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Last Day of the Second Time ‘Round

Friday, January 11th, 2008

When The Ig and I awoke the morning of what again would be our last day, the sun rose over North Korea,

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and I remember being relieved that by the end of the day, we’d be finished with this Shibble-forsaken adventure. I also remember thinking even if someone paid me a million bones, I would never–and I mean never–take on this trek again. Before I go on to finally show you the photos of our last day, I’m just gonna throw a little sum’in’-sum’in’ out there:

Never say never.

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It’s A Small World

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

The day The Ig and I reached Jiayuguan last January after restarting our trek, we checked into the Great Wall hotel, showered up and went downstairs to the hotel restaraunt.  It was cold and completely empty, and the hostess led us to a back room, where we were shocked to see two foreign women eating at a table.

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New Video

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

This video was taken a week or so out of Shanhaiguan, our ending point the first time. It’s just a tiny slice of what we saw while walking through villages.

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Fort Videos

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Before I post any more videos on the main page, I have a question; does anyone else get a short shound clip from the most recent video after the main page has loaded? Having to hear my own voice every time I come here is irritating as shite! At any rate, step inside to see the two videos.

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A Stop On The Silk Road

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

One of the most remarkable days in terms of discovering ancient remains happened back in January about 30k west of Guozhou in Gansu province.  From a distance The Ig and I could see what looked to be a fort, but in order to see it up close, we’d have to walk about 7-10k out of our way. 

Although I’d been ill the previous four days and wasn’t really up to the extra walking, I agreed to check it out.  Cutting across fields, through patches of scrub and wading through silt that at times was ankle deep, we finally got close enough to see that this was definitely going to be something special.

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How Time Flies

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

It’s been a long time since I’ve Triple Dog Dared anyone, and so today I have a challenge for ya’ll; where were The Ig and I one year ago today, and what were we celebrating?

Speaking of dares, here’s a photo of The Ig eating the brain out of a duck head after I’d bet him fifty kwai to do it.  And what does duck brain taste like, you ask?  According to The Ig, it tastes like pate.

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We’d found roasted duck not too long after our fruitless search on Thanksgiving, and I shot a short video of our meal.

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Spring Festival

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

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There was a time while in China when I thought the only kinda rockets the Chinese shot were made of snot and merely crashed and slimed to restaraunt floors.

That was before Spring Festival, or as we know it in the West, Chinese New Year.

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Western Goodies

Friday, July 27th, 2007

When The Ig and I finished our trek out at Tiger Mountain last March, we were excited to get back to Beijing; on a previous stay in the city we’d discovered Durty Nellie’s, an Irish pub where we enjoyed Shepherd’s pie, Irish stew and splurged on their pricey imported beverages.

Once back in Beijing, we dumped our bags at Base Camp and headed straight for Durty Nellie’s.  A few hours down the road found us getting a bit saucy with Nellie.

(Rob and Marsh; photos show Ig posing with a seated statue of “Nellie”.  In the first photo Ig’s hand is on her knee, and in the second he’s grabbing her, uhm, boob.)

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Guess That Mystery Dish!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

This video was taken back in…erhm, I dunno, somewhere chilly, as I’m wearing a coat. 

I remember the first dish I showed being absolutely inedible,

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Back In Bidness, Baby!

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Apparently corporate America was aware of how much I’ve been missing China; in an attempt to quell my longing, AT&T provided nearly three weeks of bureaucracy before finally hooking up the phone and internet at my new apartment.  AT&T’s red tape outdid China’s, as more than one person commented that I was more accessable in the flippin’ Gobi desert than here in Ypsilanti. 

At any rate, my apologies for the long absence, and as promised, I’ll be posting all the schtuff from the trek that I wasn’t able to get up while in China.

The video below was one I couldn’t load in China, and although I’m not exactly sure what’s in it, I do know it’s from Simatai.