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When I was 7 or 10 or something my parents threw me a space themed birthday party

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We arrived in Kabul Around 11 am. The night before we were in Urumuqi, China. Urumuqi had some the best food I have ever eaten. Maybe best food in the whole world! Almost on par with Kosovo. Delcious Bread and Meat! It actually reminded me of Kosova a bit as it was kind of run down. It was a bit sad though as it also had that whole atmosphere of race-invasion-occupation tensions between the Han Chinese (what you think of when you think of Chinese people) and the Uhyger Chinese (the central asian natives of the area, who the Chinese conquered way back when). The Uhgyer people live in the poorer sections of town, and tend to have the worse jobs, although the whole place wasnt doing so hot. One interesting twist however is that a lot of the Uhyger people looked kind of white so it was different to see them being the persecuted minority for a change.

Before that Beijingwas also pretty interesting. They have the most ugly, beautiful dogs in the whole world. I spent most of my several days there laughing in different dogs ugle faces! We stayed in a hostel which was pretty okay although it was my first contact with so many english speaking foreigners in a while. The whole place seemed to be filled with matt rickes if you know who that is. That's not a bad thing, just a statement. We also popped over to Tiananmen square and looked around. Also went to this palace called the summer palace. It wasnt too bad, although it was a little ugly in winter. Guess thats why its called the summer palace. Tianamen square was huge and impressive and daunting, however. We couldnt go in the forbidden city though because it was closed for repairs. Guess thats why its forbidden (oh oh!!!)

As for the much advertised and bragged about 2 day train ride from Beijing to urumuqi, it didnt happen. The train was already full so we couldnt get a ticket. So we had to fly. This was okay though because then we got to stay in Beijing for an extra two days and see more stuff, plus there was this Malaysian girl in our hostel room who had just come from Moscow on the trans-siberian express (7 days non stop!) and she said that after the first day its gets pretty boring. So in your face.


  • At 10:37 PM, Blogger sararenee said…

    did you take this photograph? did you even find a camera to take?

  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger Jeff BBz said…

    Yes i took this picture. I never got a camera but my organization gave us a kinda okay digital camera (it looks fine with lots of light but in low light its the worst and flash is mistimed so it goes off to early) which i have charge of. I have many more pictures but the internet connection is so slow so it takes too long to put them up. we'll see what unfolds...

  • At 11:19 PM, Blogger Jagey said…

    I remember that party. It ruled, just like your picture.

  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger Liza said…

    it seems weird that lots of matt rickes would just be in a hostel in china. the coincidence here is that joe told me matt is dating this totally hot asian chick at notre dame. she kind of snubs him and he just follows her around like a little non asian dog but she's smart as anything. who knew?
    give it up for eurasian travel.

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