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In the (Indochina) Loop Again

Friday, October 27th, 2006

My bus from Kunming to the Vietnam border town of Hekou left promptly at 7pm. The sun was setting quickly, and after only about 20 minutes, it was too dark to read and since there were no lights on the bus, I pulled out my handy but geeky headlamp and read some more. The bus seemed to be lurching and having some problems, and after another 15 minutes or so, we pulled over at a rest area, where we were suddenly stuck for about an hour while the driver and his helper, plus two men from this little repair shop took out the gear shift and messed around with some bus parts for a while. After going to get another part and installing it, we set off again, a little late but nothing to be concerned about. Or so I thought. [read on]

Dali Dali, We Like to Party

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Dali is one of the more popular tourist destinations in China, especially for backpackers, known for a laid back vibe, beautiful scenery and the availability of certain herbal delights. I was more intent in getting out of the city of Kunming and seeing some nice countryside again, and booked an afternoon bus to Dali which would take about 5 hours. There was also the option of taking an overnight train, but seeing as that takes 10 hours, I didn’t see why anyone would do that. After eating some breakfast and packing up, I hopped in a taxi to the bus station. Kunming streets are clean and easy to navigate, but are a real pain in a car, as you have to drive very far out of your way and do a U turn instead of being able to just turn left at any given intersections. But after only a few minutes, I arrived at the bus station, ticket in hand, and made my way past all the hawkers to find my bus. Showing my ticket to a few people, I was finally directed to the back of the station, and shown a minibus that had the Dali characters on the front. My bags were thrown in the back, and I sat on the  minibus, by myself, and waited for it to leave. No other people got on, however, and a nagging feeling started at the pit of my stomach. Something didn’t feel right. [read on]

Back in the Game

Saturday, October 7th, 2006
After buying my subway ticket to the stop nearest Shamian Island, I waited for the train for only a few minutes. Since there didn't seem to be any way to tell what stop we were approaching,  I had to count ... [Continue reading this entry]

Where the Hell Am I? Part 2

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Photos are up on my smugmug homepage for Cambodia (with captions), China and HK (without captions.) Enjoy! Leaving the airport in Hong Kong was as easy as getting there, and I hopped aboard the express train, which runs ... [Continue reading this entry]

Where the Hell Am I?

Sunday, September 24th, 2006
Our first night in Hong Kong was a fairly uneventful one. After finding out the Happy Valley races weren't on, Chris and I headed out to explore the surrounding area a bit and get some dinner. We wandered for just ... [Continue reading this entry]

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Spending the last night on the cruise boat was relaxing and peaceful, and aside from having to repack our stuff, we didn’t have much to do. Our final port of call was a town called Yichang, and we were told ... [Continue reading this entry]

Cruising Chinese Style

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

The first night in Chengdu was an early one, and I fell asleep almost instantly, only to wake up in the middle of the night having to run to the bathroom. Uh oh. Something other than my rash was also ... [Continue reading this entry]

On Two Feet or Four?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
Early in the morning, which was becoming the theme for our travels through China, Chris and I boarded our bus from Xiahe to Langmusi, another small Tibetan town featuring a monastery and beautiful scenery. The leg room, astoundingly, was quite ... [Continue reading this entry]

Something New Every Day

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
Exiting the train station in Lanzhou, I had only one thought on my mind, and that was how crappy I felt. I pushed this thought aside however, and managed to concentrate on the new task at hand. We needed to ... [Continue reading this entry]

My Very Own…Train Ride From Hell Story?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

It is a common practice among travelers that you try to read a book about the country you are currently traveling in. Almost everyone I met was reading “First They Killed My Father,” a story about the Khmer Rouge regime, ... [Continue reading this entry]