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Day 365 – The End.

Sorry for all those folks that read this, but we’ve been less than good at keeping this up to pace. We’ll try to keep the posts coming!

We went back home a couple days ago, and started unpacking and furnishing up our new place again getting ready to start our previous lives…. it’s as if we hit the PAUSE button a year ago, and RESUME. Nothing’s changed much around us, but for the most part we ourselves have changed and the transition won’t be as easy as it seems.

365 days went by in a blur.
And we wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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A lot of updates…

Well, if anyone noticed, we’ve updated our blog rather quickly the past days….the reason is because we’ve been stuck in Salta in Argentina because there’s a country-wide strike for bus drivers wanting a 23% increase in wages. To offset inflation, 23% really isn’t that bad, so it makes sense…..

The main page only goes up to 5 posts on the main, so help yourself and look at some previous posts with some pretty pictures on it =D

We’ll be travelling to Bolivia, and we’re not sure how the internet connection would be, but the updates may slow down again!

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MIA

It’s true, we’ve been missing in action, and yes, we were also at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Our travels will resume shortly next week, starting in Mexico City!! For now, we’re just taking a vacation…from our vacation…

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Day 100

It’s hard to imagine we’ve already been on the road for 100 days, and despite the amount of time traveled we’ve still only been to a small part of a single country. It doesn’t sound like much, but we never really intended to squeeze as many things we possibly can like most tourists with only a limited amount of vacation (like most readers of our blog *wink wink*) =P Continue reading

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We’re good.

It’s been a while, and for a period of about 5 days we were cut off from all modern things as we’ve lost our phones, and our laptop charger died on us so we had to order one which took 5 days to get shipped!! As cool as Lhasa is, it definitely isn’t convenient for most other things as it’s pretty freakin’ far away.

So we took a 4 day detour and am now wired back to the world. Oh we miss you, Interweb.

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Tibetan Sky Burial (天葬)

There are many things this temple is famous for, but the main ‘attraction’ here is the fact that this is one of the few places you can witness the Tibetan ritual of sky burial (天葬). I’ll let you wikipedia the details. Continue reading

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The Washroom Stories of Henan Village

I’ve seen a lot of people comment on our washroom adventures throughout our trip, and we’ve got some more to share.

Please take note that this is an extremely small village in a very remote area of the country, so don’t assume this is the norm!

Update: I was told that, people actually do wipe but they use whatever is within reaching distance of their squatting position…. leaves, dirt, grass….
And a new picture was added

  1. Toilets are for suckers. No self respecting man would bother with a toilet. Just find an empty space on the field and let it go. That rule applies to both big AND small business.

  2. Kids can go anywhere. We all know that, kids these days get what they ask for. And if they hae to pee? Well, just drop those pants and pee on the empty part of the sidewalk/road/stadium. It’ll dry real quick in the high altitude sun.

  3. Nobody wipes (Male Version). Seeing people do their business in the field, we observed that they did not bother with the (what I thought to be) standard practice of… wiping their ass. They’d squat down for a long period of time, then just stand up and put their pants on. I don’t know how that works, but my conclusion is they must have superior ‘pinching’ skills, or really gross underwear….

  4. Nobody wipes (Female Version). Despite reading about people using the toilet all around the field, there was actually a washroom in the grounds. The washroom was barebones and didn’t have any walls so everybody can see everybody else do their business. As is the norm in this region of China, you have to bring your own toilet paper to the washroom. So after peeing in the trough next to 3 other woman, I completed by business by wiping it clean. The second I busted out the toilet paper, I felt 3 heads turning my way and staring at me. Not only that, people about to leave the toilet actually walked back inside to pay special attention to what I was doing. I really don’t know how things work down there for people, but I suspect urinary tract infection is pretty common amongst females of this village….and I don’t know what kind of infection the dudes would get.

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United Airlines = Fail

Back home, I read an ad saying Air Canada was voted North America’s best airline, which brought up the question, are the rest really that bad?

To save a few bucks, we had to take an early morning stop-over in San Fran before arriving in Shanghai on United Airlines. I’d have to say, AC has a new standard it can measure against. Flying WestJet from YYZ -> YVR, we were amazed at the service they always advertise. It’s True!!!

Unfortunately for United, they have a lot of work to do. It started with the luggage check-in, uncoordinated would be a good way to describe it. Printers would print random boarding passes from 5 rows over, people running around, unhelpful workers not helping anyone. AND we had to lug our luggage and line up for 10mins to put it onto the conveyer belt. Like, really? Come on!

Inside the cabin the seats were rather cramped, and although it is an international flight, there was no personal TV so I was stuck watching John Carter for 3hours. The cabin crew was not just unhelpful, they were pretty rude. And the food? AC has better food!!! UN-BELIEVABLE!!!

 

Spare for actually getting there safely, and not losing our luggage, United manage to make flying a horrible experience.

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