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Alex

Remember Burma and Tibet?

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Hide
... and the cute Panda bears in China? I hope you do because had you forgotten and tried to go back and look them up again on the blog over the last couple of weeks, you would've certainly found all of my writing, but not any of the pictures... (Thanks, Lott, for catching this!)Well, the good news i... Read More
Alex

Seattle Spring

Posted by Alex on Thursday, April 8, 2010
photo album Seattle Spring: 12 new photos
Tags: Seattle
Alex

Who can build me the biggest Buddha?

Posted by Alex on Monday, April 5, 2010 Hide
The head's all that's left of this Buddha in Ayuthaya, Thailand. It's been here for a few centuries and nature has been trying to re-absorbWhen you go to far East Asia, most places tend to have a lot of Buddha statues. The predominantly Catholic Philippines remains an exception, but 'communist' Chin... Read More
Alex

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Posted by Alex on Thursday, April 1, 2010
photo album Ice, Ice, Baby!: 109 new photos
Alex

Britain

Posted by Alex on Monday, March 22, 2010
photo album Britain: 70 new photos
Alex

Yesterday, I drove from Europe to North America *

Posted by Alex on Saturday, March 20, 2010 Hide
I didn't think it was possible either - something about a large ocean in between, but then I behind the wheel of a car and well, just did it! All you've got to do is come to Iceland - the place sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, squarely on top of the continental divide:In fact, the North Ame... Read More
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Seattle, WA, USA

Day 113: 18 Mar, 2010, 17:11 GMT
back in Seattle just in time for St Pattrick's Day! Sunny too,as an extra bonus!
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Keflavik, Iceland

Day 113: 18 Mar, 2010, 05:49 GMT
Keflavik airport... it's sad, my last day traveling... this time around anyway!
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Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 113: 18 Mar, 2010, 05:47 GMT
back in Reykjavik just long enough to see the National Museum and head off for the airport
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Akureyri, Iceland

Day 111: 16 Mar, 2010, 22:37 GMT
day driving thru Iceland's spectacular East fjords. Sadly, no Norhtern Lights seen tonight, but met 3 Russians @our hotel
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Hofn, Iceland

Day 111: 16 Mar, 2010, 22:34 GMT
a day of driving past glaciers and waterfalls in amazing Iceland, followed by a lobster dinner here on the East coast!
Alex

Taiwan, the China I liked better!

Posted by Alex on Friday, March 12, 2010
photo album Taiwan, the China I liked better!: 71 new photos
Alex

Shcotish!

Posted by Alex on Thursday, March 11, 2010 Hide
Sean Connery, born in Edinburgh, Shcotland shpeaks funny. I went to Edinburgh, and it turns out that everyone up there shpeaks funny. But they are harder to understand than our favorite Bond hero...An obligatory shot of Sean Connery, courtesy of wikipedia, looking funny.But eventually, I moved on pa... Read More
Tags: Edinburgh
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Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 106: 11 Mar, 2010, 19:28 GMT
Fish and chips, Icelandic style! Tastes great, costs too much... Excited to try and see the Northern Lights up here
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Keflavik, Iceland

Day 106: 11 Mar, 2010, 19:25 GMT
Hello, Iceland! Definitely warmer here than in London... but where are the trees?
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London, England

Day 106: 11 Mar, 2010, 19:22 GMT
back to London on an overnight bus to have breakfast with Mattson, then on to Iceland!
Alex

The crazy world of China

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, March 10, 2010
photo album The crazy world of China: 73 new photos
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Edinburgh, Scotland

Day 103: 8 Mar, 2010, 23:21 GMT
And on to Scotland to visit Katy and Conor and see Edinburgh, which everyone I meet seems to find absolutely amazing.
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London Stansted Airport, England

Day 103: 8 Mar, 2010, 23:13 GMT
airport may already be in Scotland considering how long the drive is; why can't we have proper highways!?
Alex

Did you know...

Posted by Alex on Sunday, March 7, 2010 Hide
that it's a lot easier to find your way around a city in China and Taiwan (and certainly in obsessively user-friendly Japan) than it is in England? It's certainly true! England suffers from a few problems (not including the current frigid temperatures) - first of all, none of the streets are ever st... Read More
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London, England

Day 99: 4 Mar, 2010, 16:34 GMT
Back to London, where Jamie informs me that Stonehenge is where the banshees live...
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Stonehenge, England

Day 99: 4 Mar, 2010, 16:21 GMT
Morning trip to Stonehenge to see ancient ruins, then back to London. All great and easy except for the Britih rail ticket prices!
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Bristol, England

Day 98: 3 Mar, 2010, 20:35 GMT
Right, I'm supposed to put a location with that... In Bristol, to visit the Mongol Rally headquarters... Stonehenge tomorrow!
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Safety Third!

Day 98: 3 Mar, 2010, 19:54 GMT
In Bristol, to visit the Mongol Rally headquarters... Stonehenge tomorrow!
Alex

A breath of fresh air

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Hide
That's, in part, literal, of course - fresh air is hard to come by in Chinese cities. Tibet was nice enough, but Shanghai? Xi'an? Ugh... Taipei, the Taiwanese capital, on the other hand, is actually pleasant. It's still a big city, so it's not actually clean, but there's a lot of parks, a river, wit... Read More
Alex

As for the next flight...

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Hide
I didn't particularly want to be leaving Taiwan, mind you - I had friends here who were showing me around to some excellent places to eat in Taipei, the weather was pleasant, and the people far, far nicer than in mainland China. In fact, Lin and two of her friends were about to take a week-long bike... Read More
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London, England

Day 97: 2 Mar, 2010, 00:01 GMT
Hong Kong to London: sleep 6 hours on Doha flight, followed by 8 hours of drinking wine on next flight. Slight headache on arrival!
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Doha, Qatar

Day 96: 1 Mar, 2010, 04:57 GMT
Still Asia, but Persian Gulf sure doesn't look anything like China and Thailand! 5 Star(?) Qatar Airways flight was nice enough tho
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Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Day 95: 28 Feb, 2010, 03:41 GMT
thought I'd be making a loop here in Hong Kong, but already happened in Manila. Off to London tonight, aboard 5-star Qatar Airways
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Manila, Philippines

Day 94: 27 Feb, 2010, 21:32 GMT
developing unhealthy fascination w/cebu pacific airlines who dont do xfers well, but made up for it by getting me on earlier flight
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Taipei, Taiwan

Day 94: 27 Feb, 2010, 09:49 GMT
thought about going hiking, but was feeling tired and lazy, so a bunch of temples here in Taipei today, then leaving tonight
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Wulai, Taiwan

Day 93: 26 Feb, 2010, 14:00 GMT
An afternoon relaxing at the Wulai hotsprings after a day of seeing the gorge
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Hualien, Taiwan

Day 93: 26 Feb, 2010, 02:08 GMT
fairly quiet town of hualien on the coast for the night. Too bad i don't get to go further south to dive with hammerheads!
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Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

Day 93: 26 Feb, 2010, 02:05 GMT
getting out of taipei for a bit to see some of taiwan's mountains
Alex

Flight BR1701

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Hide
Airline: Eva Air (Taiwan)Origin: Shanghai,PRC (00:20, that's 20 minutes after midnight)Destination: Taipei, Taiwan (02:10)Airplane: Airbus A330-200A330-200 Seating Capacity: 293 (business class and economy)Cockpit Crew: 2Eva Air air-hostess staff: 10meal: includedNumber of passengers on board: Three... Read More
Tags: ShanghaiTaipei
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Taipei, Taiwan

Day 90: 23 Feb, 2010, 02:34 GMT
Good bye, China - Hello, Taiwan! Hello, free usable internets...
Alex

Hong Kong

Posted by Alex on Monday, February 22, 2010
photo album Hong Kong: 42 new photos
Tags: Hong Kong
Alex

China knows Scale

Posted by Alex on Monday, February 22, 2010 Hide
I took the train from Lhasa, high up in the Tibtan plateau, on the Western reaches of China to Xi'an, an ancient capital sort of in the middle of the country. This took 36 hours - it's a big country. 4th biggest in the world, larger than the continental US (but that's why we bought Alaska...). So, t... Read More
Tags: Xi'an
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Shanghai, China

Day 89: 22 Feb, 2010, 01:49 GMT
Shanghai for a day (after a looong bus ride), and on to Taiwan tonight!
Alex

The Roof of the World

Posted by Alex on Friday, February 19, 2010
photo album The Roof of the World: 89 new photos
Tags: LhasaDamxung
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Xi'an, China

Day 85: 18 Feb, 2010, 11:59 GMT
Chinese New Year officially becoming old @9:03 this morning when I woke up to more firecrackers outside... and ensuing car alarms
Alex

Burma

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, February 17, 2010
photo album Burma: 98 new photos
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Xi'an, China

Day 83: 16 Feb, 2010, 16:41 GMT
36 hours on a train later, and i'm in Xi'an, the ancient army of terracota warriors comes calling tomorrow!
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Xining, China

Day 83: 16 Feb, 2010, 16:09 GMT
off the Tibet plateau and back into China - there's actually more snow on the ground here!
Alex

Everest... aborted!

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 Hide
Now truly independent travel in Tibet isn't really possible. You need a special permit just to enter the place, you must be with a guide in order to enter any monasteries or temples, tourists aren't allowed to use public transport, and if you want to venture outside of Lhasa, you need a permit stati... Read More
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Lhasa, Tibet

Day 81: 14 Feb, 2010, 03:51 GMT
Back to Lhasa after seeing beautiful frozen Nam Tso lake and detouring to a steamy hotspring on way back
Alex

Tibet 101

Posted by Alex on Saturday, February 13, 2010 Hide
An introduction to life on the high plateau.Let's skip straight to the good stuff:The iconic Potala Palace occupying its majestic seat over the city of LhasaIt's Tibet - everything is surrounded by mountains hereBeen there, done that, haven't bought any t-shirts so farThe Palace lit up night... my c... Read More
Tags: Lhasa
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Damxung, Tibet

Day 78: 11 Feb, 2010, 03:56 GMT
Everest inaccessible (and invisible) due to bad weather, so a reroute for Nam Tso lake at 4351m above sea level instead
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Shigatse, Tibet

Day 76: 9 Feb, 2010, 03:56 GMT
off to see more of Tibet, heading for Everest!
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Lhasa, Tibet

Day 73: 6 Feb, 2010, 14:18 GMT
Holy Crap, I'm in Tibet! Flying straight to 3800m not the best idea, so acclimatizing and taking it easy for now
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Chengdu, China

Day 71: 4 Feb, 2010, 14:05 GMT
on to Chengdu for a day to visit with the cute baby pandas
Alex

Leaving Mandalay

Posted by Alex on Thursday, February 4, 2010 Hide
So, January 31st rolled around - I was on my last in Burma, still in Mandalay, and not yet out of cash... At 2:40 in the afternoon, I was getting on my flight for Kunming, in China, so in the morning, I borrowed a bicyle from my guesthouse and headed off for nearby Mandalay Hill.The hill itself wasn... Read More
Alex

Burma's Last Stand*

Posted by Alex on Thursday, February 4, 2010 Hide
You are thrust into the midst of streets of Mandalay, surrounded by maniacal Burmese drivers on all sides, and solemn Golden-domed stuppas further off. Your weapon of choice is a 125cc moped of questionable age an durability, but it still runs, spry as it was on its first day on the streets, in spit... Read More
Alex

Stats, trivia, and demographics

Posted by Alex on Thursday, February 4, 2010 Hide
I was going to include the following with the last post, but it failed... So, it now gives me a chance to see if email posting actually works...Some blogging statistics/trivia: - pictures taken: Jan 23-27  - post composed: Bagan, Jan 27 - text uploaded: Mandalay, Jan 29 (on attempt #4). Up... Read More
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Kunming, China

Day 69: 2 Feb, 2010, 03:49 GMT
In China, where life is so exciting - there are ATM's and my cell phone works again... There's even a Walmart
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Mandalay, Burma

Day 67: 31 Jan, 2010, 03:16 GMT
back to mandalay again and ready to head off to china
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Amarapura, burma

Day 66: 30 Jan, 2010, 03:16 GMT
last stop on the motorcycle adventure is u bein's bridge - a 1300 yard bridge built out of teakwood
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Inwa, Burma

Day 66: 30 Jan, 2010, 03:10 GMT
cruising around the burmese countryside on my rental scooter, from one ancient capital to the next
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Paleik, Burma

Day 66: 30 Jan, 2010, 02:56 GMT
just in time to see the 3 huge pythons living at the temple get their morning baths. Pics coming, i hope...
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Mandalay, Burma

Day 65: 29 Jan, 2010, 12:24 GMT
back walking around mandalay to see the major buddhist shrine here
Alex

Inle & Bagan

Posted by Alex on Friday, January 29, 2010 Hide
Yes, these two do probably deserve a post each, but I'm feeling lazy and tired, and the internet access speeds here in Burma are nothing short of infuriating, so it'll be a one post summary for both... Now to see if I can actually upload 15 pictures. Besides, Inle Lake, while certainly being beauti... Read More
Tags: Inle LakeBagan
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Mingun, burma

Day 65: 29 Jan, 2010, 02:24 GMT
day trip up the ayeyarwaddy river to see the giant unfinished temple here
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Mandalay, Burma

Day 64: 28 Jan, 2010, 11:13 GMT
fairly comfy train ride from Bagan; glad to find my tix to China here! Hope to fix website again once I get to China's internets
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Bagan, Burma

Day 60: 24 Jan, 2010, 14:52 GMT
Burma wins award for most uncomfortable 12hr busride in the world hands down; Now Bagan, ready to be amazed by the ancient temples!
Alex

A Rock of Gold and the Wrong Buddha

Posted by Alex on Friday, January 22, 2010 Hide
Legend states that the boulder maintains its precarious balance due to a precisely placed Buddha hair in the stupa. Apparently King Tissa received the Buddha hair in the 11th century from a hermit who had secreted the hair in his own topknot. The hermit instructed the king to search for a boulder wh... Read More
Tags: BagoKyaikhto
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Inle Lake, Burma

Day 57: 21 Jan, 2010, 07:48 GMT
insanely long and overly AC'd night bus over unpaved Burmese roads deposited me in Nyaungshwe, on the shores of Inle Lake
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Bago, Burma

Day 57: 21 Jan, 2010, 07:46 GMT
heading for Inle Lake with a bus change in Bago, home of the biggest reclining Buddha you'll ever see. Only 16 bus hours to go
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Kyaikhto, Burma

Day 57: 21 Jan, 2010, 07:44 GMT
Beautiful sunrise over the Golden Rock at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo. Just wish sun didn't have to rise so damn early!
Alex

Burma, Day 1

Posted by Alex on Monday, January 18, 2010 Hide
First day in Burma down, and so far so good! So far, while I'm still in the capital city of Yangon, I even have an internet connection. A highly flaky and a lot less than reliable internet connection, but it's something. Specifically, something that may very well be superior to what I'll have in the... Read More
Tags: Yangon
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Yangon, Burma

Day 53: 17 Jan, 2010, 16:27 GMT
Boldly going where I have not gone before (and where my cell phone doesn't work), but others have been here... Burma!
Alex

Now, with less gunfire!

Posted by Alex on Sunday, January 17, 2010 Hide
Last time I was in Bangkok, in May of 2008, I went to play frisbee pickup with the locals here. The field they play on is actually on an army base, and that time we got to play with the troops practicing on the firing range next door, which made for some unusual background noises. My two and a half ... Read More
Tags: YangonBangkok
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Bangkok, Thailand

Day 53: 17 Jan, 2010, 04:12 GMT
in Bangkok and getting ready to advance on Burma!
Alex

Won't Somebody Think of the Children!

Posted by Alex on Sunday, January 17, 2010 Hide
The week in Koh Tao wasn't actually entirely unproductive - we met James (who was doing acupuncture treatment at one of the resorts on the island) and his girlfriend, Faie. She had friends back on the mainland who were involved in putting together a two day English language camp for the local kids, ... Read More
Alex

Diving Similan

Posted by Alex on Saturday, January 16, 2010 Hide
Remember me? I used to post, tried to even post frequently. Recently though, I've been spending a lot of my time far removed from such civilized commodities as the internet, and when near the internet, I've been struggling to figure out how to actually use my laptop where half the keyboard works fin... Read More
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Ban Krut, Thailand

Day 51: 15 Jan, 2010, 01:09 GMT
170 thai kids plus dozen western volunteers -a 2 day english camp in thailand. Off to bangkok now
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Chumphon, Thailand

Day 48: 12 Jan, 2010, 06:46 GMT
a new route to Champhong to volunteer at an English language camp here with friends from Koh Tao
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Phuket City, Thailand

Day 48: 12 Jan, 2010, 06:44 GMT
Yeah, I made a circle! Not terribly excited about being back in Phuket though - good thing we're living in less than an hour then!
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Khao Lak, Thailand

Day 48: 12 Jan, 2010, 06:40 GMT
back from the trip, how does the real world work again where your days don't just consist of sleeping, eating, and diving?
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Richelieu Rock, Thailand

Day 48: 12 Jan, 2010, 06:34 GMT
It's a 'top 2' dive site in the world,think I'd like to visit the other 7-8? that make that claim...
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Similan Islands National Park, Thailand

Day 44: 8 Jan, 2010, 09:09 GMT
just finished 3rd dive in the similans; 11 more to come! So far so excellent
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Khao Lak, Thailand

Day 43: 7 Jan, 2010, 08:47 GMT
in Khao Lok, finding lots of German tourists... Off to dive the Similans for four days, leaving in a couple hours!
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Ranong, Thailand

Day 43: 7 Jan, 2010, 01:35 GMT
heading south
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Chumphon, Thailand

Day 42: 6 Jan, 2010, 22:58 GMT
overnight ferry from the islands and going boldly where a thai bus will take me!
dlott

Pura Vida

Posted by dlott on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Hide
Hello Internets!Itâ??s been a while since I (Lott) posted. Iâ??ve been mostly hanging out in Seattle for the fall and not had exciting stories to share. For Christmas I headed back to Maryland and then up to New York to visit my brother for New Years. I missed the big ball drop in Times Square, bu... Read More
Alex

on Koh Tao

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Hide
I got to the tiny secluded resort beach on the far side of the island and slowly strolled past the twenty-some people lazing about in the sun on the thin strip of yellow sand, My gaze lingered for a moment on the brunette wearing a dental floss bikini; I carried on. I went up and down the winding li... Read More
Tags: Koh Tao
Alex

Waiting... take 23. Happy New Year!

Posted by Alex on Sunday, January 3, 2010 Hide
At around 4 in the afternoon on Friday, Tim and I were sitting at the bar in the uber-fancy Peninsula hotel having a drink. Four hours later, my flight was scheduled to depart Hong Kong for Thailand, so at about 4:30 we paid the bill and headed off to the other end of the spectrum of luxury in accom... Read More
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Koh Tao, Thailand

Day 37: 1 Jan, 2010, 08:51 GMT
back to Tao after the Full Moon Party... Insanity and exhausted!
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Koh Phangan, Thailand

Day 36: 31 Dec, 2009, 10:55 GMT
Full Moon coincides with New Year's Eve about once every 19 years, so an extra big party on Koh Pangan - Happy New Year everybody!
Alex

Wide world of sports

Posted by Alex on Thursday, December 31, 2009 Hide
It started with Thai boxing back in, well, Thailand. Then I tried rugby (the sevens variety, which is the better kind) in Fiji, and footy in Melbourne (that's Australian Rules Football for those not in the know... or not in Australia), and sumo in JapanI love the man-mountain of sumoSouth America ad... Read More
Tags: Hong Kong
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Koh Tao, Thailand

Day 35: 30 Dec, 2009, 10:08 GMT
Now on Koh Tao and enjoying proper Panang Curry and Singha beer... Journey from Hong Kong took a total of 23 hours though...
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Koh Samui, Thailand

Day 35: 30 Dec, 2009, 03:21 GMT
on an island in thailand, waiting for next boat to get me to Koh Tao, THE island in Thailand i want to reach. Life is good!
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Phuket City, Thailand

Day 34: 29 Dec, 2009, 18:42 GMT
back in thailand! Just negotiated a middle of the night ride to the coast, i love that anything is possible in this country
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Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Day 34: 29 Dec, 2009, 12:02 GMT
@ HK airport, getting ready to fly to Phuket - getting excited about Thailand and the beaches!
Alex

Next time you need something colonized

Posted by Alex on Monday, December 28, 2009 Hide
or Manila vs. Hong Kong: a study in contrastsManila is the capital of the Philippines, a nation that had been a Spanish colony for three centuries until gaining independence at the start of the 20th century. Hong Kong has been a colony of the United Kingdom since being ceded to the British crown by ... Read More
Tags: ManilaHong Kong
Alex

The City of Lights

Posted by Alex on Sunday, December 27, 2009 Hide
If Paris is the City of Light, then Hong Kong is certainly the City of Lights, as in lots and lots of brightly-colored neon lights that burn through the night.A skyscraper lit up at nightA night-time overview of the cityAnd a nicely lit fountain near the waterfrontThere's really not a lot of places ... Read More
Tags: Hong Kong
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Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Day 32: 27 Dec, 2009, 10:42 GMT
horse racing and ultimate frisbee on a drizzly day in HK - excellent day, the rains be damned!
Alex

Philippines

Posted by Alex on Friday, December 25, 2009
photo album Philippines: 84 new photos
Alex

Life Aquatic

Posted by Alex on Friday, December 25, 2009
photo album Life Aquatic: 30 new photos
Tags: El Nido
Alex

Life Aquatic (without Steve Zissou*)

Posted by Alex on Thursday, December 24, 2009 Hide
A giant school of little yellow fish, which all got of our way very reluctantlyA colorful fish, which almost looks like a flower. We figured out the name after the dive, I wish I'd remembered it!A little blue eel working his disproportionally large mouth open and closed... unagi us tasty!Found a hum... Read More
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Safety Third!

Day 29: 24 Dec, 2009, 18:01 GMT
website fully operational again, after some hiccups in the Philippines. Now even w/advanced features like bug reports! Testing's useful...
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Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Day 29: 24 Dec, 2009, 15:51 GMT
first impression of Hong Kong is that it smells! Secondly, we get to it being a pretty and most unusual Asio-European city
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Manila, Philippines

Day 27: 22 Dec, 2009, 14:58 GMT
manila's a bit less bewildering when you know where you're going... Traffic still sucks though!
Alex

Here today, where tomorrow?

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Hide
There are chartered boats that plow the route up and down the West coast of Palawan, offering a more relaxing connection between Sabang, El Nido, and the mid-point station of Port Barton than the jeepney-beast.Wednesday, December 16th@ the boat 'office', which is housed in a beach-front restaurant, ... Read More
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Puerto Princessa, Philippines

Day 27: 22 Dec, 2009, 10:08 GMT
back in puerto princessa for my flight to chaotic manila for a nice shower and shave (it's been a while) and off to hong kong!
Alex

The Fire Breathing Monster of Palawan

Posted by Alex on Monday, December 21, 2009 Hide
We pulled up to the bus terminal at 11:50 and were greeted by a fire-breathing monster who had assumed the form a of rambling 40-year old bus in its present incarnation, the latest of many, I can only assume. Inside was a lively swarm of people, packed well beyond the intended limits of the manufact... Read More
Tags: Sabang
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El Nido, Philippines

Day 26: 21 Dec, 2009, 10:31 GMT
decide to spend couple more days in perfect El Nido - amazingly friendly people and great sites. Manila 2mrw, then HK!
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El Nido, Philippines

Day 23: 18 Dec, 2009, 11:18 GMT
sail nrth in banka boat thru gorgeus Palawan arcipelago Local superhero Sketchy Man along for 1st half A+ lunch: pizza
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Sabang, Philippines

Day 21: 16 Dec, 2009, 09:05 GMT
celebrating my birthday by enjoying a view of palm trees and waves breaking ashore outside my beach front bungalow
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Puerto Princessa, Philippines

Day 20: 15 Dec, 2009, 10:56 GMT
90 minute flight in the Philippines: $35, it's challenging Bolivia for title of least expensive country to travel in.
Alex

Odds and Ends

Posted by Alex on Monday, December 14, 2009 Hide
a few random thoughts as I've made my way down from Japan to the Philippines over the last day and a half...today's weatherSeattle: badTokyo (left) and San Diego (right): betterManila, Philippines: Just right!flying in luxury and styleAdmittedly, I am very much looking forward to my March 1st flight... Read More
Tags: OsakaManila
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Manila, Philippines

Day 18: 13 Dec, 2009, 17:18 GMT
it's nice to be back in the midst of contained chaos that is se asia! Also a lot warmer here than it was in japan...
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Kansai Airport, Japan

Day 18: 13 Dec, 2009, 09:44 GMT
managing minor website disaster @Kansai airport: fixed, but cant upload new file on airport network! I didnt really go to Africa..
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Osaka, japan

Day 18: 13 Dec, 2009, 02:59 GMT
couple of days of mongol rally reminiscing with joel in nagoya, now on to a half day in osaka before flying off south!
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Safety Third!

Day 17: 12 Dec, 2009, 10:08 GMT
website progress: we now have photos! It's not quite the final version (which is to import pictures automatically), but it's a start!
Alex

Whistler, 2009

Posted by Alex on Saturday, December 12, 2009
photo album Whistler, 2009: 32 new photos
Tags: Whistler
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Nagoya, japan

Day 17: 12 Dec, 2009, 06:29 GMT
sushi plus converyor belt = excellent!
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Nagoya, Japan

Day 16: 11 Dec, 2009, 10:32 GMT
back at Cafe Cornelius here in Nagoya almost a year after watching Joel, Taka, and Marina launch the place!
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Tokyo, Japan

Day 15: 10 Dec, 2009, 22:57 GMT
2 days in tokyo: saw friends, fixed bugs in website, saw a bunch of skyscrapers. Now on to nagoya for more of the same!
Alex

the website

Posted by Alex on Thursday, December 10, 2009 Hide
I've added a couple links on the main blog page already, but let's have an official announcement of sorts - I now have a travel website: http://www.safety3rdblog.com/. I had wanted a site that would link together a map of where I'm traveling, the blog, and photos from along the way in some sort of a... Read More
Tags: Tokyo
Alex

Sometimes I get bored...

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Hide
So, I was in San Diego last week. I had my camera with me (because Whistler had found it after I had lost it). I also had a new camera, which was to be the replacement for the lost one. So now, I needed to send the new one back. $8 shipping seemed like a reasonable fine to pay for losing my camera, ... Read More
Tags: San Diego
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Tokyo, Japan

Day 13: 8 Dec, 2009, 12:58 GMT
back in Japan - looking forward to seeing friends, good Japanese food (say sushi, on, say, a conveyor belt), and the Philippines
Alex

Home Sweet, Tokyo!? Home

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 Hide
I'm back in Tokyo! The city of pachinko machines, unnecessarily complicated subways, and home of Sakura hostel, where I stayed before and am staying now. So Tokyo is still much too weird to actually feel like home, but it does feel fairly familiar, even a little comfortable perhaps. The trip over he... Read More
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Narita, japan

Day 13: 8 Dec, 2009, 08:32 GMT
so i'm back in japan, which is still fairly cold. The flight taught me that i still don't like 12 hour flights!
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Los Angeles, CA, USA

Day 12: 7 Dec, 2009, 18:49 GMT
past security and some vague form of immigration and i'm now staring at my jal plane for tokyo
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San Diego, CA, USA

Day 12: 7 Dec, 2009, 07:25 GMT
its 30 degrees in seattle; 56 here in san diego; and 84 in the philippines. Good thing i'm off for asia tomorrow!
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San Diego, CA, USA

Day 9: 4 Dec, 2009, 04:17 GMT
a four day stoppover visiting with family in San Diego before heading out to Asia again!
Alex

Whistler and the record snow fall of '09

Posted by Alex on Thursday, December 3, 2009 Hide
So, after getting ourselves (and the 7 dogs) thoroughly satiated with a Thanksgiving meal, it was time for a different Thanksgiving tradition: Whistler! As a matter of fact, Theo and Tina, being clearly much more hardcore than any of the rest of us, drove right up there Thursday night after dinner. ... Read More
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Seattle, WA, USA

Day 6: 1 Dec, 2009, 12:17 GMT
last day in Seattle - off to sunny San Diego tomorrow
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Whistler, BC, Canada

Day 3: 28 Nov, 2009, 17:16 GMT
riding through powder in Whistler
Alex

The winter cometh

Posted by Alex on Friday, November 27, 2009 Hide
- "So you killed a guy, then moved cities, and killed another guy? You gotta stop doing this shit, man - they are gonna catch you and put you in the fucking chair!"I think Seattle is a perfectly safe city, but as I've been walking around a lot more lately, occasionally I now get to overhear an inter... Read More
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Issaquah, WA, USA

Day 1: 26 Nov, 2009
Amazing Thanksgiving dinner with friends in Seattle - now getting ready to hit the road again!


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