thevmilko Wrapping myself up in my traditional Kachin-print scarf today has me thinking back to warmer times and faraway stories. Looking forward to wrapping up the last of these edits and the words that go with them this week. 1d

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thevmilko I've started learning video production and couldn't be more happy/maddened/excited to start working on more projects.
Here is a still from the quick shoot I did with local artist @marcellakriebel yesterday at her studio @monroestmarket.
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thevmilko Walks of life.

I'm back home after over half a month in Myanmar. Despite it being my hometown, coming back to snow-covered DC is a bit of a culture shock. Sorting through the photos and writing a piece from my own bed feels strange, but I take comfort in knowing I'll be back there in a few short months, walking alongside monks on the tracks once again.
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thevmilko It took being stuck/delayed planes in Yangon, Beijing, Los Angeles, Houston and Boston before I got to this point. Spending a few hours on the farm in upstate NY with Dad and the animals before driving back to home sweet home in DC. 3w

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thevmilko Shinbyu Buddhist monk ceremony parading down the street in Bagan. In Myanmar it's customary for boys to serve as a Buddhist novice for at least a short period of time. The family of the boys were showering the street with flower petals all along the route. 3w
  •   lexho Are you still there!? 3w
  •   thevmilko I am! Getting ready to head to Beijing, where I think I'm going to be stuck until the airports open back up on the east coast! 3w
  •   dcsummerproject Awesome. 3w
  •   tittsworth Holler if u happen to detour to Taiwan or Hong Kong in the next couple weeks 3w
  •   thevmilko @tittsworth ships in the night. I was just in China and heading to LA for 2 days. Sorry to miss you! 3w
  •   tittsworth Word- give a shout if u need any la suggestions! 3w

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thevmilko A day of driving a scooter through fields of temples, climbing up ancient stairs and finally eating every single street food sweet I've been eyeing the past two weeks. My Thursday was a good one. 3w

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thevmilko Riding into the sunset together. 4w

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thevmilko Beating the heat of the day by searching for tin cups, new shoes, and colorful fabrics.
Built in 1926 and originally called Scott's Market during British colonial rule. Upon Myanmar's independence in 1948, the market was renamed after General Aung San-- founder of the Communist Party of Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi's father.
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thevmilko During sunset tonight I got so completely lost in thoughts and the imagery whizzing past my train window that I missed my stop. Normally I would have been worried and hopped off at the next station, but, equipped with camera bag of supplies that would get me through the next 48 hours no matter what, I decided to ride it out to see where it would take me.
I ended up halfway between Yangon and Pyay, at which point the train conductor told me it was time to head back home to Yangon or get ready for a long night. On the way back it ended up being just me, the conductor and one other person singing along to Nancy Sinatra playing on a hand radio, a few flashlights to keep us lit. Myanmar, you're alright.
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thevmilko The dusty oranges, antiqued teals, rosy pinks and splashes of green and red in this town have me ready to paint my entire apartment in Yangon-themed shades. The color palettes in this town put Wes Anderson to shame. 1mon

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thevmilko In the hunt for a graphic design firm I read about I stumbled upon older and younger generations alike getting together for a game of chinlone under a bridge in Dagon, Yangon. The game is much like volleyball, except players use their feet and heads instead of hands. On the other side of the fence break dancers were practicing their routines. It was a good Monday. 1mon

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thevmilko The weather forecast called for "haze" today. Also-- I love traffic circles that revolve around a 2000 year old golden temple. 1mon

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thevmilko "The price of liberty has never been cheap and in Burma it is particularly high." - Aung San Suu Kyi [Edit] Words to remember as I watched a sunset turn everything purple at the Myanmar Times in downtown Yangon last night. As most publications were in Myanmar, this paper was historically heavily censored by the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division of the government. On average, 20% of the stories submitted for publication were rejected by the government.
Printed in Burmese and English, the Burmese edition is one of the most widely distributed in the country.
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thevmilko Yesterday I took the Yangon Circle Line train around the city. 32 miles long, the slow-moving train takes three hours from start to finish, taking riders through the suburban countryside and urban areas. I think I might make it a bi-daily routine.
I'm having a hard time remembering to put my camera down and take my iPhone out this trip. Wifi is expensive and hard to come by, so I'm spending most of my down time doing personal reading and writing-- something I don't make enough time for anymore.
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thevmilko Taking a moment to sit in a quiet corner of the temple, nursing some blisters and getting ready to give thanks to the day of the week I was born (a Saturday) by pouring water over the statue of a deity. Moments of contemplation and setting purpose before starting the work I have ahead on this trip.

One of Buddhism's most sacred sites, this zedi is adorned with over 37 metric tons of gold leaf and thousands of diamonds. It is also believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha.
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  •   jeniafuso Burma 🏻 1mon
  •   shanniedc2 Such a magical place 1mon
  •   janehallwilliams Monday's child is fair of face,
    Tuesday's child is full of grace,
    Wednesday's child is full of woe,
    Thursday's child has far to go,
    Friday's child works hard for a living,
    Saturday's child is works hard for a living,
    But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
    Is bonnie and blithe and good and gay. 1mon
  •   dulkerians_persian_rug_co This is amazing. I don't even know you, but I'm incredibly happy you get to experience something so beautiful. 1mon
  •   josefnotjoseph Breathtaking 1mon

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thevmilko Damn, it's been a good year.
Thank you to all of the friends, collaborators, editors, clients and family that have made this year once of the most formative and wonderful yet. Next year is filled with challenges and adventures that I couldn't be more excited for.
Photo by @mica4life
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thevmilko Ybor City, Tampa, Florida.
Founded 130 years ago by Cuban, Spanish and Italian migrants, this city served as the main cigar-rolling factory for 50 years. The city was widely abandoned during the Great Depression and only recently has seen a major revitalization. The old tops of all the old buildings still showcase their multi-cultural migrant roots, while wild roosters roam the small streets.
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thevmilko My career in journalism started earlier than I had thought. Here's me, age four, in Playboy Croatia with my Opa. 2mon

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thevmilko How @sushibingo & I are spending our third Christmas together. 🌭🌯🌭 2mon

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