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Asia » Nepal » Pokhara August 1st 2006

this week we spent a whole week doing the same thing we did last week in Kathmandu (nothing much) this time on the side of a lake at Pokhara. the only thing that changed is that we added one activity - complaining that we are doing nothing for 2 weeks. Pokhara is even more relaxed then Kathmandu surrounded by a lake on one side and green mountains on the other. there are also supposed to be large mountains above but the Monsoon clouds, that hang all day long, make seeing the mountains nearly impossible besides seeing then on the postcards. It was VERY hot and humid this week. the first day we did a 3 hr walk up to the "peace- temple" on a hill above the city. choosing the HOTTEST day of the week and ... read more
Phewa lake
walking arround Pokhara
the Annapurna mountain range

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu July 23rd 2006

We are in Katmandu, our first vacation spot on our trip. It is 180 degrees different then Tibet. Not only the scenery that changed from our decent from the dry mountains of the Tibetan platue to the green, river filled hills for Katmandu valley. If China was a very regulated place then immediately after crossing the boarder you feel the chaos of the Far East. The smells of insent (KTORET) and curry. The language is suddenly familiar (English). Even the driving is done on the other side of the road so not to confuse this place with china. We also have for the first time in over a month a shower in the room at a real hotel (with a lobby and everything) and all we could do is sing the Holy-Holiday song :) In the ... read more
Swayambhunath  temple
Shoping
Patan - Durbar Square

Asia » China July 18th 2006

The end We left this huge country with Arik Einstein singing in my ears. The views at the beginning of the day were beautiful - brown mountains, no plants, herds of sheep, small villages, kids waving at us... after 3h of riding, at once the scenery changed 180 degrees to this amazing views of waterfalls, green everywhere, beautiful flowers in beautiful colors. Welcome to Nepal :-) The beginning Trying to summarize our Chinese experience was not that easy as we have done so much, been to so many places, met so many different people. The country is huge, enormous, the scenery is varied and you can find here everything you look for, deserts, lakes, mountains, people from different minorities, believing in different gods, having varied customs. Before leaving Israel, while buying a thermal shirt, the ... read more
Last city in China
first "city" in Nepal

Asia » China » Tibet » Friendship Highway July 17th 2006

rarely is a week at home and going to work better then a week of travel. at some points this week we had a feeling this was one of those rare weeks.... to travel in Tibet outside Lhasa and the surrounding areas a western traveler cannot just hop on a local bus like in the rest of China. one reason being that the public transportation is not so good and doesn't go to most touristy places but the main reason is the fact that to get to most places one needs special permits that can be obtained only with the help of travel agencies. so we put up signs in the major backpacker hotels to look for 2 more people to share a 7 day jeep tour with us. while putting up the 9th sign ... read more
Tibet
Tibet
Samya

Asia » China » Tibet » Lhasa July 10th 2006

We arrived to Lhasa by plane. we really wanted to get to Tibet with the new train that opened last week but there was a 10 day (!) waiting list and our visa to China expires in 3 weeks so we flew. BTW the soft seat train (48hr) is only 20usd less then the flight (2hr) we entered the city through the Chinese part which looks like any other Chinese city we visited. but the bus stopped right under the Potala Palace and we walked to the Tibetan side of the town and the atmosphere changed. the Tibetan side is full of pilgrims going between the temples and praying and the atmosphere is very relaxed. we stayed at a nice hotel in the Tibetan area. we were on the 3rd floor - higher then most buildings ... read more
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Asia » China » Beijing June 29th 2006

arriving after yet another night train to China‘s capital our first impression was that this is the most crowded place we have been to。 There were thousands of people in the station。 Add to that the heat and humidity and our first instinct was to buy a ticket out of there imidiatly!too bad we did not follow our intuition。。。 We were actually very excited to travel to Beijing。After 2 months in China we wanted to see the center of activity。 Seeing the biggest palaces, the highest buildings, the nicest places of the great-wall。 We were also looking forward to eating in good restaurants and generally resting。 It took us 2 hours in Beijing traffic (and too much money for a taxi because we were kicked out of the bus for some reason) to arrive to ... read more
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao June 25th 2006

Hi all This week was dedicated to 2 things. The first was making our way from Kashgar in the south-west of china to Beijing in the north- east a total of over 5000 km! The second thing was learning about the history of China. Went to 2 good museums in Urumqi and Xian and we now know all the Chinese dynasties from 500BC to the last emperor in the 20th century by heart. we saw archeological sites in Xian the historical capital of China till about the 10th century and saw endless Confucian and Taos temples in Pingyao - one of the riches cities in China till the 19th century when it went bankrupted and did not have the money to modernize in the 20th and 21st centuries. Beeing a Celeb Everywhere we go people say ... read more
Pingyao
Pingyao
Pingyao

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar June 15th 2006

hi, after looking at our photos we saw we have a large number of ones showing doors. we found that statistic strange and thought maybe someone would find the photos interesting. so here is the appendix to our Kashgar entry. Dont forget to read about Kashgar in the main entry: Kashgaria enjoy ... read more
The Doors of Kashgar
The Doors of Kashgar
The Doors of Kashgar

Asia » China » Xinjiang June 12th 2006

the LAMETAYEL ODAFIM travel store is just 5 minute away from my work and I stop there once in a while to look at stuff and get some inspiration. A year and a half ago I bought a few 2nd hand Lonely Planet books. I choose to buy books with exotic names and of places I will probably never visit so I can read about their history and look at the pictures to see places I will never see. One of the books I bought was about a highway - Karakorum highway. In the store I did not even recognize by looking at the map exactly where it was, only that it was deep in central-Asia. At home I understood it was a highway connecting Pakistan and western China. on one side a country i cannot ... read more
Kashgar - main Bazzar
Kashgar - main Bazzar
Kashgar - main Bazzar

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Lake Kanas June 9th 2006

hi all Kanas park was in it's springtime and it was full of flowers. we were overwhelmed by how many diffrent kinds of flower there were there. Hagit thought that there is no need to send so many flower photos in our blog so this is a flower appendix to our previous entry: This is the real Kanas Park blog entry if you got 2 link today then LOOK AT THE PREVIOUS ENTERY. it is more intresting :) ... read more
Lake Kanas flowers
Lake Kanas flowers
Lake Kanas flowers




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