Third large bowl of lamian is served at a Hui noodle joint.

Matt, voicing our server: A third bowl, eh? Are you meeting a friend?
Anjuli, responding: No, we're going to the end of the world. We need sustenance.

— A hui lamian joint in Hezuo, Gansu
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At a hotel in Mengnuozhen, a small town between Yongde and Dehong. Highlights:

  • Baseball- sized melted crater in the top of the TV that is about an inch deep
  • Computer, whose box comes seated in a nice piece of styrofoam, probably straight from the box it came in. The LCD still has some plastic from when it was purchased, although its yellowing and peeling off.
  • The touch light panel that's impossible to use considering the lights go off when you leave the room. Oh, and let's not forget the exposed wiring sticking out the underside of the bedside table
  • The key system for the door, where the handle just spins and the key has to be inserted into a slot in the knob.
  • The bathroom smells of fetid onions. We've noticed this is a cultivated scent in motels.
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GalleryThe Great Road Trip of China is about to commen...

Oh, hello there. It's been quite a while, I know. We've been in China this whole time, I swear. There have been five weeks of Chinese language classes and three weeks of a whole-hell-of-a-lot-of errands in between us. Now, Chinese drivers' licenses in hand, car purchased, Chinese car insurance decoded, food, camping and survival items bought off of Taobao (in Chinese!) and stuffed into the car, and our brains fully saturated in survival Mandarin, we're doing the final route planning for The Great Road Trip of China. View Gallery »

GalleryMandarin mannequins

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GalleryHong Kong and Kunming on Film

A good ride in Hong Kong

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I don't think I've ever eaten Cheerios with a beer before.
— Matt, eating Cheerios with a beer
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Don't be upset if we call you with no advance notice, tell you we'll be in your city in one hour, and ask -- would you like to meet up? We're travelers; rest assured, you learned of our plans as soon as we did.
— Observing how we always say "Sorry for the late notice, but..." in emails, texts and calls
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GalleryShooting Film in Hong Kong

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I dao know

We were walking through the local market, surveying all the curing pork, vegetables and fruit yesterday when we came across a woman selling the freshest greens we'd seen. She had huge Chinese scallions, all manner of bitter green, lettuces, gourds, cucumbers, etc. She approached us and made a sweeping gesture of her goods to indicate we should buy. We responded that we couldn't cook. She chuckled, shaking her head, and then said something. View Post »

I had a dream we got hacked because I clicked on a link to buy peanut butter.
— Matt, just waking up
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