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23rd July 2009

no, the medical facilities were awful as you'll see in part 2! In the best hospital in the country I was left for 4 days in a filthy little cell, freezing, starving and malarial before my insurance kicked in and i was taken out of the country on an air ambulance. And as Mongolia itself doesnt have malaria they're also unable to treat it properly.
23rd July 2009

What a scare...
Ed, you never fail to amaze me. Or scare me. The things you do, the tribal communities and remote places you visit, I couldn't even imagine myself doing. Take care, and safe travels. And Tinnie's recom about the book is a brilliant idea.
23rd July 2009

Great blog! I had the same thoughts when I was in Kyrgyzstan, about how beautiful the environment was, even though I could not quite figure out what was so beautiful. It was quite sparse, like the way you described Mongolia. I suppose what made me marvel at it was that it was just so pristine. But Malaria in Mongolia would suck! I can't imagine there being well equipped medical facilities there.
22nd July 2009

nice story ...
good to see a new blog from you.
21st July 2009

Thanks again.
Ed, I don't know if I should say that I 'enjoyed' this blog, but it certainly made an impression on me. It's well-written and as always accessibly informative. Have you thought about writing a book about the world's remote communities? I'm guessing you're writing from Moscow - nu, kak ty tam?
20th July 2009

Hi Edward! Thanks for your comment on my latest blog and glad you enjoyed so much this part of Yunnan too! Great pictures of minorities you got there! Photographer paradise indeed...Cheers
20th July 2009

Absolutely stunning blog: well-written, good pictures and good information about modern and ancient Mongolia. I guess conversations with people like Begz are what make travelling so rewarding. You know how much I envy your travels, one day we'll find time for a joint blog. J.
14th July 2009

Great story, I hope one day I can do something similar. I may be moving to Port Vila soon.
9th July 2009

good idea'
,..so very good that's place because they have so many idea how to make theme in person to be unite with eac other god bless
16th June 2009

Oleg Sakharov?
Are you the same Oleg Sakharov that was chief of the Bellinghausen base in Antarctica? - if so, Na sdarovia!!! from the kiwi girl... would love to hear from you.
6th June 2009

I felt as tho I was right there with you. You had a wonderful adventure and I was very happy to see the ending turn out so nice.
4th June 2009

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4th June 2009

It's true that I travel predominantly to meet people, experience a new culture and way of living. My blogs and photos probably refelct that and don't do the landscapes or the architecture of the places I visit enough justice :)
3rd June 2009

You gave yourself away, Ed
Your blog, especially the photos, showed your genuine interest in people. All but one photo are people photos - giving us , the readers , a glimpse of humanity in that side of the world. Well done, as always, Edd. Safe travels.
26th May 2009

those bright colored clothes :) P1010790 -> are those actually hair for sale?! wow ...
5th May 2009

Another excellent blog!
From Blog: Menghan market
3rd May 2009

no english please
i can understand how frustrating it can be ... i guess i really need to do my mandarin lessons ^^ more luck to you!
From Blog: Menghan market
2nd May 2009

wrong track
Kalinga now a major marijuana producer By Vincent Cabreza Northern Luzon Bureau First Posted 23:02:00 01/08/2009 Kalinga has become the chief supplier of marijuana in the country because tribal conflicts there insulate it from intensified police operations, he said. "[Police] have been unable to penetrate three mountainous districts of Tinglayan, Kalinga, occupied by the Butbut community because of fears that clan members would instinctively protect their relatives when we make arrests," Apalla said.
28th April 2009

I'm guessing from the bitterness of your tone that you're the same person who left a comment on my blog about the Burmese border area. I agree that all my observations in this blog entry are superficial - that is the whole point of the blog - first impressions based on a couple of days and with no ability to speak Chinese. But are you really trying to deny that the government in China calls itself Communist? Or that the Chinese people refer to it as Communist? Or that the rest of the world refers to it as Communist? Get real. Of course it is not ACTUALLY Communist, as in it doesn't attempt to follow Marxist ideals any more and is in fact pretty capitalist, but that's not what I'm talking about in this blog.
27th April 2009

I'd assume Ganja would be marijuana? The place sounds like Amsterdam? =)
26th April 2009

You're quite right that many Burmese people refer to their country as Burma (when speaking English) or Bama (in the Burmese language), and your critic above is not correct in insisting on the name 'Myanmar'. Myanma (with no –r) is the country's official name in the Burmese language, but Bama is the colloquial name widely used in conversation. Burma and Myanmar (with an –r) are both English names for the country. Burma was universally used until 1989, when Burma's military junta decreed that the English name should be 'Myanmar'. This military junta suppresses almost all dissent and wields absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions. Therefore, Burmese people who are pro-democracy do not recognise its right to change the name, so they still use the old name, Burma, when speaking English. The Muslims you spoke to would use this name too because of the junta's persecution of ethnic and religious minorities. Also many governments, including the UK, the US, Canada and Australia, do not recognise the name 'Myanmar', according to Wikipedia. I believe the BBC continues to use 'Burma' as well.
26th April 2009

I couldn't agree more - sadly
It took a few similar experiences of similar places in China for me to realise, despite China's supposed 5000 year history which they love to brag about, all too often this is what Chinese historical towns wind up becoming. I ended with this conclusion - come to China for many things, but unless you're willing to really hunt for it, don't come for history - you'll only be disappointed!
26th April 2009

where is the communism?
ok , here is your story in short....u took the flight to SH and then walked around the city and then took a train to KM....and you are telling ppl China is a combination of Communism and efficiency??? I mean , come on, get real. I didn't see anything communism from your superficial observations. The only 'Communism' is from your mind and mouth. You have this biased point of view of China being a state of communism, which is just simply wrong. In the global recession, China is probably the best capitalist in the world.

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