Out of Eden

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Paul Salopek/Out of Eden

Salopek on the Doorstep of Mandalay

Date: March 17, 2020
Approximate GPS Location: (22.14°N, 96.10°E)

Along the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Salopek continues to see fragments of Myanmar’s past.

Speaking to farmers, he has been shown treasures unearthed from their fields, and as he neared the city of Mandalay, he was shown a giant 200,000-pound iron bell, cast early in the 19th century by King Bodawpaya.

Together with his walking partner Japha Se, Salopek recently crossed the river by boat to explore an ancient Merchants’ port just outside of the former capital city. He should arrive in Mandalay soon.


update history

Salopek Approaches the Irrawaddy

February 19, 2020 // Out of Eden
Out of Eden

Trekking South, Salopek Heads Towards Mandalay

February 07, 2020 // Out of Eden
Out of Eden

Dangers on the Open Road

January 19, 2020 // Out of Eden
Out of Eden

Asia’s Shrinking Forests

January 07, 2020 // Out of Eden



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