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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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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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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All Aboard!

May 05, 2011 No Comments

China is big. Like holy mother of god big. To get anywhere you need to take a train or fly. They still have buses, and while they’re good for some of the shorter distances, I wouldn’t attempt them for anything over 4 hours. Coming back from Lijiang to Kunming I took the newly built rail […]

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Hand Drawn Maps are Never Your Friend

Apr 29, 2011 1 Comment

Wanting to get away from the hoards of Chinese tourists, we decided to hit up a small village outside of town called Baisha. At the bike rental next to an enormous statue of Mao, we picked up our awesome bikes for the day! Mine was pink-a-licious. I’ve no idea why I got the pink one, […]

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Mandarin STAT!

Apr 29, 2011 No Comments

Traveling from Dali up the mountains to Lijiang was an experience to say the least. In true tourist fashion we bought our bus tickets from our hostel which came with taxi pickup. We thought that this would save us from having to get all the way to New City Dali, a trip that took us […]

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China Baby!

Apr 23, 2011 No Comments

To head into China I chose to fly directly into Kunming in the south. I had wanted to go overland through Burma, but they won’t allow you into China. You can get INTO Burma, but you can’t go through it. Boo hiss. Other option is to go overland through Laos or Vietnam. Since I had […]

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Motorbikes and Chiang Rai

Apr 13, 2011 3 Comments

I had a few days before Songkran was set to start and decided to spend them in Chiang Rai, a small town just over the border from Laos. It was a super tiny laid back town, a great introduction into Thailand. Most everything to see was situated outside town.The only way to reach them was […]

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A Chicken Runs Through It

Apr 13, 2011 No Comments

There are three different ways to cross over-land into Thailand from Luang Prabang in Laos: Option 1: The bus. Time=16 hours Option 2: The slow boat. Time=2 days Option 3: The fast boat. Time=7 hours I opted for the fast boat, the exact opposite of what EVERY guide book tells you to do. Evidently it’s […]

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Hell is a Minibus in Laos

Apr 03, 2011 2 Comments

Sometimes the fastest option is not the best. Case in point: my trip from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Let’s set the scene shall we? Picture a 1970’s minibus. Add in 12 tourists + 12 backpacks strapped to the top. Factor in mountain roads, most of which are gravel. And finally a driver hell-bent on […]

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To Tube or Not to Tube?

Apr 03, 2011 2 Comments

The ultimate question posed in Vang Vieng to which the only answer can be: hells yeah! Tubing is this town’s claim to fame and they have embraced it with undying enthusiasm. Minutes after my arrival at my hostel a group a guys invited me along for some tubing fun. When I mentioned that they didn’t […]

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