January 2006

Kunming….

January 28, 2006 // 0 Comments

Another milestone in the travel. I have arrived this morning in Kunming, in Yunnan province. The sun is shining ever so brightly–it is the first time I have such sun in a month or more it seems. The youth hostel I am staying in is called the Cloudline Hostel and it is nothing shy of amazing. It opened about a year ago and the rooms are lovely. I will send a picture when I get the chance–and its all for 75rmb a night, which is about 9bucks. The trip from Chongquing was bittersweet–I was sad to leave the port city that reminded me of Seattle with its foggy weather, but the infastructure was nothing short of amazing. I giant city that is growing by the minute–it was pleasant just to walk along the shores and think of what it looked like 5 years ago and what it will look like 10 years from now. The train ride was without any issues whatsoever, I am happy to report-although it was a little challenging […]

Chenzhou Diaries

January 24, 2006 // 0 Comments

There are some pictures below this post…. I will add more to this later when I have time–right now it is once again time to go and eat more food yet again…. 🙂 Congrats to the Seahawks for finally making it the Super Bowl–too bad its in DETROIT. Journey to the West Part I There something sick and wrong with calling this adventure Journey to the West, which is a play on one of the famous Chinese classics that is better known as “The Monkey King”, but the fact is that I am headed west and this is a journey, so it seems fitting. I am sitting right now in the home of my student, Ring’s uncle. It is in a city located just outside of Chongquing. The journey has begun. I left Chenzhou two days ago in the middle of yet another cold and gloomy afternoon. The weather was dark and cloudy, reminding me of a Seattle winter morning. I departed the University, pack on my back in such a haste […]

Hotpotting

January 24, 2006 // 0 Comments

Journey to the west Part I Week one of my 33rd birthday and all is quiet for the time being. I am still in China, travelling through chongquing right now, taking it easy as I get ready for the long trek south to Thailand. I will be here in Chongquin about three more days and then its down to Kunming for Chinese New Year and then possibly to Dali and then to the Banna region –known for its lush forests and minority mixes–note:not the traditional China that I am growing somewhat tired of… Not to mention that it is very cold here–and the North is experiencing temperatures that they have not seen since the second world war. This is problematic. I can only speak for the southern region, but it would seem that there is very little heat in China in the form of centralized heating. There is such a strong reliance on the natural heat–which must suck in the summer as well–Chongquing is one of the hottest places in China during […]

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