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First two weeks back on the road (Xinjiang and Kakakhstan)

At last the winter had passed and it was time to get back to spending my days outside, on the road on Stella. Although I enjoyed my time in Urumqi, certainly not regretting spending the winter there; I made some good friends and was genuinely upset about leaving. However, I left Dalian, almost a year […]

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Reflections on the past 2 and a half years in China.

As I write this I am laying down in an abandoned apartment in an unknown town in South Korea. Having spent all day in the saddle, the storm that had been brewing all day finally erupted. I am back on the road. It has been a fairly easy transition. But what of my two and […]

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A small taste of things to come: le voyage à Jīnshí tān

I’ve had Stella, and all her accompanying gear now for a few months, but haven’t had the time to really put her to the test. Hence I decided the 4 days I have off for National Day was the perfect chance.  I wanted to test out the weight of the bike fully loaded, and test […]

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Chinese New Year in Harbin

I wasn’t prepared to spend my second Chinese New Year in Dalian, stuck inside being constantly bombarded by fireworks and such. Hence I decided a little trip was in order! I decided on Harbin, about 700 kms North. Thankfully there was a fast train in operation now which cut the travel time down to about […]

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China… Reflections on the past year.

It’s been a year today since I arrived in Dalian. As when I returned from 11 months in Africa I have to ask where the time has gone? It doesn’t seem a minute ago that I was touching down and nervously being thrown into teach my first class. Since then through the months I have […]

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