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June 8, 2008 / calebdresser

There are no lights in Burma

We took off out of Bangkok at sunset, pink light reflecting of endless rice paddies as we banked westward over the bay. Rising, the whole coastal plain seemed inundated, thin lines of trees and roads the only solid ground – a gentle, porous transistion from sea to land. Passing west, we rose toward towering clouds, golden in late-evening light. We crossed a line of hills, the border with Burma, and entered dark grey clouds, pretty sunlight blotted out. When we broke thruogh the other side, it was into a greyed-out, dark sky. Far below, the coast of Burma sat black against a light-colored sea. No lights showed, though there had been plent only a few miles east, on the Thai side of the line. As we moved north-west over the coast, a single light showed near the mouth of a small river. That was all.

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  1. Winslow / Jun 17 2008 8:23 pm

    After flying across the US in the evening recently, that sounds like an incredible and slightly eerie sight.

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