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Before ever making it out to the Great Wall of China, we sat on our small plastic chairs outside in the atmospheric little alley, or hutong, deep in the heart of the immense and fascinating Beijing, and gaped at the young Chinese woman in astonishment, furiously trying to think of what she could possibly think we might want to do with the massive leg of mutton she was presenting in our direction. Not presenting with a smile, either, like it could possibly just be a crafty joke to suggest the two of us might actually eat such a thing in its entirety, but with a rather grim set to her lips and a hard stare like she was daring us to admit we weren’t up to it. Of course, to us, the fact that we weren’t seemed incredibly obvious, but then we have the benefit of having spent the past…

When we got up it was cold and snowing. We thought the snow was kind of funny, but mostly because we were leaving. If we wanted to do other stuff I don’t think it would have been so funny. It’s not really my business but I think if Mongolia wanted more tourists they should try to have less snow. Or at least not have any where the tourists can see it, like on the Trans-Mongolian train. There were lots of other tourists in the train station. They all looked pretty tired, just like us. But not many of them had a boiled egg like we did, or a cookie. I think some of them would have liked a bite, but I didn’t think there was enough for everyone so I just ate them all myself and tried not to make eye contact. There were quite a few announcements over the…

Well, we’ve been back in Canada for almost 2 weeks now, just long enough to visit Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and Elk Ridge and get one Christmas finished up, another left to go on the more traditional dates. However, before that there was the small matter of our very first visit to the fascinating city/state of Hong Kong, a place I would have imagined to be a major Asian hub but which has somehow never popped up on one of our itineraries. But considering that for nearly a decade it has been the home of an old friend of ours, in fact one of Laynni’s oldest – in terms of history, not age, of course (I think Mike continues to lead the pack in age), we decided it was time to simply make it happen. It wasn’t a long visit, 4 days, but with Hong Kong being reasonably famous for…

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