Monthly Archives: October 2013

Little Longhorn Miao girl

She walked out of the mist just as I was feeling discouraged about not meeting anybody who would like to have her picture taken.

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Dodgy tour guide’s conversation

The tour guide was really pissed off that I wouldn’t spend 350 RMB for a taxi. I really expected him to bargain with me about it. I definitely would have been willing to pay 200. Instead he dropped the subject, … Continue reading

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The trip on balance

H. asked if my trip was disappointing, or on balance, okay. Well, I’d say it was both. It was disappointing in that I did not get to meet as many local people as the last time, and the local people … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Cassiel

Otto Sander, the German actor who was one of the stars of Wings of Desire and appeared in the strangely uplifting Killer Condom, died in mid-September. I missed the news about it until now. http://www.goethe.de/kue/flm/nac/en11567280.htm

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Dreams on vacation

While I was on vacation I had a dream that I found an octopus living inside of my nose, and another one about owning an Arnold Schwarzenegger brand hair removal and masturbation device.

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IKEA?

Liupanshui was a disgusting town, but it DID have a fake IKEA! The outside was the same blue as the real stores. The store’s name used different characters than the authentic IKEA, but ones that are pronounced exactly the same. … Continue reading

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A sign near my hotel

“Heaven has dragon meat. Earth has deer meat.”

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Have a tour guide, for now

So far things have been a little bumpy because there is not as much information on this region as there was on the place I went in the winter. Today I arrived in Liuzhi, and met a tour guide I … Continue reading

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Break dance ninjas of Zunyi

I’ve only been in Zunyi a couple nights, but I’ve noticed some interesting aspects of the youth culture. There seem to be these clubs or gangs centered around really benign activities. Tonight near the bus station I ran into these … Continue reading

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