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First Day in Chengdu

Today was mostly a travel day to get settled in a new city. Apparently, Chengdu is very similar to Seattle. It is almost always overcast, lots of light drizzle and it almost never freezes. Notice the similar space needle? The … Continue reading

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Xi’an Muslim Quarter

Today, we had a fun opportunity to take a stroll through the possibly famous or at least popular Muslim Quarter and market in Xi’an. Very friendly, very safe, very colorful and entertaining area. The hardest challenge in the market was … Continue reading

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Terracotta Warriors

After a great local dinner last night here at the Hyatt Regency in Xi’an, it decided it was the time of year to begin raining. But I could pass up the opportunity to have an early morning run in the … Continue reading

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Xi’an China

After a great couple of days in Beijing, it was time to head west to Xi’an. The airport security was one of of the most diligent and furiously chaotic set of procedures I have ever seen. They ran around and … Continue reading

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Imperial Beijing

Today was an opportunity to do a little more historic exploring in the classic (and political) sites of Beijing. Yep, we went to Tiananmen Square first, and there are MASSIVE crowds.  It is not small or a small number of … Continue reading

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Great Wall of China

This morning we headed north to the Badaling national park and great location to hike and visit the Great Wall of China. It is about a 1.5 – 2.0 drive from central Beijing to get there, but definitely worth it. … Continue reading

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Exploring Boston Area

Time for a retro posting since many people are examining the history of the nation recently…Exploring and touring around the Boston area for a long weekend is quite a delight. There is so much (American) history in the city itself … Continue reading

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Panama Canal

I have referenced it so many times, but I realized I have never posted about what it is like to transit or take a cruise ship through the Panama Canal. Overall, Panama City is an impressive modern city. Unfortunately, on … Continue reading

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A Quick Stop in Costa Rica

After going through the Panama Canal, (yes, I know I need to add a posting for their, so stay tuned…) our ship stopped at a popular port called Puntarenas or Puerto Caldera. The big highlight was to take a river … Continue reading

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Moscow – Russia

Continuing from the few days we spent St Petersburg, we took the overnight train down to Moscow.  We took the Red Arrow train. This is a historic train and a true delight.  Not to be missed.  It is actually quite … Continue reading

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