A family of four's adventures around the world

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K692 train to Hohhot

K692 train to Hohhot

July 11th, 2016 We were in Xi’an South train station. Well, we actually were inside the temporary waiting hall, made of metal slates and metal sheet roof. It rained outside on and off. Heavy. The walkways flooded. The water went by fast, having a depth between […]

Huashan

Huashan

July 1st, 2016 It’s hard not to go climb Huashan, one of China’s most sacred mountains when one is in Xi’an. After all people literally come here just for this mountain and Terracotta army. We went on a very sunny Friday, taking the new high […]

Inside the Mongolian Ger

Inside the Mongolian Ger

Some people come to Mongolia to stay in a ger. We stumbled into it because of the rain. Our horses were tied up beside the fence. They cooked lunch for us. When we asked the guide where the toilet is, he simply said: “outside, anywhere”. […]

Xi’an, China

Xi’an, China

June 29th, 2016 From Beijing to Xi’an via Zhengzhou, roughly the distance between Seattle and San Francisco, or Florence and Berlin, the Chinese-made high-speed train whipped us by in only 4.5 hours. We’ve taken the Shinkansen Japanese bullet train everywhere in Japan by then and […]

More Beijing Photos

More Beijing Photos

Photo taken in June 2016 We spent one morning walking the Hutongs(old alleys) of the city. Not a whole lot of them still existed and the ones did, were totally commercialized. That said it still made good sense to walk them, at least the trees, […]

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

We know that the Great Wall never worked in protecting the country it intended to. We know that the Great Wall doesn’t even exist anymore, after hundreds of years’ negligence, most of them are just earth mounds. And whatever we can see or climb is […]

Beijing

Beijing

We haven’t been updating this blog for a long time and I hope the vacation is over. First a write-up of Beijing, China. It was actually a while ago now. We were in Beijing June 21st to June 28th, 2016.   From South Korea to China, […]

Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

It was bitterly cold in Muang Ngoy, the northern Laotian town. After dark, we had to do push-ups and squats to stay warm. We missed the tropical sun in the south again. The only way going south was to backtrack the boat trip to Nong […]

Eating Vietnamese Hot Pot on a Hanoi Sidewalk

Eating Vietnamese Hot Pot on a Hanoi Sidewalk

It was damp and cold tonight. We found this hot pot place on a sidewalk of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. We had no idea how to eat it because they not only gave us the normal hot pot stuff, but also rice paper and cold, cooked […]

How Much does it Cost for a Family of Four to Travel the World

How Much does it Cost for a Family of Four to Travel the World

We debated a long time before we decided to post the numbers. Depending on your personality and where you’re from, everyone has their own opinions on how money is supposed to be spent. The most extreme seemed to be from the wealthiest country in the […]

Some photos taken in Muang Ngoy, Laos

Some photos taken in Muang Ngoy, Laos

Muang Ngoy was an even smaller town in northern Laos. The only way to get there was by boat up the Nam Ou; road wasn’t built yet. The whole town had one dirt road. Well, if you count side streets I supposed there were two. The […]

Bumpy bus to Nong Khiaw

Bumpy bus to Nong Khiaw

One day in Luang Prabang, we went up the small 200 meters hill of Mount Phousi to see the famous sunset. The hill was sided by two rivers and the sun would set by the mountains behind the Mekong River. This was South-East Asia at […]

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

For hundreds of years, Luang Prabang used to be the city where the king of Laos resided. This is easy to see why. The city bordered by the rivers of Mekong and the Nam Khan on two sides, with the other sides by the mountain. In […]

Slow boat down the Mekong River

Slow boat down the Mekong River

Laos, 75% of the population lives under US $2 a day. With roughly the same size of UK in Europe, or the state of Utah in the USA, there are only 6.8 million of Laotians. Right beside Laos, there is Thailand with 67 million and […]