I was strolling around a village near Inle Lake, Shan State, Burma, when this young girl, her face plastered with thannaka, baby brother strapped to her back, came out of her house, smiled and handed me some flowers. It was a lovely and unexpected gesture. I continued and more children came to me, one at a time, and handed me flowers. I thought ‘this would not happen to strangers in suburban Sydney’, or anywhere else for that matter. It was one of the most heartwarming experiences of my travels. Taken in 1984, Nikon FM2, Kodachrome film.