sm's been following austin bush photopgraphy for long time, and it's not surprising when you see how he pairs stunning photographs with such well-written anthropogenic prose.
"myanmar’s teashops are not just places to have tiny cups of sweet, milky tea or coffee, or bottomless pots of weak chinese tea. they’re also places to catch up with a friend. they’re where you go for a smoke. they’re almost certainly a better place for breakfast than your hotel or guesthouse. and they’re where gossip is passed around, deals made and, if you believe the rumours, government spies are rampant.
"their defining element — tea — takes a slightly different form than most of us may be used to, and may not be to everybody’s liking. teashops are where the burmese appear to consume the bulk of their sucrose, and your average tiny mug has nearly as much sugar and sweetened condensed milk as it does black tea. the generic word burmese for tea is lephet ye, ‘tea water’, but if you follow this by saying cho bawq, you’ll get something that’s still sweet, but that at least won’t rot your teeth. the saving grace is the ubiquitous pot of weak green tea that serves as a chaser."
it's enough to reawaken both the travel bug and the wanderlust at the same time.