Monthly Archives: April 2013

Scenes from a Tibetan Wedding

Hey look, you’ve been invited to tag along and take photos at a Tibetan Wedding. Score! Ready for some awesome outfits and spectacular headwear? These gentleman will kindly accept your (mandatory) donation. Mother of the Groom. M of the G … Continue reading

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Why I Came Back to China

That’s right, the answer is: FOOD! It’s not that Vietnam doesn’t have good food. It definitely does. Incredible fruit. Aromatic herbs. Cheap coconuts and avocados. Insane curries. Hanoi and Saigon have incredible expat food scenes. And yet, while cycling, I … Continue reading

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Travels with Hyeongnim 5: Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangri-La

Oh, Yunnan, province of incomparable beauty! Your mountains can bring a cyclist to his knees; your vistas can bring him to tears; your winds can freeze those very tears to his face. Your fields offer boundless bounty, but your restaurants … Continue reading

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Travels with Hyeongnim 4: Yulongxueshan, Hutiaoxia

In which we leave the company of various Chinese friends for a week of great views, punishing climbs, and freeeeeeeeezing nights. We set off early in the morning, stopping with head lowered and tail between my knees at a pants … Continue reading

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Travels With Hyeongnim 3: to Lijiang

Out of Dali and on towards Lijiang, another ancient capital city, still in good/renovated shape, and much like Dali a major (perhaps the major) part of the tourist trail. Interestingly enough, there didn’t seem to even be a tourist trail … Continue reading

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Travels with Hyeongnim 2: to Dali with the Little Crickets

I kind of wrote my heart out on that last post – in particular, the Korean took a lot out of me. Despite 3 weeks speaking Korean and feeling nearly fluent, my writing skills leave a lot to be desired. … Continue reading

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Travels with Hyeongnim 1: Kunming, or is this Korea?

“형님과의 여행 1: 곤명…아니면 여기는 한국인가?” 이번글(만!)은 한국어판도 나옵니다. This entry (and only this entry!) comes in Korean as well. 한국어 실련은 매일 조금씩 떠러지니까 부끄러운데. Though I’m embrassed about how my Korean skill is faltering daily. Once upon a … Continue reading

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Vietnam 5: Appointment in Saigon

If you take a look at the Mike Map, you’ll see that after moving at turtle pace down through the east coast of China, I jumped across nearly all of Vietnam in one fell swoop of a train journey. Thirty-four … Continue reading

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Vietnam 4: Hanoi

Editor’s note: Post has been redone and previously missing photos have been inserted.  Sorry the formatting is a little sloppy.   A little achronological and such, but here are some odds and ends from my time around Hanoi at the … Continue reading

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