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Behind The Blog

Behind The Blog

As our three months in Asia nears a close, it seems it’s about time for another behind the scenes peek at life on the road. 49 blogs and 6 countries later, the second leg of our trip is about in the books, and it’s mindboggling to think we’ve been gone for over six months now! Let us now take a moment to celebrate our successes by sharing some of our [not so] finer moments:   Some of our lavish transportation…

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Trans-Mongolian Railway

Trans-Mongolian Railway

One of the things I had on my list for this trip was to take the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest rail journey in the world. Begun in 1890, the rail line was designed to serve cities throughout Siberia that were difficult to access thanks to poor roads, and now spans 5,772 miles at its longest (though our journey was to be a paltry ~4,700 miles). It seemed like a unique way to see large stretches of rural countryside, in a…

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Fast Facts:
China

Fast Facts:
China

WHAT WE DID: Spent one week in Beijing (at a guesthouse off Wangfujing Road, ~3km from The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square).   WHAT WE LIKED: Beijing’s metro was quite good – cheap, clean, easy to navigate, and the trains ran very frequently… a great way to get around the city. The Great Wall was as cool as we expected it to be. After being so disappointed with Beijing, I feared that wall wouldn’t live up to my expectation, and…

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The Great Wall

The Great Wall

Naturally, while in China, we had to see the Great Wall. In an effort to escape the crowds, we signed up for two days of hiking with an organization called Beijing Hikers, whose trips tend to move outside of the easily accessible, and hence congested, areas of the wall. Our hike leader was a loud, crass, hilarious woman from Chicago named Mill (or Millie) with boundless energy and no hesitation about speaking her mind. The Great Wall’s total length is…

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Beijing

Beijing

Our journey to Beijing was a long, 35-hour train ride from Hanoi, spanning two nights. It started off rocky when the person arranging our tickets was late dropping them off, leaving a cluster of us frantic and wondering whether we’d make our train. Our moods weren’t helped when the Chinese boarder immigration official deliberately ignored our polite pleas and written request to stamp on an already-used page, choosing instead to deface a pristine sheet and reducing our precious visa pages…

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