Monthly Archives: August 2010

Silk Road Oasis – Kashgar (Part 1)

An oasis where trade routes known as the Silk Road converged, traders and buyers gathered for centuries to buy, sell and barter, the city of Kashgar in western Xinjiang, China shines as an oasis in a stunning but arid landscape. … Continue reading

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A Tibet Outside Tibet (Part 1) 西藏外的西藏(第一部)

The Summer River Town 夏河鎮 The prefecture and town of Xiahe (meaning “summer river” in Chinese) of southern Gansu province in central-western China is an eclectic, rich mix of Tibetan, Hui and Han Chinese ethnicities, ways of life and religious … Continue reading

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Flying With a Spork

Spoon+Fork=Spork I recently boarded a flight with a spork in my carry-on luggage without the intention of using it on board.  My in-flight meal of a fruit platter arrived and I returned the package of plastic-wrapped plastic cutlery to a … Continue reading

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Couchsurfing.org and Traveling

I’ve been a member of CouchSurfing.org, a website that links travelers wishing to find free lodging (conventionally on couches, hence Couchsurfing) with locals willing to host travelers (known as Couchsurfers) since March 2008;  up to the present the Couchsurfing community … Continue reading

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