Saturday, 14 September 2013

China!

About 2 years ago, Thomas asked me to be best man in his wedding. His traditional chinese wedding. In China. I cherished the honour, and happily got to see a bit of his birth country as well.

This certainly became a trip of contrasts. Starting up, I thought I would spend 14 hours on the concrete floor at the terminal at Doha, Qatar. No, it turned out passengers were entitled to a hotel stay.

The hotel room (beats concrete, yes?)
A nearby mosque
An impulsive Doha bay cruise with other travellers


Business district by night

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Doha from the hotel roof


And the next day:
 "Sorry, sir, we had to change your ticket." 
Me: "Oh..."
Qatar Airways business class (shamefully stolen picture)

After a start like that, I feared the rest of the trip would be boring. Shame on me.

Beijing.


I ran around planning my trip a little bit more, and saw a few sights.

Bell tower
Temple of heaven


Gotta get those details...
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Typical get-together in Temple of heaven park

Also met up with the bride and groom (the latter not present here)
I stayed in small hostels in what they call Hutongs, small narrow streets with single floor housing. Very cute, intimate and cozy. And sadly un-documented.

Xi'an

A stopover getting to know the old capital of China.
Biking on the city wall












Hua Shan 

The holy tao mountain to the west.
In the valley on the way up

The chinese are crazy



Looking one way...

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Looking the other way...


A cave I slept in
Hua Shan in the morning. The drop is 1,5 km.
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 "This is stupid. And the cellphone is slippery."

Wudang Shan

More of the same, really.
The summit. 60 ton copper temple on the top.

Some nice photographers I met and later partied with


Yichang - Cruise on Chang River

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Street karaoke! I had to join!

Wet, gray and nice

Can't beat that feeling


It's just like a norwegian fjord!

The happy happy shared toilet on board

Back to Beijing, and then wedding in Bazhou

When the 4 day cruise was over, I was sortof in a rush to get back to Beijing. I bought the first and best train ticket, which turned out to be a 3rd class, 24 hour standing ticket. I dreaded the departure, but actually, after 20 hours, I looked down the carriage, and thought it would be sad for this fine train ride to be over so soon... (Stockholm syndrome, anyone?)
This guy helped me get a seat.

My tailor
 And then there was wedding! I'm currently waiting for pics from the semi-pro's that where blitzing all over the place. The chinese are really something else when it comes to hospitality and parties. Rest assured, a nice update will come!
Only picture I have of the wedding. Happy bride and groom walking up to their parents and representatives.


Going home:
"Excuse me, sir, the plane is overbooked. We are looking for volunteers for seats in business class." 
Me: "Oh..."
Yes, you've seen this one before.











You think it is lonely travelling by yourself?



And at last: Funny signs.




Sign by some stairs on the tourist boat

It should say: "Stay in line."

Tourist trap, anyone?

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Wow, I have a blog!

Sortof forgot about this blog... Well, latest is that I've gone back to Norway, gotten a job in Oslo (Integracp.com), and have a great time. I think I'll be a tourist in my own country for a while, and I'll probably not update this blog a lot. I guess facebook has taken over more and more of my updating, so I might see you there!

Peace.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

More than a thousand words

The cow dung drying business by the Ganga, Varanasi.

Ganga, Varanasi, looking north.

Not seeing scandinavians for 3 weeks, suddenly there were 5 at the Varanasi train station.

Nice view near the Achanakmar tiger reserve. (We saw no tigers.)

Sunset from the same roadtrip.

Interesting fusion. Buddha, Jesus and Gandhi.

One of my friends chilling with the coolest drink ever.

Tibetan monastery, Bodhgaya.

Vietnamese monastery, Bodhgaya.

Some Japanese monks, temple caretakers and me chilling during the Holi festival.

Some culprits.