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Japan- almost the end

JAPAN | Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | Views [605]

The first thing I noticed about Japan is that almost NO ONE speaks English. It is just as bad as China. I thought somehow it would be better. Also the technology is not very good, especially considering the cars and cell phones that are made, or at least ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping

Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | Views [484]

In how many cities can you go above the tallest skyscrapers and look down? You can in Hong Kong from The Peak viewpoint. You can see all the lights and the harbour as well. Rob and I had a great time visiting the beaches around Repulse Bay, shopping in ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Singapore and Malaysia

SINGAPORE | Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | Views [459]

I arrived two days ago to Singapore, which seems very safe and clean compared to the rest of southeast asia. There is still a little garbage on the streets, but people have fined for littering, smoking on the street etc. so it is much cleaner than most ... Read more >

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Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Island

THAILAND | Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | Views [466]

I had a great time down in Southern Thailand. It was mostly sunny and I stayed on Karon Beach which is a beautiful long beach with squishy white sand and not too many people. I was there for the beach volleyball world tour and watched the Thai girls lose ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Trekking in Chiang Mai

THAILAND | Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | Views [666] | Comments [1]

Yesterday and today I went on a trek to see several hill tribes in the area and ride elephants, whitewater raft, bamboo raft and visit a waterfall. I had quite the international group of 13. I got to speak spanish with a couple from Argentina and attempt ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


LAOS | Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | Views [503]

Laos was such a treat after the noise and confusion of Vietnam. Luang Prabang is a small town with only one ATM and tons of nice people, good restaurant and cheap shopping. I happened to be there for the festival celebrating the river so there were tons ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Halong Bay, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Saturday, 27 Oct 2007 | Views [482]

I just got back to Hanoi from a 3 day, 2 night trip to the breathtaking Halong Bay. It's just 2 hours from Hanoi and is an area with thousands of limestone rocks jutting out of the sea. The pics are in the Part 2 of the snapfish pictures. It was hazy, ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Saigon and Nha Trang

VIETNAM | Saturday, 20 Oct 2007 | Views [519]

Arriving in Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, was a lot easier than in Cambodia. The bus pulled in close to where we wanted to go and the drivers were less forceful. We walked to a traveler's cafe before deciding which of the dozens of places we should stay ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Phonm Penh

CAMBODIA | Saturday, 20 Oct 2007 | Views [493]

The second we stepped off the musty coffin like boat (we could sit in the sun on the roof though, and that was fabulous) we were surrounded by tuk tuk drivers all trying to take us to guesthouses for comission. One lone driver had a sign that said "... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Cambodia border and Siem Reap

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 14 Oct 2007 | Views [661] | Comments [1]

Getting to Siem Reap yesterday was quite an adventure. We left at 7:30 AM and drove 3 hours after taking an extra hour to pick up people. We stopped at a restaurant near the border and ate lunch while they processed our visas for us for an extra $16.... Read more >

Tags: Scams & Robberies


THAILAND | Sunday, 14 Oct 2007 | Views [463]

Hi all, I have only spent a few days in Bangkok so far, but it is a lot of fun and very colorful and busy. I stayed in the infamous Khao San Road where hundreds of travelers stay. The street has dozens of travel agents, food stalls, bars, restaurant ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: Beijing and the Great Wall

CHINA | Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Mongolia

MONGOLIA | Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

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CHINA | Saturday, 6 Oct 2007 | Views [454] | Comments [2]

Beijing is loud, confusing and busy, and today very wet. We arrived last night and had a delicious Chinese food dinner of Peking duck and other specialties. Today we explored the Forbidden City in a little downpour. The temples were really big and impressive.... Read more >

Tags: Culture


MONGOLIA | Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | Views [396]

Ulan Bator is much more western than Russia. People speak English and signs are sometimes in English too. We went to a monastery and saw kids as young as 6 learning Tibetian Buddhism and little else. We also saw huge gold Buddah's and spun the 108 prayer ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gallery: Lake Baikal/Train

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Saturday, 29 Sep 2007 | Photo Gallery

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the train and Lake Baikal

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Saturday, 29 Sep 2007 | Views [523]

 Getting to Lake Baikal took 4 nights and 3 days on the train, but it was worth it. The Lake is the the largest freshwater lake on earth. It's 623 km long and 25-80 km wide and 1.6 km deep in the middle. The only bigger still body of water is the Caspian ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

treasures in moscow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Saturday, 22 Sep 2007 | Views [454]

Yesterday we went to the Kremlin and I went inside the Armory with all the state weapons, coronation outfits, gold plates and silver and gem covered Bibles. It was amazing how many riches the Russian Tsars had. I saw the double throne for the boy kings ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

more St. Petersburg and Moscow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | Views [440]

We went out to a fun bar that played American music on Tuesday night and played foosball with some local guys and danced. The club was fairly empty as it was a Tuesday, but we met a nice American guy from New York and an Australian. Wednesday we went ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: St. Petersburg, Moscow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | Photo Gallery

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