Travel Tips Part Two

November 14, 2009  |  No Comments

I’m getting lazier and lazier but I promise higher quality posts in the future. Until then, here are some tips I accumulated! Enjoy! • Always pack safety pins and rubber bands. They come in handy in thousands of uses and counting. • A compact roll of duct tape is also key. • Before agreeing on a room and price, always ask to see the room first. That way there will be no surprises. Turn on the faucet and shower to make sure the water is adequately hot or cool to your liking. • When convenient, make sure you get small change (¥1, €1, $1,...

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Don’t Forget Tibet

November 13, 2009  |  No Comments

So Tibet, or the Tibet Autonomous Region, has been a very controversial place in recent times. Officially it is under Chinese rule, but being there gives a totally different feeling. The area has been resisting Chinese rule since the Cultural Revolution, maybe even longer. With a mix of old Tibetan culture, newly fused Han Chinese influence, Buddhism, picturesque landscape, and lots of yak, the area is strongly rooted in the old while incrementally experiencing transcending changes from the new. One thing making this happen faster is the Chinese government. A new railway was built specifically from Beijing to Lhasa, the capital...

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Kite Runnin’

November 12, 2009  |  No Comments

When I heard I was going to Kashgar I expected it to be a lot like Urumqi: big buildings, good chinese/uyghur fusion food, and the ever so cute uyghur girls. Instead, Kashgar turned out to have none of those things. Kashgar is in the west and is still a part of China so it’s not quite the middle east, but close enough. It looks a lot like a scene out of Aladdin, except some signs are in Chinese. It was where they filmed the movie Kite Runner. So you can imagine how run down this whole place is. Still, it’s...

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Mr. Solo Dolo Goes Koryo

November 8, 2009  |  No Comments

Note: Parts or all of this blog post have been censored by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) I left my laptop in Beijing while traveling into the DRPK. Since I couldn't blog on the computer I wrote about the experience down on hotel stationary. I will present them exactly the way I wrote them. Day 1 10/8/09 I woke up around 9 in beautiful Beijing, where I've learned how to comfortably navigate by now. Checked out of the hostel and went to Yashow Shopping building. The center is about 5 stories and has all sorts of clothes for men, women, and...

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greatwall + greatball = greatday

November 6, 2009  |  No Comments

“oh crap the sun is up” - me in the middle of Sanlitun bar street 6am Nihao! After some time squeezing out any tiny morsel of culture and partying I could in Dubai, I landed in Beijing THIRSTY. I couldn’t wait to exchange all my Dirhams into Chinese Yuan so that I could get this party started. I would just take $500 dollars worth of Dirhams and exchange them and be good for the week since China is a cheap place. This is when I faced the worst unplanned moment of the trip thus far. The Beijing Airport, even though is now...

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The Ugly: Ben Gurion

October 22, 2009  |  No Comments

I took a high speed train called the Renfe from Nice to Paris. I got to Paris around 5PM and at this point in my life I’m pretty good at navigating a strange place to get to where I have to go. I figured out which subway train to take from the main train station. Transportation systems are always interesting because each city has a slightly different way of doing things. In Paris, a sign pointing downwards means walk straight to the platform. A sign pointing upwards means take the stairs up to the upper platform. This might sound like...

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Ain’t Nothin’ to Fly, All the Way to Dubai

October 15, 2009  |  No Comments

“There is no such thing as a man and a woman in public here” - Kavita Colaco After a month of staying in small hostels, I decided it was time for a change while in Dubai. Dubai has very few hostels and heaps and heaps of hotels. Since the oil boom in the UAE, Dubai has been spending a large amount of money building tall skyscrapers, manmade islands, and infrastructure for tourism. I landed in Abu Dhabi and took a bus to Dubai. From there I walked through the depths of hell to get to my hotel. The man I was...

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Urumcheese!

October 10, 2009  |  No Comments

The flight to Urumqi (pronounced Urumchi) was long about 3 hours but it didn't feel like 3 hours. We landed and I got my bags okay. We decided to board a bus and it dropped us off at the hotel where I'm currently staying. The ride was ¥10. I'm kinda pissed at Urumqi because internet has been cut off. They cut it off because of the ongoing protest here. In Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang provence, they don't want to be apart of China. They want to be their own autonomous country. Here, the people are a mix of middle...

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The Good: Rosh Hashana

September 27, 2009  |  No Comments

“what’s the jewish year? well then let’s party like it’s 5770” - neezyP From Tel Aviv I took a bus east to Jerusalem to experience the Wailing Wall, or the Western Wall most call it. Almost everyone speaks Hebrew here but there are quite a good amount of people who speak english. They were helpful in pointing the way to the wall. So after three hours of trekking on foot I finally made it to the Wall. I never really was a religious person. My sister and I weren’t brought up with religion of any kind. Our parents didn’t practice any religion...

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Paris Get It Together

September 21, 2009  |  No Comments

I took a high speed train called the Renfe from Nice to Paris. I got to Paris around 5PM and at this point in my life I’m pretty good at navigating a strange place to get to where I have to go. I figured out which subway train to take from the main train station. Transportation systems are always interesting because each city has a slightly different way of doing things. In Paris, a sign pointing downwards means walk straight to the platform. A sign pointing upwards means take the stairs up to the upper platform. This might sound like...

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