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Lonely Planet – Mackenzie, B.C.
Lonely Planet – Mackenzie, B.C.

Wandering around the downtown yesterday landed myself inside a rather busy Indigo bookstore.  Whenever I’m in an Indigo/Chapters I have a routine route I take.  I’ll wander the new releases (trade/paper/hard), move through the ‘theme’ tables, then meander upstairs the the ultra ‘no-one-would-pay-normal-price’ discounted publications.  This is followed by a stop at the travel section.  […]

Beijing to New York on foot

Nice to see hear of folks who still carry compasses around with them when they travel.  Moscow Times: Far East border guards have detained a Chinese man who said he was traveling to New York from China by foot, RIA-Novosti reported Thursday. The traveler, a young man who was not identified, was expensively dressed and […]

Russian Train Bomb

From the Globe: Russian officials opened a terror investigation Saturday, saying that a homemade bomb planted on the tracks of the high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg route caused a derailment that killed at least 26 people and injured dozens more. I never rode that particular line to St. Petersburg.  I exited Russia via the Moscow-Riga (Lativa) line. […]

Mcleod Ganj – India – August 2009

Situated below the the Dhauladhar mountains (outer Himalaya range), the former British colonial outpost of Mcleod Ganj is now more famously known as the seat of the Dalai Lama and home to the Tibetan government in exile.  It is also somewhat of a must-see destination on the Northern India circuit.  Full of westerners seeking enlightenment […]

Jamia Masjid Mosque, Srinagar – August 2009

I placed this into a separate entry because I’ve never been inside a Mosque before and the mosque that I choose happens to be the largest in Asia and in the Kashmir (I visited the day before I helped polish off a bottle of whisky…I don’t know what that means).  I was hesitant about entering […]

Srinagar – Houseboats – August 2009

Srinagar is in the north-western corner of the Indian Kashmir and that special geography creates another kind of fortress city with check-points and armed troops everywhere.  Srinagar is substantially larger that other cities in Jammu-Kashmir (clocking in at around one million) and is situated in a depression surrounded by Himalayan foothills.  This, of course, creates […]

Leh to Srinagar – August 2009

India is a very godly country with equally ungodly transportation schedules.  While it doesn’t have the crazy early morning departure times of it’s Manali-Leh contemporary, the road through the Kashmir along the Line of Control with Pakistan is about as long and includes it’s very own set of peculiar oddities.  Leaving at a more sane […]

Stok Kangri IV

Morning on the final day. Heading back down with the help of gravity. Looking back. Back to Stok. 6121m – a new altitude record for me.

Stok Kangri III

Obvioulsy, no photos exist of the first 5 or six hours of the climb, but this one was taken at around 6:30am.  Base Camp is behind the low cloud formation in the center of the photo.  Our route took us over the glacier in the bottom of the photo and straight up a bowl on […]

Stok Kangri II

Breakfast on day two.    Looking south toward Stok Kangri (top right) from camp one.  Base camp is actually to the left of the ridge in the centre of the photos. The approach was somewhat different than I initially expected.      Camp one – looking north toward Stok Village.     Marmot boxing on the […]

Leh – August 2009

Having officially been declared H1N1 clear and suitable for transit, our convoy moved into the Ladakh region of Jammu-Kashmir province, India.  Sharing and uncanning resemblance to the TAR plateau in both landscape, architecture, and culture (it is an extension of the plateaus, being on the ‘Chinook’ side of the Himalayas) Ladakh is the trekking/outdoor enthusiast […]

Manali to Leh, India – August 2009

Into the Ladakh. Only on the highest highway in the world does ones jeep depart at the silly hour of 2am.  Actually, that is when I arrived at the local bus station.  The ride didn’t actually begin until around 4:30am. Unfortunately, the early morning start meant that I would miss the opportunity to shoot Rohtang […]

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer can no longer connect with my blog, at least from Leh, where I am now (something to do with using a satellite connection?  Probably not, but the writer worked fine in Delhi).  I use WLW because it is good offline blog publisher with stellar photo integration options.  Internet, being satellite, is expensive […]

Getting an Indian Visa in Shanghai II

The Guangdong Development Bank Tower at 555 Xu Jia Hui Road is a rather unassuming building. A typical, early 00’s 35+ floor Chinese modernist piece.  The stained white square tiled landscaping, the water/dust tarnished exterior stone material,  the marble encased entrance, the marble flooring, the bored security guards, the empty and abused floor space, the […]

Getting an Indian Visa in Shanghai Part I

I titled this part I because I am fairly certain that there are going to be subsequent entries.  Shades of gray from last years Russian visa experience. My morning email transaction. Hello, I’m a Canadian passport holder with a Chinese F-Category visa.  I would like to know if I qualify to apply for  an Indian […]

Nanjing I – May 2009

When I initially wrote my ‘proposal’ for my program’s Fudan exchange, I prominently included Nanjing as a potential observational site.  This was chiefly because of my familiarity with the city, the area and a somewhat layman’s understanding of what the location was trying to achieve.  My goals for revisiting included a deeper exploration of some […]

August ’08 – Kotor – Montenegro

As the 192nd member state of the United Nations, Montenegro is a brand-spanking new country, complete with that coveted new country smell and a few (unfortunately) bombed out buildings.  If one wants to be a new country these days, that seems to be part of the franchise deal. Prior to breaking out on their own, […]

Warsaw, Poland – August 2008

…a place where vodka isn’t only for breakfast. Be seen in Warsaw Next stop on my super quick, stereotypical European Contiki tour was, as the title implies, Warsaw.  Warsaw holds some physical similarities to Moscow in terms of grand superblock configurations, Stalinist architecture, grand boulevards and good public transit. I found the patio culture to […]

Countries fomerly part of Mother Russia II

Any journey through the Baltics (and I’m not talking about the purple Monopoly Property) usually involves more than just a single nation traverse unless visiting one of the tiny three is your life long travel goal.  Once you are in one, you can’t get out without going through another (unless you fly, take a boat […]

Countries formerly part of Mother Russia I

There is something about leaving Russia… Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it is such a big chuck of land and that even after 10 days of constant rail riding you realize that yes…I am still in the same country but I’ve zoomed through nine timezones. Or maybe it is the […]

August ’08 – Moscow

The last batch of images from Russia. My friend and I  were tossed off the Trans-Siberian and deposited into the depths of Moscow in the wee morning hours with not a clue as to how to get to any hostels. We ended up loitering by a metro station until it opened up at 4am. Russian […]

Irkutsk – Russia – August 2008

Nothing to write about so I’ll just continue to add my backlog of photos.  Nothing terribly special in this batch. However, Irkutsk was the best city I visited in Russia, probably because I had the lucky opportunity to have a set of local guides.  The vodka is incredible and Irkutsk oddly enough, has amazingly good […]

Underground City
Underground City

I picked up a copy of Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us from Indigo’s books under $10 table.  I’m not sure what a book has to do to be heaved onto the $10 table…perhaps this is where former “International Bestsellers” go to spend their twilight years…next to the the Chicken Soup for the Atheist books.  […]

Russian Far East and Southern Siberia

Some shots from the first section of the reverse Trans-Siberian Railway.  I don’t think most of the photos are very good as the car was slightly shaky.  The below slideshow transitions automatically, but larger photos can be viewed in the gallery.

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