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Asia » China » Shaanxi » Xi'an September 24th 2009

So we had ANOTHER problem with the train ticket from datong to xi'an. It turned out that our train ticket was for the 24th instead of the 23rd - I don't know why I didn't check it closer, especially after the first screw up. Normally it wouldn't be a huge deal to leave a day later than planned, but Datong is a pretty aweful place aside from the Yungang caves (and the hanging monestary, which we didn't see) and stephanie would probably have cried for 24 hours until we could leave. Luckily we had just enough time to transfer the ticket over to the 23rd and run to the train. From now on we are booking our own train tickets. The train ride itself was not too bad... we booked a hard sleeper, which is one ... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi » Datong September 23rd 2009

Gabe again. (apparently steph gets burned out writing in her own blog and leaves me to fill in the details of the trip) Yesterday there was a bit of a mixup with the train tickets. The girl at the happy dragon in beijing helped us get the tickets, and she even gave us a brochure and circled the chinese phrase telling the driver to take us to the west train station. The only problem was our train ticket was for a different train station 10 km away - we didn't find that out until we got to the west train station. There wasn't enough time to get a cab up to the correct station but luckily they were able to transfer our ticket, free of charge, to a train that left an hour later. Could have ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing September 21st 2009

Gabe here again. Check out photos on flickr! I am too lazy at the moment to post any pictures on travelblog, but eventually we will put some of the best up. For now you have to sift through the masses on flickr. On our first full day in Beijing (saturday), we started by renting bikes from a place nearby and exploring the area. Our first mission was to find a place to stay for Sunday night. Our lonely planet book didn't have a huge selection, but I found a bunch of hostels using google maps. Then I took a picture of the results, and tried to use my camera as a map. This turned out to be harder than I thought. A lot of beijing is hutongs, which are basically alleyways except they do not ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing September 19th 2009

Gabe here. First impression of Beijing is the horrible air quality. We knew it would be bad, but it still didn't prepare us for not being able to see the sun. I think there was a mix of cloud cover and smog, but it was a pretty gross brown color. A lot of people wear masks. Other impressions of Beijing are both good and bad - definitely very different, and we are eager to explore. Our flight got in at 2 pm, but it was after 4 pm by the time we made it through customs and got a taxi to our hotel. That whole process went really smoothly actually. Our hotel room is nice - stephanie booked it in advance using credit card points. We have a flat screen TV, a computer with free internet ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland September 17th 2009

Hi Everyone! This is Stephanie.. We just finished packing everything, and I'm going to list everything we manages to fit in our bags. My pack is about 20 lbs, and Gabe's is around 25 lbs. I am actually really proud of us! I usually pack like a boy scout (always prepared for a scorching hot day or a blizzard) but I really tried to only take what I need. Sooooo, here's what we packed! Gabe's Travel Wallet 1. Passport 2. Credit Card 3. Debit Card 4. Yuan (Chinese currency) 5. Vaccination Record 6. Copy of Passport 7. Driver's License 8. Passport Photos 9. Calculator 10. Insurance Policy Gabe's Day Pack 1. Hat 2. Sunglasses 3. Neck Pillow 4. Card Reader (reads our camera memory cards so we can upload them into Flickr) 5. Headphone Splitter 6. ... read more

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