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So it involves vodka?

Any given Sunday As I sat on the fold out chair in the middle of the snow pulling off my inadequate Australian clothing and fearing that the cold pains in my fingers might be causing permanent damage, I wondered if … Continue reading

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Cabin Fever

I should preface this entry by acknowledging that it is probably influenced by a pretty heavy dose of cabin fever.  It is 9:45 am by my watch, about 4:30am Moscow time and somewhere in between for local time. Goodness knows … Continue reading

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Smugglers, Buddha & the Old Believers

    Rivalling the Orient Express We boarded train 263# at 9:10pm for a 24+ hour trip across the Mongolian-Russian border, bound for Ulaan Ude. We had half hoped for the luxury of a cabin to ourselves but were also … Continue reading

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Steppe-ing out in Mongolia

Train 23# Although it may not be the ‘authentic’ experience, we were lucky enough to get a 4 berth cabin to ourselves for the trip from Beijing (8:05am 10 November) to Ulaan Baatar (1:20pm 11 November). Highlights included copious amounts … Continue reading

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Clay People and Dumplings

Xian The city of Xian itself is fairly nondescript. It is neither particularly old nor particularly modern, the roads are incredibly busy and it is very hard to get a sense of location or overall character while you are there. … Continue reading

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While you were working…

Here are a couple of pics from my first week in China. I will jump on and caption them once we’re somewhere without restricted access to WordPress. Assuming they display in the order they’ve uploaded (and if not good luck!), … Continue reading

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F*#book and Pandas

APOLOGIES FOR ANY AWFUL FORMATTING- THIS IS BEING EMAILED IN DUE TO BLOGGING RESTRICTIONS IN CHINA (see below) So flights are flights. They can be really bad, or okay but never amazing. Mine fell into the ‘okay’ category. The usual … Continue reading

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No more wine thanks… I’m allergic

There are a finite number of phrases that can be squeezed onto a one hour language CD. They aim to make sure you can ‘survive’ on your trip. I have spent many hours of driving time over the past month … Continue reading

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4 Week Countdown and Experimental Blogging

4 Week Countdown…4 weeks today will see us three days into our first stop – Shanghai. Although I am a fairly relaxed traveller, there is a little bit of panic starting to brew in some areas… How will I get … Continue reading

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The Perfect Traveller

The “Perfect Traveller” for many of us conjures a picture of a hardcore guy or girl; they’ve braved 40 countries in one pair of underwear, their clothes are stained with the dust from the Mojave to the Sahara, they’ve clearly shunned … Continue reading

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