Melissa Adams

About the Author Melissa Adams

Melissa Adams is an American expat and freelance journalist who traded sunny Southern California for a soggy patch on the European continent. As AFAR's Local Expert/Amsterdam, she wrote The AFAR Guide to Amsterdam and regularly shares her passion for the Dutch capital at UnClogged in Amsterdam: An American Expat Plumbs Holland (

Fall 2019 Issue

Reverent Myanmar

The World's Most Devout Buddhist Country  A reclining Buddha and unfinished sitting Buddha complement a giant standing Buddha at Bodhi Tataung. The headlines are jarring. In account after account, they report incidents of jailed journalists, ethnic genocide, and other appalling human rights violations. They're grim snapshots of Myanmar, Southeast Asia's most mystical, least understood land—a…

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