Category Archives: Tales from the road

Road Stories #45: Learning about Tibetan Buddhist culture in Litang

Litang, China (22) - Tibetan Buddhist praying wheels - header
After a hellish hitchhike along the Tibetan Highway, we finally arrive in Litang and all is not what we had expected. We visit the beautiful Chode Gompa monastery and stumble upon an extremely interesting Buddhist ceremony and make friends with a man dressed like a bird of prey and visit a local school. Interested?
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Road Stories #43: Staying with a Dad in Guangyuan and the importance of slurping

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Hitchhiking to Guangyuan was a chance to see the blue skies again and boy we're we happy! Pead about our couchsurfing experience of staying with a guy we'd never met's Dad and our attempts to integrate ourselves in a posh Chinese restuarant by slurping away like a couple of natives
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Road Stories #42: Being spied on in Jingning & visiting Xian a historical capital of China

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"Crouched down on the grass I felt like John Rambo without the knife in my teeth." We continue our adventures in China with a local peeping Tom in the town of Jingning, hitchhiking with a feeder and exploring Xian, one of China's ancient capitals packed full of historical sites to see
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Road Stories #40: Hitchhiking the Kazakhstan-China border and the consequences of not registering in Kazakhstan

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Our experience leaving the extremely hospitable Kazakhstan and making our first succesful entry into China including how we had our first taste of this diverse country before we even left, realising our crucial mistake on the border and one of the strangest, and most successful, hitchhikes of all time...
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Road Stories #39: Staying with the loveliest criminal in Kazakhstan

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It was time to head south again back across the steppe. But first we wanted to drop in on our new friend we had meet on our previous hitchhike north. Artyom was one of the most hospitable guys you could ever imagine but he had a darker side which we soon learnt about...
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Road Stories #38: Hitchhiking to Astana, the futuristic capital of Kazakhstan

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We finally manage to conquer the seemingly never ending steppe and we meet a very interesting character on route. Then we explore Astana, the futuristic capital of Kazakhstan with maybe the loveliest people in the whole country...
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Road Stories #37: The highs and lows of hitchhiking across the steppe (+VIDEO)

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The highs and lows of hitchhiking across the steppe: We set off on the unforgiving journey of travelling between Kazakhstan's two biggest cities across grassland as far as the eye can see. We break up the journey in Karaganda by staying with perhaps the last person you would expect to find in this hostile environment...
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Road Stories #36: Turning 30 in Almaty

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Getting old is what happens to other people, people with less luck, past it actors, rock stars, my parents, everybody else, just not me... How will Jon deal with turning the big 3.0.? Find out as we see in the milestone in Kazahstan's southern capital of Almaty and explore one of Central Asia's coolest and most chic cities
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