Photo: Ubine Bridge in Mandalay, Burma

Silhouette of a Woman Crossing the Ubine Bridge on Bicycle

Silhouette of a Woman Crossing the Ubine Bridge on Bicycle

The Ubine Bridge (U Bein Bridge) is one of the most photographed sights in Myanmar and with good reason. Not only is it beautiful the traffic that crosses the old teak structure is fascinating to watch as is the life that goes on around the lake at its base. (Technically the bridge isn’t located in Mandalay but in the township of Amarapura which has been taken over by urban sprawl.) The luxury of spending and entire afternoon photographing this scene without having to worry about the clock or packing more and more in because of tight time constraints is one of the things I love most about this retirement travel adventure.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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