The sun was setting and I was late. I was the only foreigner on the boat crossing the river from Inwa to the other side. As I was making myself comfortable on the boat, a local came on with his bicycle.

I thought, the man and his bicycle would make a nice photo. This turned out to be one of my favorite photographs from my trip to Burma.

By Hafiz Noor Shams. Some rights reserved. Creative Commons 2.0

Inwa or Ava used to be the capital of various competing Burma kingdoms but in 1839, an earthquake struck the region. Inwa was abandoned for Amarapura soon after and now, it is a sleepy village. Judging by the surrounding, the main economic activities are agriculture and tourism. There is not much else there.

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