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Last Rites in Columbia, First Rites and Guanxi in Beijing

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Posted from: Beijing

In my final days in South Carolina, faced with an empty house and no internet, I actually bought a jigsaw puzzle. The analog kind, with actual pieces you can actually lose. And on our very last night, myself and a nameless collective of miscreants wrote a note about the origins of Blue Stalin on a paper plate  – the last plant-based writing surface we hadn’t packed yet – stuffed it inside his hollow, hollow head, and left him in a bed of leaves in an undisclosed location.

I had forgotten how much of travel is waiting. The good traveler knows how to make waiting bearable. Waiting for the dryer to finish the last load of laundry so you can finish packing. For the shuttle to come. For the plane to take off, and immediately thereafter, for the plane to land. For the jetlag to wear off, for it to be early enough to fall asleep or late enough to get out of bed. But the waiting’s over. We’re in Beijing, finally, finally. (more…)

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The Road Back to Beijing

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South Carolina

I remember the first time I landed in China. Almost 10 years ago now, I stepped off the plane in Changchun airport to the sounds of construction and the mewling of oxcarts. “Dude,” I thought, “oxcarts”. You know nothing, Jon Snow. (more…)

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NC in Pictures: A Gamers D&D Weekend in Highlands, North Carolina

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Highlands, North Carolina

A nerdy D&D / Magic: the Gathering weekend at the Dial family cabin. (more…)

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Puerto Rico in Pictures: from the beach to Old San Juan

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Puerto Rico, USA

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Raleigh in Pictures: Terrifying Animal Portraits from the Museum of Natural Sciences

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Raleigh, North Carolina

Animals are the worst. (more…)

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Paris in Pictures: Magic, Notre Dame and Bastille Day

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Paris, France

Bekka, Gregg, Kyle and I seeing some friends around Bastille Day (more…)

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London in Pictures: we miss you, Ian Sherman

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London, England

In England for Ian’s wake. (more…)

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Vietnam: Mui Ne Beach

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Posted from: Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam

The miniature tropical garden that spreads out before the porch of our honeymoon bungalow is infested with beetles. Big, skittering scarabs wait until sundown to rustle and clack out of the half-grown palm leaves in one-bug hordes. They collide in mid-air, bearing each other to the ground with the wight of their brief copulation. (more…)

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Haerbin: Second trip to the Ice Lantern Festival

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Posted from Haerbin, Northern China

Twelve hours up on the train, and due to the ??ness of it all, and having an 18-hour non-express return trip to look forward to, Elena, Eric and I navigate through the city of Haerbin, China’s northeastern city of lights. I tried to explain the magnificence of my last trip on the way up, crushed between the top sleeper berth and the roof of the train, and in doing so may have hyped it up beyond salvation, but nevertheless… (more…)

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Run up to the Beijing Olympics

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Posted from: Beijing

When I arrived in Beijing, there were two, and only two, topics on everyone’s tongue. First was the centenary of the late Deng Xiao Ping’s birth, and the second is the 2008 Olympics, scheduled to be held here. (more…)

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