Monthly Archives: May 2011

The best and the worst of times: bus travel in western China

This post goes into the category of “utterly random” – something that it (of course) has in common with many of my other posts. I have been traveling a fair bit over the past month or two. And I live … Continue reading

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Judgments and stereotypes (“I look like who????”)

“Excuse me.” I swivel in my blue plastic bus seat to find an elderly man, faced creased with kind wrinkles, the kind you might get from excessive smiling. He is smiling now as he addresses me once again. “Are you … Continue reading

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Yushu prefecture adventures

This is a continuation of the former post, I just wanted to separate my reactions to the earthquake from my travels in the region. Earthquake reactions are in the post prior to this one. For pictures, go to my picasa … Continue reading

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Yushu

I often find myself in the middle of a moment so overpowering and profound that I doubt my actual existence; the actual here-and-now that I otherwise perceive myself to be in. How is it possible, I ask myself, that an … Continue reading

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A Home in Golog (Part 2)

At 11am on Saturday, after finally starting to feel at home in Darlag  because of the residents’ uncommon friendliness, I hopped on a bus and left. My destination was Banma (Pema), the neighboring county to the southeast, where the bus … Continue reading

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A Home in Golog

Why do we travel? I found myself pondering this question, not unconscionably, during the thirteen hour sleeper bus ride from Xining to Darlag (达日县), a small county town in southeastern Qinghai’s Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Surrounded by sheepskin-robed Tibetans, cigarette … Continue reading

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