New year, new adventures. Even if I was in Tokyo during the first week on 2020 I consider the one i’m doing the first trip of the year because I arrived in Japan for the NYE, anyway I’ll tell you about that another time!
I always wanted to visit Myanmar, it’s a place that fascinated me for a long time so this year I decided to use part of my holidays to visit it, going through China just for one day, some days in Bangkok to finally reach Yangon. The trip will continue to Kuala Lumpur for three days, Philippines, to end in my favorite place Bali for some surf before to come back home.
My aim is to tell you about my trip throughout my pictures (I’m a photographer remember?) so even if I’m going to tell you something specific, I won’t mention every hotel or bar or restaurant where I’ve been, anyway feel free to contact me about particular questions.
This time I left with the lightest luggage ever, due to the warm places where I’m going and because of Air Asia that requires strictly one baggage (your small bag inside the big one) for a maximum weight of 7kg….
My backpack with the camera and documents was bit lighter this year because I brought my new Canon EOS R, my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II USM and obviously the control ring mount adapter. I know it’s just one lens but I’m going to move often and I’m on holiday after all. Anyway that is the best combo for travel photography helping a lot also when the light is gone, especially for street.
Sometimes I missed a 70-200 but I would have needed another luggage for that, anyway for the future i’m seriously considering to bring just a camera with a prime lens to be used quickly in every kind of situation. Usually I travelled with the 5D Mark 3 and it was very heavy, but anyway the Canon 24-70 is the heavier thing I got..so it will be necessary to sacrifice quality, hopefully not too much.
During this trip I brought also my iPad Pro to be able, while not moving, to edit my pictures and to save a lot of time once back home.
Yes, my holidays are in winter, I’m a photographer and a tour guide in Venice and in January/February nobody wants a photo tour or a tour around the city, plus milions of people are scared for no reason about the high tide even if everything was ok after 10 days..sooo many many may cancellations and no work for me! Don’t worry I will work a lot when you’ll having fun in summer!
First stop of our flight was by Shanghai, We stopped there on purpose to spend a day in a new city (coronavirus was still unknown! anyway I never got sick and I always felt pretty good). Even If we were super tired after a long noisy flight we decided to book a four hours walking tour to enjoy a good introduction to Shanghai and visiting the most interesting spots.
It’s a huge city with more than 29mln people and there so many different aspects characterizing its urban structure able to offer endless street photography opportunities.
Since the beginning anyway, also according with the guide’s information, the city should have been way more fascinating during the 30’s, but now it’s obviously ultramodern even if preserving a bit of that allure in some buildings.
We were there few days before the Chinese New Year so the atmosphere was pretty vibrant and nice, but the city even if modern, is dirty, smelly and incredibly polluted and even the most famous skyline of the city in the beginning was almost invisible due to the smog. The air was heavy and insane and unfortunately I didn’t have a mask, but anyway the simple ones without carbon filters are completely useless in that case.
Then walking around we enjoy the traditional neighborhood with the celebrations for the Chinese New Year, we had some food in typical places and we enjoyed for a while the vibrant vibes of this huge city waiting for the dark.
We wanted to enjoy the amazing games of light of the skyline, so remember, wait there till 6pm, be patient, it’s worth it!
After that we run to the first subway stop (ridiculously cheap) to take the Maglev to reach the airport, direction Bangkok.
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