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China: Reflections on the Great Divide

After nearly two months in China, Sasha and I have holed up in a hotel in Katmandu, Nepal where we’re taking advantage of some unfettered access to the Internet to catch up on the blog and wait for Sasha’s sister to arrive. We’ve gotten more questions about China and what it’s like from friends and family than any other place we’ve visited. We’re still soaking in everything we learned from China — some good,... Read More

Totalitarian Time Zones

We just arrived in Nepal. As we crossed the border we set our watches and cameras back two hours and 15 minutes (UTC +5:45). Not sure whose idea it was to put them a quarter of an hour off from the rest of the world but we’re going along with it. Of course, that’s nothing compared to China’s time zone craziness. All of China is in a single time zone UTC +8. This is despite the fact that China spans five international time zones.... Read More

Then Tell The World

The Dalai Lama said, “Go to Tibet and see many places, as much as you can; then tell the world.” Here it goes… Visiting Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama, was the most difficult day of the trip so far. The palace was stunning. Perched on a hill overlooking Lhasa, it has all the history, spirituality, and humble grandeur the home of the Dalai Lama might be expected to command. But today, it’s... Read More

These aren’t the Terracotta Warriors You’re Looking For

Sasha and I were excited to see the famed Terracotta Warriors – over eight thousand human sized, 2200 year old Chinese warriors, each entirely unique, buried with Qin Shi Huang the first Emporer of China to protect him in the afterlife. Located in Xian, a sleepy town of over 10 million, the Terracotta Warriors are the most notable tourist destination in town. Since this week is the busiest week for tourism in China, because every one has a holiday,... Read More

Beijing “Cirque du Soleil”

We ventured to the Chinese acrobatic show on one of our last nights in Beijing. They could easily be recruited for Cirque du Soleil — seven women on a bicycle is always impressive. A bicycle made for seven.  Read More

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