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Some call it an epic journey. It didn't feel like it at the time, but we just returned from a trip, 3 months from Harbin, China through China, Central Asia, Russia and Northwestern Europe. From Lhasa to London we traveled overland, while Harbin to Lhasa was mixed transport, though usually ground. Anyway, new pages are coming soon, but with almost 10,000 images it will take a while. Not that anyone is chomping at the bit to see my new pages, but anyway... ;)
In this stage I will be adding links and other navigational aids throughout the pages.
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So now I'm finished, and after some contractual negotiations (I negotiated based on fact and agreed-upon points in the contract, while they did little more in their arguments than argue unrelated and insignificant points, put words in my mouth, then tried to tell me that they were my friends) based on contract violations on their part, I'm angered and annoyed, not so much for their decision, but for the lack of honor they have for a written and legally binding agreement. They know I'm leaving and haven't the time to go to court. Then they didn't even have it in them to tell me a decision to my face. Chalk it up to saving face, but they lose a heck of a lot more face this way. If ever you decide you want to work in China, contact me beforehand so we can discuss the contract and the realities of what contracts do and don't mean to people. Let me just say that a contract is a legally binding agreement, and that, if you have any honor, you must adhere to it strictly, or the idea of a contract becomes meaningless, as indeed it has here. I can't wait to get traveling, get out of here...
Ni hao wode xuesheng! Wo shi nimende laoshi, John.
Hello my students! This is your teacher, John.
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A few biggish updates, Turkey and China (China from the latest trip around the country. We are going to Beijing, Shaolin, Xi'An, Kunming, Lhasa, Dunhuang, Turpan, Kuqa and Kashgar before heading into the Stans. Those Chinese cities and that trip will be up in a few months, I hope, when we get back.)
The eyes of the world
A rough landing jolts you awake. Sickeningly humid air distills in your lungs as you step off the plane, onto a tarmac that hasn't seen a cold winter.
The perspiration builds as you anticipate the air conditioning you'd have in your airport back home. But you aren't back home. A sweat breaks. Everyone else seems comfortable. You, now sweating, just hope they, whose language you don't speak, don't think lesser of you. You're finally through. But, to add to the heat, a batallion of hungry taxi drivers greet you, your luggage is pulled by those offering to carry it for you... you smile, because, aside from the fact that you don't know what they are saying, you have no idea where you are going. Your smile lingers- you're traveling.
Travel inspires inspiration itself, for if inspiration never traveled, it would never feel inspired. Within these pages, explore the world with me, a born traveler, and enjoy the insights and experiences I have to offer. Please feel free to email me any questions you might have. A lot of pages make you feel good. I believe that as travelers we have a responsibility for sustainable travel- so the idea of "one world" doesn't make the world bland and uniform.
Travel is not about one "unified" people. It is a celebration, if you will, or a simple appreciation, even, of our differences. We don't travel thousands of miles just to see our own culture, we travel to see and learn about other cultures, other peoples, to be inundated with other languages and cuisines. If you travel and eat the same fast foods you eat at home, you aren't traveling.
"No voyage of self-discovery is complete without exploration of the world around you." -John195123