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Some Final Thoughts On Tibet

20.10.2007 in Culture, Locale

So we have just descended from the cold, arid altitude of the Tibetan plateau to the warm, humid lowlands of Nepal and I will follow up with a post about the whole border crossing from Zhang Mu into Nepal, but I wanted to just post…

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Last Stop In Tibet

19.10.2007 in Culture, Locale

We woke up today at the foot of Mt. Everest (Qomolangma in Tibetan, mother of all mountains) after an amazing couple of days. We are still in our Land Cruisers and the road up to Everest was pretty crazy, but the road down has been…

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Being Tattooed In Tibet

16.10.2007 in Culture, Locale, People

We have both mentioned a couple times about people’s interest in my tattoo while here so I thought I would just go into a little bit more detail about that. First, if you are reading and don’t know anything about my tattoo, it’s a work…

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Leaving Lhasa

16.10.2007 in Culture, Locale, People, Savor

Kim did a wonderful job describing Lhasa but I also wanted to post my thoughts before commenting on the drive through the mountains… this post is going to be kind of long so don’t forget to click on Continue to read more after the jump.

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Chanting Monks In Shigatse

16.10.2007 in Culture, Locale, People

Today I was able to hear some monks chanting at the large monastery here in Shigatse. Unfortunately people were talking while I was recording (one Chinese woman was even chatting on her cell phone) but hopefully you can tune the talking out and enjoy the…

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Beautiful Lhasa

14.10.2007 in Culture, Locale, People

Lhasa…where do I begin? This is a bustling city boasting the most amazing monasteries, markets and of course the honored Potala Palace. The smell of yak butter candles permeates everywhere, pilgrims prostrate on the street beside you, people sing as they complete their errands (the…

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Tashidelek from Lhasa

12.10.2007 in Culture, Locale

Kim’s last post has us arriving in Lhasa and already we have seen a lot today. We visited Jokhang Temple and Drepung Monastary (all those steps were extra difficult when you can barely breath) today, but rather than type about it we’re going to let…

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Last Day In Beijing And A Long Train Journey

12.10.2007 in Culture, Locale

Our last day in Beijing was quite a whirlwind. We started promptly at 9am with a short subway ride with our group to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tiananmen is massive and serves it’s purpose well by being very impressive and overwhelming in size….

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Photo Update

09.10.2007 in Culture, Locale

I found an internet cafe with USB so I was able to upload a few photos, but the speeds are still pre-broadband here (like, less than 28.8k) so there are just a few for now and we’ll update more when we get a chance. Some…

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The Great Great Wall Post

08.10.2007 in Culture, Locale

Today we drove out to the Mutianyu section of the wall, which is a little further outside of the city than other sections, and is thus less crowded. This section has been mostly restored to show what it originally had looked like, so we weren’t…

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Something In The Air

07.10.2007 in Culture, Locale

There is something about Beijing… something in the air, you can almost taste it… wait, you can taste it, it IS the air. My nose and throat itch with every breath, and when you go inside to get away from it everybody is smoking. Even…

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Incheon Our Way There

05.10.2007 in Culture, Locale

It could have been excitement, nerves, or maybe the fact that I had a lot to do still at the last minute, but I haven’t been able to sleep much for the past few days. This could have contributed to the poorly timed cold I’m…

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