Chris Crampton, ICS Sales Manager – UK & Ireland, is on a journey to the enigmatic and enchanting country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
We asked Chris to write to us daily so we can share his experience with you. Follow along with his adventure.
Here’s what Chris had to say today…
Travelling to new places has always been as much a journey of the mind as the body, and visiting somewhere new remains one of the most exciting experiences that a person can have. And yet there is an irony in this – the more one travels, the more aware one becomes of just how much there is still to explore. The list of places still to see grows longer, not shorter.
there is an irony in this – the more one travels, the more aware one becomes of just how much there is still to explore
The secret to arriving in a new country is to do so without preconceptions, for every country has the capacity to surprise, and an open mind has always been the most rewarding way to travel. But not even in my most far fetched thoughts did I anticipate that the immigration officer would be quietly singing to herself as I arrived into Yangon. As welcomes go, however inadvertent, this one possessed a charm entirely unique in my experience. It is a rare thing Indeed to be smiling to oneself going through the formalities.
The list of places still to see grows longer, not shorter.
On day one of a ten day trip, the first day is one of familiarisation. Yangon’s traffic congestion is rightly renowned yet the patience of the people is what strikes initially – there may be queues on the roads, but they are handled without rancour, and my mind kept turning to the frustration I would be feeling at home in the UK. A relaxing traffic jam – there’s a first.
The secret to arriving in a new country is to do so without preconceptions
Tomorrow is when the exploration truly begins, and each day I shall be providing an update that will hopefully provide some kind of flavour of the journey. I have no idea what to expect, so since it is always better to travel in company, perhaps you’d like to join me on my exploration.
Until tomorrow then…