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Summer 2016 Entry 7: Xi’an Part Two

Xi’an is a big distraction because it has so many attractions! I felt like a monkey surrounded by so much bright and shiny bling! Every time I focused on going to one place, I’d see an equally interesting one and … Continue reading

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Summer 2016: Entry 6: Xi’an and Its Warriors — Part 1

It took about 45 minutes to get to the Luoyang Longmen Station for the high-speed train to Xi’an. David’s older brother wanted to stay with me to be sure I got the right train, but his little daughter, “Dede,” was … Continue reading

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Summer 2016 Entry 5: Luoyang, China

The first thing you notice about Luoyang, indeed most cities here, is the haze of fog and pollution. In the winter, there are even alerts to stay indoors because of the poor air quality. I know first-hand that any lung … Continue reading

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Summer 2016 Entry 4: Road to Luoyang

Although it sounded like a good idea at the time, I was having second thoughts about leaving for Luoyang that very night after returning to Beijing from the Great Wall. However, getting out of the noisy, polluted, overcrowded city, no … Continue reading

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2016 Summer Entry 3: Beijing, China

My Chinese friend, Ya Xi (David), warned me that China would be hot as hell and crowded in August, but that did not deter me! It’s hot in New York and Bangkok in August, so what’s the difference? The opportunity … Continue reading

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2016 Summer Entry: Entry 2: Vientiane, Laos

  Just my luck. The train bound for Nong Khai, and the Thai-Lao border, left Bangkok and arrived on time. That never happens! As usual, I slept well on the train. When I got off, I ran into two women … Continue reading

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2016: Summer Entry 1: Bang Saen-All in a Day

It seems like the only way it will not rain is when I have my umbrella. The other day in Bang Saen, I was out walking. It was a little breezy and I should have known better, but I had … Continue reading

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