15 Jun '11, 9pm

Been there, haven't done that: We bumbled along and tried keeping pace with our guide, Birman, who was making ef...

The mid-morning sunlight pierced through the dense foliage. We bumbled along and tried keeping pace with our guide, Birman, who was making effortless strides past overgrown shrubs and winding gnarly branches. Piles of fallen leaves crackled and twigs broke off with a satisfying snap under us; above our heads we could hear treetops rustling mysteriously. "Do you see that? That's a macaque monkey. It's just up there," Birman pointed out. I whipped my head around immediately, inexplicably fearing my furred distant evolutionary cousin would descend upon us with its army and bury us alive a la Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. (Only a natural response, considering that I'd just watched the movie trailer two days before.) My trekking partner clutched her stylish white Fuji film camera, her iPhone and compact digital camera dangling from her wrist a little closer - just in case. Be...

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