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Author Archives: Michael Ruge

September 4 GENTAMAHOW INTREPID translated to “SO F++++kin GOOD!!!!

This was our final day with the Intrepid group and we started out with bus trip to the GREAT WALL – Mutiantu. We walked up to station number 21. The views were incredible and the walk was a long one and so worth it. Some of the steps were really narrow – made for little … Continue reading »

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Carefully Slippery August 29 – September 3

Our tour group consists of Aussies, Kiwis, Brits and Canucks! We started today with a walking tour of Shanghai. My insides were very upset and a few bathrooms were destroyed enroute. Thankfully William, our guide from Beijing, took me to the Chinese pharmacy and got me some concoction made of twigs and flowers and roots. … Continue reading »

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The Art of Squatting August 25 – 28, 2011

Coming from the Western World, we are not too familiar with “Squat Toilets” and they are very common in this part of the world.  The 1st thing to remember when travelling in China is too bring your own TP – they do not supply it unless you are staying at a upscale hotel.  The squat toilet … Continue reading »

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Drunken Shrimp and Tongue on a Stik August 20 – 24 2011

As we had missed our flt to Chongquing, we booked into a cheap airport hotel for an early departure the next morning. We dined on Drunken Shrimp which are “live” shrimp that have been doused with alcohol and then served to your table – they were still grey… Speaking of food, the choices are vast … Continue reading »

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August 17th to August 19th

TIME TO LEARN MANDARIN… Jess and I left the Wild Wild West Canada, however, got lost finding Vancouver Airport with Michael as our driver…We even plugged in Consuela Miss GPS and she too could not find the right terminal.  At last we made it with only 3 hours to spare… After checking in with Air … Continue reading »

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