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In Search of Breakfast

Every morning, we generally wake up around 5 or 6am, and wait a second, then make our way onto the streets in search of some food. America has no concept of street food (other than say a hotdog cart) so we’ve just been indulging at nearly every opportunity we come...

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The Village of Aishanmen

We stayed at The Giggling Tree Hostel in the very small village of Aishanmen – about 3 km outside of Yangshuo. It was nestled deep in the Karst mountains and away from the busy streets – in fact you have to drive on a bumpy dirt road for a while...

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The Dragon’s BackBone – Longji Rice Terraces

I was very happy to be leaving Yangshuo today. It started out quite well with our taxi being about 20 minutes early so there was no need to worry about being late for the bus. The only moment of slight panic was when the bus arrived but our travel agent...

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Its hot and I have work and everything is great.

I’ve been practicing my mandarin recently – specifically today. The problem is that I ‘look’ Chinese to everyone here, so they expect me to speak the language. After a bike ride and trek to Moon Hill today, and while Leah took a nap I decided to go walking out for...

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24 Hour Train Ride to Yangshuo & Radio Silence

Hello! After our awesome 24 hour train ride from Beijing to Guilin - where we met some incredible people, we were picked up at the train station and brought to our next hostel, located in the very tiny town of Aishanmen, just outside of Yangshuo – we’re deep in the karst...

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Pengyou Time

Pengyou = Friend, and yesterday was a friend-filled day.  First we went to the Dirt Market, Panjiayuan.  This place is only open on weekends and it is packed full of vendors, shoppers, and pretty much any Chinese art, souvenir, antique, etc. you could ever hope to find.  Some people get...

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Leaving Beijing – And Coming Back!

We are leaving Beijing today – and coming back at the end of the month. It will be nice because we’re staying at the same hostel when we get back – and the staff is kind of like extended family almost. Just very friendly, helpful, casual, and always up for...

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The Beijing Dirt Market & 798 District

On this day in Beijing, China we made new friends and everything felt a little less touristy, less foreign, and more like we belonged, or at least could eventually find our groove when we choose to leave the US and make the move not across the pond, but across the...

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Beijing Is Wearing Me Out

Yes. I am getting run down and I’ve only been here for three days. Fortunately, instead of taking a 2 hour + bus ride to the Great Wall tomorrow, we’re just going to relax a little – and I’m going to work on my reports that I really need to...

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Day Two Quick Summary Before Bed – 2AM

It’s nearing 2AM here in Beijing and I’m just up finishing some work and then posting really quick. First, here is Leah saying good morning today before we went out and about. (tomorrow is my turn to be ummmm.. embarassingly awesome – we’ll get better as the days go on)...

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