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Posts from the ‘Thoughts’ Category

Sweating on the Great Wall

In the planning of this trip, I made an early decision that I would not spend much time in Beijing. After all, I’ve been here before and seen the big ticket sights, and on the whole would rather save my vacation days for new things.

Except for the Great Wall. I wanted to go to the Great Wall with Steve.

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Logistics, planning, and scheduling (disappointment)

This trip has been in the planning phases for more than a year.

On November 18, 2013 I posted this on Facebook: 

I am once again thinking the trans-siberian railway sounds like a pretty cool vacation. Maybe in a year or two?

And my cousin Steve Vincent responded that he was interested. And the rest is history.
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What to pack for September in Siberia

This is the Packing Post.

Everyone going on a journey needs a Packing Post, right? I know I looked for other people’s packing posts when I was planning this whole adventure. This post is where I tell you what I’m bringing, and why. (I plan to update this post when I get home with any notes on items I didn’t need–or wished I had.) (And post updated…see below.)
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The Trans-Siberian what?

I like big trips. (A sentence which so calls for a “and I cannot lie” conclusion, followed by a poorly-conceived parody of Sir Mix A Lot. Readers, I was sorely tempted.) Read more

Glorious Autumn Walks

This. This fall, this beautiful fall. Beautiful, warm days, with crisp morning and evening bookends, and blue skies and sunlight that make stained glass sculptures of the trees…. This.
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