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Beijing Highlights

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After changing our plans in China, we ended up spending almost five days in Beijing. In some cities, five days might get a bit boring – but not Beijing. There was more to see and do there than you could possibly exhaust in two weeks – let alone a mere five days. Here’s how we spent our time: Seeing Tianamen Square Tianamen Square is apparently the largest open square in the world – almost three time’s bigger than Moscow’s Red Square.  If I had to say something about Tianamen Sqaure, I would agree…it is large. Sadly, it’s not much else. … Read More

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Let’s talk Toilet

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This may be crossing way over into the realm of TMI, but I thought it would be fun to share with you all some of the exciting toilets I’ve encountered on my trip so far. I’ve travelled through parts of Asia before, so I am familiar with how toilets go over here – but I think its always funny how shocking they can some times be – so far I’ve classified the toilets I’ve used into five general catagories: (Note: I have tried to take a photo of every toilet I’ve used – weird I know. This is a honest … Read More

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Ordering food when you don’t speak the language

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One of the most difficult things I face when arriving in a new country is figuring out what to order at local restaurants. This issue is only compounded when you not only don’t speak a language but you can’t even begin to read the letters.  That has been the case for me in every country we have visited so far on this trip: Russia, Mongolia and China. Most of the time, when I walk into a reasturant the menu looks something like this: Hmmm. You can always try the point at random and hope for the best, but you might … Read More

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Oh China

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Found this article in the “International News” section of a publication in China. It’s an article about how fat school children are in American schools. Only at the very bottom of the article do you see the disclaimer that this article was taken from the Onion, a joke newspaper in the the US. Otherwise, its published as if its total fact.

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Money in China

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Curious what an average week in China costs me? Here is my day to day price breakdown for the last six days. If you are looking to fund your own affordable vacation, you might want to check out your own low cost holidays discount codes. Friday Sept 28 – Yichang China In the morning we departed our three day Yangtze River Cruise and headed to board a train to Xi’an. Our transfer to the airport was included in the cost of our cruise. (Morning spent on Yangtze River Cruise) Lunch of noodles at street stall – 10 RMB ($1.59) Sprite … Read More

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Rushing through Huang Shan

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Huang Shan Mountain has got to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Green valleys below huge rocky peaks shrouded in misty fog. It was honestly breathtaking. Sadly, we didn’t really get to enjoy it as we had set ourselves out to explore it at a death march pace thanks to a hurried schedule and some very bad information from our hostel. We arrived off the bus from Shanghai at 3 pm and had a flight schedule at 4 pm the next day. We were immediately confronted with several pieces of bad news: The bus had arrived … Read More

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Life in the Ger

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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

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Changing things up in China

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  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

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A Shanghai Dentist Office

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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?

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Fun with Ankle Bones

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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

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