What do jumping cats have to do with Buddhism's Middle Path? Did Orwell really hate everyone in Burma? How did Myanmar's ruling junta use white elephants to consolidate their power? Will a synagogue caretaker's improbable dream ever come true? What arrogance drives western travelers to seek the "unknown"? And why should you never disrespect the nat spirits who guard a sacred forest? This is Myanmar as you've probably never imagined, full of curious people, startling happenings, and unexpected moments of humanity and introspection, giddiness and solemnity, avarice and ambition.
Paul Spencer Sochaczewski has written 12 books and has had some 600 by-lined articles published in major international publications, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, CNN Traveller, Geographical, Reader's Digest, and Travel and Leisure.
Paul has lived and worked in some 80 countries. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Sarawak, Malaysia (on the island of Borneo), and subsequently lived in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and Switzerland. While with WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature International, Paul created international campaigns to protect rainforests, wetlands, plants, and biological diversity.
He walks his hilly home course (Maison Blanche Golf Club, near Geneva, Switzerland) and carries his clubs. He has a lucky Ganesha charm. Several, in fact. Well, actually, a few hundred.