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Published: January 17th 2009
Hello everybody! This is the travel blog I'll be keeping as I backpack round China and south-east Asia. For those of you who don't know already, I set off with my girlfriend Rachael on January 2nd 2009 and the initial plan at least is to return on March 26th 2009. That gives us 12 weeks to see Beijing, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.
However, since we're both unemployed (and consequently have nothing better to do) there is talk of extending the trip and taking in other countries. Watch this space.
Sorry for sending round a group email - it's either this or write individual messages to everybody. Which as a journalist (allegedly) would be a bit of a busman's holiday for me.
I've had to do a bit of guesswork about who would love/hate to be sent updates on my travels. I know some people have strong views on either side so apologies if I've guessed wrong. Just send me a quick message if either:
a) you want to be taken off the list, or
b) you want to be added to the list
Also, please feel free to send me messages about what you're up to or if you've got any thoughts, travel tips, etc. It's always great to hear from you!
Ok, a few quick lines on what to expect. I'll be posting a new message on each country/region we visit. I should be able to update the written blog fairly frequently but pictures might be a different kettle of fish. I have visions of screaming at the computer in a dodgy internet cafe in Laos while my photos repeatedly fail to upload, so I might wait till I get back to Manchester and my lovely broadband connection. The point is, pictures will be up at some point anyway.
I think that's everything. Hope you enjoy reading the blog as much as I enjoy writing it.
See you soon, Richard
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