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About L’appel Du Vide
There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Monthly Archives: September 2012
If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve heard a little about our stay with the local nomads of Mongolia: How I ended up pantless and how we entertained ourselves on the long rainy nights. But I haven’t really talked about life in the Ger. What is a Ger? A ger is a round tent that can be easily packed up and moved as the family moves locations with the seasons. It has a stove in the middle of the Ger for cooking and warmth and a matching round hole in the top to let out smoke. The floor is either … Read More
When we applied for our China Visa, we could only get one valid for 30 days. That meant we had only a month to see one of the biggest countries in the world. Seriously not enough time. There were so many things we wanted to see and do and it was next to impossible to squeeze it all in – especially considering we wanted to spend a week in Tibet. That meant we had less than three weeks to see the rest of the country. Our orginal plan was to start in Beijing for four days. Then we would … Read More
Question: You find out your back alley dentist is running a side business out of the back of their clinic. What is the worst possible business for it to be? I think I found the Answer in Shanghai. This dentist, who we found in an alley in Shanghai, was running a pretty fully stocked sex shop out of the back of their ‘clinic’ Thoughts?
As part of our stay in Mongolia, we spent 6 days/5 nights staying with Nomadic Families in Western Mongolia. We had no guide and no organized tour. We simply worked with a company that arranged it with the families, then we took an 8 hour local bus to a small western town where we were picked up by the first family. They spoke no English and our only means on communication, besides hand signals, was a short list of Mongolian phrases we had brought with us. Needless to say, we had a great time. We stayed in their extra Gers … Read More
(Confused about what is going on here? Check out the first part here.) Our good friend Chuck received his second Russia love not from Moscow. As it turns out his Russian Lover is becoming even more enamored. Also its hard to find romantic themed Moscow postcards.
If you go to China, you go to the Great Wall. Its famous, its epic, its beautiful, you can see it from space (not really), etc. etc. etc. Very few sites in the world rival the great wall – the Pyramids, Angkor Wat, Machu Pichu. I had long been dreaming of my own trip to the great wall and I wanted to make sure that the experience was very special. I dreaded the thought of a crowded bus dropping me off for a few hours at a chaotic section of the wall. When I heard about the Great Wall … Read More
Before I went to Beijing I had heard nothing but bad things about China. It’s dirty. It’s crowded. It’s impossible to get around. People told me they hated it and never ever wanted to return. So far I’ve only been here a week and spent the majority of it in Beijing and to be honest – I’ve loved it. Maybe it’s because we had such a rough start in Russia, we were used to not being able to get around. Maybe its because we left the frigid cold of Mongolia and were greeted by sunny skies and warm weather … Read More
Right before departing from Moscow, we found out the the trains are numbered a certain way. The lower the train number, the better the train. Our first train was #2. It looked like this: As I mentioned, it was delightful. It was warm and comfortable and we even had an outlet in our compartment. After a few day’s by Lake Baikal it was time to head out for train number two. Right before our trip we checked the train number. It was 362. Crap. Let’s just say it was …. different. Gone was the outlet. Gone was the comfortable beds. … Read More
Exciting News – As of September 20th, I have been traveling for one full month. And what a month its been. Shannon and I flew into Moscow on Aug 21 and took an overnight train to St. Petersburg. After three days, we took another overnight train back to Moscow where we met up with Tejal for three more days of sightseeing. Then, on Aug 27 we started our Trans-Mongolian experience. For the next four nights and five days we traveled through Siberia by train. We stopped in Irkutsk to spend a few days a Lake Baikal before continuing our journey … Read More
As I mentioned, as part of our journey through Siberia, we spent five days and four nights on an overnight train. One small compartment, three American girls, one random Russian guy, no showers. Of course we photo documented the experience. Day 1 – Freshly Showered and happy to be on the train Day 2- Still excited to be there. Also still changing our clothes. Day 3 – Hair is up by necessity. Shannon has stopped changing clothing. Day 4- Hair is REALLY up. Things are getting dicey. At least Shannon changed. Day 5 – Things are seriously rough. We’ve all … Read More