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Beijing and Completing the Circle

  My final destination in China is Beijing. From there, I will fly home, completing my journey around the world. I fly from Harbin to Beijing and my airport pick-ups and flight are smooth and painless. The rode to the … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Harbin, Part III

My luck with the weather runs out during my last full day in Harbin. It is very cold and drizzly with the kind of damp chill that requires both a multitude of  layers and waterproofing. Promptly at 10 a.m., I get … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Harbin, Part II

Even with maps in three different languages, Harbin is not easy to navigate. From the time the city was built until the Communist revolution in China, street names were Russian. After that, they were Chinese of course, but they are now … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Harbin, Part I

Arrival in Harbin My arrival in Harbin is confusing. I don’t take in much as the train approaches – just an average-looking city with lots of traffic. Even going over the Sungari River somehow doesn’t make an impression. (The Sungari is now … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Khabarovsk and to China

Khabarovsk Though I am very unhappy about interrupting the flow of my journey with an airline flight, the trip from Krasnoyarsk to Khabarovsk by plane goes smoothly with no dreaded airport delays. Khabarovsk is in the Far East of Russia and is … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Krasnoyarsk

The train trip from Omsk to Krasnoyarsk is 18 hours long. My compartment-mate this time is a young woman. She almost misses the train because of the heavy traffic on the way to the train station. She is not very … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Omsk

On the Train from Samara to Omsk My journey across Siberia begins in Samara. The cab driver who takes me to the train station in Samara is a rap music aficionado with a shaved head. He delivers me to the newly built and … Continue reading

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