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Published: March 4th 2012
A breaking time of my trip to recover my health from malaria, my plan was crossing Himalaya from Nepal to Tibet, but my health condition didn't allow me to do that route, the weather was getting colder in north hemisphere, so I came to south of China to be with family in Chinese new year, and waiting for a warmer weather to restart my journey, because I will go to Pakistan from Xinjiang, and the temperature in Xinjiang will be positive only in March.
To get Pakistan visa was another big problem, I tried to apply in Nepal, but the Pakistan embassy staff said the visa will take more than month, maybe 1, 2 or 3 months. When I was in south of China, I called to Pakistan embassy in Hong Kong, they only give the visa to Hong Kong resident. In Shanghai they asked for one month to grant the visa. So I sent my passport back to Brazil with a friend, and they asked for only 5 working days in Brazil. Somehow Pakistan put a rule that is much easier to get visa from your own country.
Now waiting for the better weather and Pakistan visa, I started to
make some trips in China, this time we went to Harbin in the beginning of February, pretty cold there, almost 30 degrees negative, to see the ice lanterns and to travel with family. It is not my first time in Harbin, so I already saw the ice lanterns before, and my goal was to visit the Bacteria War Museum, to ski again and to get a hot spring in the middle of snow.
Bacteria War Museum is a old building occupied by Japanese army during World War II, that was mainly used to make bio-weapon research and experience, a lot of information, including documents, pictures and videos, very interesting but less impressive than Nanjing Massacre Museum.
We didn't go to ski station, my mother-in-law hurt her leg when we were in ice lanterns festival, so everything need to slow down, and a sport activity will be impossible for that situation, but a hot spring will fit in like a glove, indeed that was one of best things in our trip, water temperature was 40 degrees positive and outside temperature was around 25 degrees negative, that was really cool!
This was a little trip of my breaking time, no big story,
that was first snowing in Harbin since the beginning of winter, the weather was some of strange
no adventure, just a family trip to be with family, specially my dear mom, she is fighting a lot against her will to let me go to my big journey, being closer to her is all I could do for her in my breaking time.
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