The Games People Play

There are still plenty of places in the world, including parts of my own country, where options for having fun can only be of your own making. Not an electronic device to be seen. These delightful children live in a small village on the far stretches of the Mekong River in Laos.

Two days on the slow boat along the Mekong from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang is an exceptionally special river journey. If you ever get the chance….

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The little truck escapes the heat for a moment.

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Even in the big smoke of downtown Luang Prabang, there are random fun and games opportunities.  Styrofoam packing had these girls giggling as they played hide and seek with me.

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But it was the streets of Yangon, Myanmar where the activity was intense and fascinating. Business is conducted on the sidewalks with food sellers and tea stalls; vendors find much needed space to manufacture their larger products; merchandise from the physical shop premises spills out onto the pavement. And still there is plenty of room  for passers by to go about their business.

This is such a universal and always interesting experience, not uncommon at all in many parts of the world.

But it seemed like quite a while since I had seen so many leisure activities also happening on the streets. Board games are always a serious business. Obviously a regular and longstanding practice here. Any little spare spot off the pavement seems to work just fine for concentration.

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Far away from the bustling city at a quiet and less well travelled ruin in Bagan.

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Just waiting for play to resume.

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