One of the late-model train engines, somewhere near Chita.
on January 7, 2012 at 11:10 / in Blog

Trans-Siberian Railway: Russia Blog, May-June 2003

This is an old blog/journal writeup of mine from my adventure on the Trans-Siberian railway.  Between the end of May and the end of June 2003 myself and a friend (Ed, of the China blog fame) traversed the full length of Russia on a train.  Starting in the far-eastern city of Vladivostok, we spent 3 weeks getting to St. Petersburg, […]

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The Great Wall snaking off into the distance.  Ryan is visible on the right, "slipping and sliding" to the next tower.
on January 5, 2012 at 02:24 / in Blog

China Blog, February-May 2003 (Part 2)

This is the second part of my experience teaching English in China. I was based in Heng Shui City, Hebei Province, a few hundred kilometres south of Beijing.  This was back in the day when working in Beijing itself was considered a “hardship post”, and so not even in Beijing, this was a “double-hardship” post.  While life in Heng Shui […]

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The author posing with China's great chairman Mao Zedong.
on January 4, 2012 at 09:42 / in Blog

China Blog, February-May 2003 (Part 1)

This is my oooooooold blog from Winter/Spring 2003, the first ever trip to China, back in the day when I was a nice guy and George W. Bush was popular. Originally on my website, this went offline for a few years, but now that I decided to share all these tidbits of my travels through youtube and this site, […]

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Travel advice request #426
on December 30, 2011 at 15:57 / in Blog

Travel advice request #426

Every day I get about 20 e-mail messages from viewers asking for advice.  I actually really enjoy getting these, as you can almost feel the excitement of their upcoming excursions, and it always feels good to dispense (what i believe to be) good advice. Here is a letter received on December 30th 2011… Hi, My name is Kyle ##### and […]

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