Thursday, 9 February 2012

Client review of our Burma evening...


Below is a review of our event held on Thursday 26th January where we were joined by Amrit Singh who was born in Burma and Lyn hughes, Editor in Chief of Wanderlust magazine.  This was the second in our series of 'Travel Lectures' and it was a wonderful evening.  Thanks to all those who attended.
One of our clients sent in the below review of the evening, we loved it so much we wanted to share it with everyone...
“On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin’-fishes play,
An’ the dawn comes up like thunder out o’ China ‘crost the Bay…..”
Having spent Thursday evening at an excellent travel lecture on Burma, organised by Robert Broad Travel, I am wondering if Kipling’s grasp of Burmese geography was a bit tenuous. Mandalay sits pretty well in the middle of Burma, many miles from the sea - almost the equivalent of Lichfield to the English coast…..and a similarly long distance from the Chinese border.
But despite this poetic-license, for those of us who are old enough to remember it as a Great-Uncle’s party-piece at Christmas, this tale of a simple Raj Squaddie, growing tired and wet in the London drizzle and longing to be back with his Burmese girl on the banks of the Irrawaddy, is full of nostalgia and legendary place-names.


The very large audience who attended the lecture at the Garrick didn’t just consist of people who enjoyed Kipling however. Burma (Myanmar) is increasingly in the news, as the Military Junta that has ruled the place for many years begins to soften its grip - and ‘The Lady’, Aung San Suu Kyi, has said that an influx of visitors from the outside world would now be a good thing. So after years of isolation the country is opening up to tourism.
In a question-and answer session, hosted by Director of Rober Broad Travel Oliver Broad, many of our queries about visiting this new frontier were answered by Lyn Hughes, founder of ‘Wanderlust’ Magazine – and Amrit Singh from TransIndus. Both these women knew and loved the country, particularly Amrit who had been born there and had continued to visit relatives throughout Burma’s years of isolation.
They each gave us a tantalizing glimpse of this fascinating and idiosyncratic country, a lot of sound travel advice - and an insight into a delightful culture: A country where there are virtually no ATM’s - but you can put money in a slot-machine that dispenses tiny pieces of gold-leaf for temple decoration, sounds like our sort of place.
But I think their prime message was not to delay too long before planning a visit – get there whilst the magic is still strong.
“Come you back, you British tourist; come you back to Mandalay”.
Tony Fisher
Client of Robert Broad Travel 



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