All my family and friends know a couple things about me and about which are not debatable by any of them. I love to travel especially overseas. When I am traveling overseas, I will pick up memorabilia from places where I been. It reminds me over the years of those places and people that I have seen and met.
Three years ago, I spent a month in Myanmar (Burma). Of all the countries that I have visited, that single place and its people was the best trip of them all by far. I am in the process of planning to be on the road again. Hopefully, I will return to Myanmar. I have wished to interview Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Lady, for a couple of decades. I have made a formal request and am waiting for a reply. I also want to interview U Htin Kyaw, who is the President of Myanmar. I also would like to talk again with Min Ko Naing who I interviewed while in Yangon on my first trip. Additionally, I have other friends in the 88 Generation with whom I would also like to see again.
Beyond those involved politically, I want to visit with Tin Htun who was a guide of mine in the Yangon area. Tin knew more about Kipling and his poem, Mandalay, than I did. He was well-read and informed.
Finally, I want to see Moh Moh San and her family. Especially, I want to have a rematch with Ti Ti, who beat me while we played Scrabble three years ago. I consider Ti Ti one of my grandchildren.
Having explained why I want to be on the road again, a year ago on November 8, 2015 the National League for Democracy won a resounding majority of seats in both the upper and lower houses of parliament. The total number of seats in both houses is 664, and the NLD won 364. This was the first true election since 1990, and that election was annulled by the military.
After reading The Guardian article on the Internet a year ago, each day I pass my living room, I am haunted by seeing a painting that I bought while at Bagan.
In The Guardian article, they have a video about the election. Included in the video is this scene in Bagan.
During that portion of the video, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi states, "Burma is not yet a democracy. We have been given the chance to build a democratic society. We have not yet built one."
The Lady is doing precisely what Bobby Kennedy said, "Hang a lantern on your problems." Myanmar has voted, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is leading her country toward a democratic society. The world clearly sees the light coming from the lantern. Myanmar voted in a free election. The military must leave the government where it can veto anything that the parliament passes.
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