From Russia, with Lockdown

May 25, 2011 3 Comments

Many people in my hostel tried to talk me out of taking an Aeroflot flight out of China. It’s a notorious Russian airline known for crashes, delays, etc. But it was so amazingly cheap I couldn’t resist. When will I learn to listen to other people? Probably never, but there’s always next time.  Here’s how […]

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End of an Era

May 14, 2011 No Comments

Last night was the end of our fantastico trio: Me, James and Laura. We all managed to meet up again in Beijing before heading out of the country. Laura was the first to leave, back to Italy. For out last day we spent it our favorite way: bargain hunting in Beijing’s massive markets! Shopping at […]

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Olympic Rollerblading

May 14, 2011 No Comments

The site of the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been transformed into one big rollerblading park. I suppose that’s not the official use of the space, but the night I went to check it out that’s all that was happening. A million rollerblading chinese tourists around. It was fabulous! The Bird’s Nest is just as strange […]

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One Great Workout

May 14, 2011 5 Comments

The Great Wall: the ultimate symbol of China. I elected to go to the Jinshaling section, a relatively unrestored bit 4 hours from Beijing. Since it’s the furthest away from Beijing it also has the least tourists making for a better climb. Of course I should have thought about the 5am wake-up call for the […]

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The Summer Palace

May 14, 2011 No Comments

The emperor’s summer palace was built for him and his many many wives to have a nice cool place to go to during the brutal china summer. All I can say is the weather must have been very different during their reign. It’s only like 20 km from the forbidden city. Can’t imagine the weather […]

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Avert Your Eyes!

May 10, 2011 5 Comments

I’m sorry, truly I am. I didn’t mean to post again about the bathroom situation here in China but it couldn’t be helped. For the past few days I’ve seen these “split pants” on small children around town here in Beijing. I had absolutely no idea why they had these giant rips in their pants. […]

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Welcome to My Personal Space

May 07, 2011 No Comments

Travel in China will teach you one thing: to learn to pop the personal bubble. Seriously get used to it people, the chinese have no respect for your personal space. Case in point, my trip to Beijing. I ended up in transit to Beijing a full 2 days earlier than expected because all the trains […]

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Whatup Warriors?

May 07, 2011 No Comments

So I don’t know if you’ve heard but there were these warriors? Made out of terracotta? They were discovered awhile ago and are kind of a big deal. I went to see them. See mom?! I can do historical stuff! Figuring I was an old pro at the chinese public bus system, I set off […]

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The Search for the Elusive English Bookstore

May 07, 2011 2 Comments

In preparation for my impending 14 hour train trip to Beijing, I thought I’d find a bookstore and stock up. It’s humanly not possible to attempt such a journey without a new book. Just saying. My handy dandy tourist map informed me that there was an English language bookstore just down the block from the […]

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Happy Cinco de Mayo Baby!

May 05, 2011 6 Comments

It’s one of the best holidays of the year and the Chinese have no idea! This saddens me. No margaritas to be found, no chips and salsa to consume. To all my friends back in civilization head over to The Rio and have one of their famous 3 limit margs for me. And then to […]

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Plane Please

May 05, 2011 7 Comments

After recovering my voice finally, I debated the best way to get to Xi’an. The train is the cheapest option available, it also takes 37 hours. Ummmm I tend to think I will become homicidal after more than 1 day on a chinese train. The combined smell of cigarette smoke and cup-o-noodles is positively disgusting. […]

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