard at Rusty’s located at 15 East Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. Rusty's is one block south of State Street, right across from the beach. There's a free parking lot behind the restaurant.
This special event is being offered to all Global Community Dinner Nights members free of charge. The meetup will start at 7:00pm when you can meet and greet other group members and socialize with all of us while enjoying something to eat or drink. Anna’s slide show presentation will start promptly at 7:30pm.
Come and experience world traveler Anna Cummings who has lived more lives than a cat! If you're curious about this really exotic country and would like to meet someone who's seen Burma from the inside, please mark your calendar and join us on July 26th! Please feel free to bring guests with you too – all are welcome!

Please RSVP for this special event here:
http://www.meetup.com/GlobalCommunityNights/events/72140252/

See you on July 26th!

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