Archive for November, 2007

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Seven Years Days in Tibet – Part II

On any visit to Lhasa, there are a few sites you just can’t miss.  In addition to Jokhang Temple (as discussed in our last post), the must-see attraction is Potala Palace.  As we arrived by bus from the airport, I suddenly caught a glimpse of the Palace.  Built into the side of a hill, the […]

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Seven Years Days in Tibet – Part I

Quickly after arriving in Lhasa, Tibet, I fell in love with the place. The more I travel, the more I seek out places that are truly foreign. I seek experiences that just don’t make sense. These types of experiences abound in Lhasa. Lhasa has expanded to a population of over 250,000. Much of this growth […]

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Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Free Tibet???

Until only a few years ago, the only thing I knew about Tibet was that lots of people who like the Grateful Dead, hugging trees and world peace (according to the many bumper stickers on their car) also wanted Tibet to be free. The Tibet Autonomous Region is technically a part of China, but it is a world […]

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

So Much to be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving from Kathmandu!  Although we’ll probably be without the normal Thanksgiving trimmings this year (not a lot of pumpkin pie to be found in Nepal…),  we’re so glad to have a day to reflect on how much we’ve got to grateful for.  Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Things That Make You Go Hmm…

Including Macau, Hong Kong and Tibet, we’ve spent almost a month and a half in China.  Along the way, we’ve observed many things that were different from our preconceptions of China and others that seemed just downright odd.  In no particular order, here’s a list of a few of them: Items You Will Not Receive […]

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Friday, November 16th, 2007

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

In the last few weeks, Derek and I have enjoyed one of the many benefits of long-term journeys: travel friends.  On short vacations, one’s priority is often to catch up on much-needed time with family and other loved ones.  When life on the road is more of a routine than it is a break from […]

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

A River Runs Through It

It was time to escape from the polluted cities of China. While I’ve always loved the city life, there is an unequalled joy of exiting the urban sprawl and heading to the mountains.  I guess that love started for me at an early age, as my family hooked up the pop-up camper and hit the […]

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Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Cobblestone Streets and Ancient Scripts

If you were to mix together one part Boulder, Colorado, one part Venice and one part Beijing, your result surely would look something like Lijiang, the lovely southwestern town where we just spent a few days.   Like Boulder, it’s situated in the foothills of snow-capped mountains.  Like Venice, its old city1 is crisscrossed by canals, many of which […]

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Thursday, November 8th, 2007

A Terra Cotta History Lesson

Our time in China has been nothing if not a lesson in the relative brevity of our own country’s history.  This lesson really sunk in as, during our time in Xi’an, we stood in front of an army of terra cotta warriors and tried to wrap our minds around the fact that a Chinese emperor […]

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Monday, November 5th, 2007

Duck – It’s What’s for Dinner

I’ve been to hundreds of Chinese restaurants in my days. They seem to be everywhere in the States, with Chinese entrepreneurs setting up shop in every shopping mall or available street corner.  In many cases, the primary attraction of a Chinese restaurant is the buffet. After paying a nominal sum, you line up to gorge […]

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