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Lighting out for the territory nce more in the Middle East. The more I travel the more I want to travel and the longer that I am out of England the happier I am. At present in Iraq and having a wonderful time. really fallen in love with the country and the people. Very glad I came and

Tues 25th Nov - Beijing

CHINA | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | Views [451]

Long and tiring day cheered by walking into Devin in the lobby. He is not in a Chinese jail but does have to wait a week for his visa. Not being charged for his inadvertent overstay as charming female official let him off on condition that he 'say beautiful ... Read more >

Tags: angels again, devin (bravery of)

Gallery: Beijing

CHINA | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Train from Lhasa to Beijing

CHINA | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

highest railway in the world
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Mon 24th Nov - Beijing

CHINA | Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | Views [414]

Sat in free minivan for Zen Hotel with a dozen Muslims. But the Zen has no dorm room, no English and no cafe so get money back and find friendly rickshaw man who cannot take me himself (Police?) but writes address of far East hostel for me to show cab ... Read more >

Tags: angels, cheese, kitsch, mao

Sun 23rd Nov - on the train to Beijing

CHINA | Sunday, 23 Nov 2008 | Views [498]

Early stop at Xingxing. photos of station, two Tibetans looking down from a bridge and a snack cart. Wonder if there are awards for this kind of photography?  9.30am. The restaurant car is full of train personnel eating their heads off but for me, ... Read more >

Sat 22nd Nov - Lhasa to Beijing

CHINA | Saturday, 22 Nov 2008 | Views [560]

AWESOME!!!! Yusuf called me at 6 and had toast and marmalade ready. Pema collects me at 7 am and we drive to huge modern station. A showpiece, I think. No one minds me taking pics. I am so happy I could burst! So luxurious, this soft class. Flowers, ... Read more >

Tags: red army, soft class

Fri 21st Nov - Last day in Lhasa

CHINA | Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | Views [428]

Awake early from dreadful dream about Chinese vampires. And the day gets worse as I discover I have lost my first journal, the one with all my addresses. Not in the lobby, not in the room, not in Snowland restaurant which is the last time I remember ... Read more >

Gallery: Lhasa, Oh Lhasa

CHINA | Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Thurs 20th Nov - Lhasa, Tibet

CHINA | Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 | Views [530]

Cry off the trip to the Potala Palace which is seriously high up. Go to the Bank of China instead to change money and discover that Nepali rupees are unwanted in town. looks like a lousy day but Ahmed back at the hotel says his dad will probably change ... Read more >

Tags: buddha, tibetan looks

Wed 19th Nov - Tibet

CHINA | Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 | Views [341]

Tsampa for breakfast and a good warm at yak dung stove. Gave Derbyshire postcard to nice lady. Off to Lhasa on the Freindship Highway again. We climb and we climb and come to a first beautiful and intensely blue lake. It is high and very cold and pretty ... Read more >

Gallery: Mountains, passes, lakes

CHINA | Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: On the road in Tibet

CHINA | Tuesday, 18 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Tuesday 18th Nov - Gyantse, Tibet

CHINA | Tuesday, 18 Nov 2008 | Views [280]

Got here early and checked in to superb, luxurious hotel. Again with the twin-bedded room, wallpaper and tv. Chinese tv is OK but has no Hollywood movie channel like India and Nepal. i know, I know, but you do get spoilt sometimes and watching the Sixth ... Read more >

Tags: carrots!

Mon 17th Nov - Xigatse

CHINA | Monday, 17 Nov 2008 | Views [809]

Tibet is really, really cold and dry. We arrived at very posh but freezing hotel. Again I have a twin bed room to myself while the boys share. Bed is cold and damp so open it up to air through. Gandi is here and we have hot drinks in my room and she ... Read more >

Tags: cold, yak dinner

Sun 16th Nov - Lhatse

CHINA | Sunday, 16 Nov 2008 | Views [284]

We have done three passes - all festooned with prayer flags, the last one at 5,200 metres and I am not dead yet. Jon, who is a Tibetan Buddhist, has a headache; Devin is fine; I have a cough but then I had a cough before I got here. On the road we stop ... Read more >

Tags: card sharp, yak dung stove

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