Mongolia (June 2012)

I spent 3 days in Mongolia at the Elstei Ger Camp. It’s geared towards tourists to give them a taste of Mongolian life with amenities, like hot showers and electricity.   The staff is super friendly and took great care of me. My favorite part of the stay was learning to play Shagai, horseback riding and talking […]

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The Trans Siberian Part 1 – Beijing to Ulaanbaatar (June 2012)

Ulaanbaatar I left Beijing on a foggy morning. The train station was already buzzing at 630am when I arrived and I was puzzled by the departure board which had the train numbers in English but didn’t list the platforms. Luckily I showed my ticket to someone at the information desk and they pointed me to […]

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Xcellent Xi’an (June 2012)

Xi’an is known by most people for the discovery of the Terracotta Army of emperor Qin Shi Huang ,found an hour outside of the city. I was delighted to find it offers way more history and culture inside and outside its ancient walls and has many activities and neighborhoods to explore. We arrived in Xi’an […]

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Yangshuo (May 2012)

Yangshuo, lies on the Li River. Compared to Kunming and Guilin it is a tiny town with just enough restaurants, shops and people to seem lively yet maintain its charming character. We stayed 2km outside of Yangshuo at the Li River Retreat (#5 hotel on Trip Advisor). I highly recommend as well. It offers quiet serenity and […]

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Hong Kong, Singapore and Bali

For my 39th birthday I spent two weeks in Asia exploring Hong Kong, Singapore and Bail. Each destination was unique in scenery, things to do, food and culture. Since this was a birthday trip I splurged a bit on hotels and restaurants but there are lots of budget to moderate options in these cities for […]

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