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Bo 'n' Louise

A blog about one of our trips

The unprepared round-the-world tour starting 29th of June 2009.
First phase was from USA to South America on motorcycles. We made it, and the bikes are sold.
Second phase was the South Pacific... from island to island in old fashion backpacker style.
Third phase was around and around in Southeast Asia.
In fourth phase Louise went back to Denmark (August 2010) for work, while Bo continued in East Asia.
In fifth phase we were both on work, Louise in South America and Bo in Southeast Asia.
In the sixth phase Louise was in Denmark while Bo was making his way home through Russia.
By November 2010 both Louise and Bo were back in Denmark and an amazing journey has ended - but then there is always the next trip :-)

Donkey penis

China (Bo) Posted on Tue, October 05, 2010 11:04:11

I had a few days in Beijing between North Korea and Vietnam, and what better way to spend them than eating some donkey penis.

To find a restaurant that actually serve the donkey willy, I had to have a note written in Chinese character that said “donkey meat restaurant” on one side and “penis” on the other. I’m sure I had accidently showed the penis side to people on the street, for they looked really worried when I asked for direction.



Pyongyang

North Korea (Bo) Posted on Tue, October 05, 2010 09:54:36

A trip to Pyongyang is more time travel back in time, than anything else. Automobiles are a rare sight, people are dressed in drape clothes and the advertisement is non-existing. The only form of decoration in the streets are grand monuments in honor of the Dear, but dead, Leader Kim Il-Sung and his ruling son Kim Jong-Il (the father is actually still the head of state, even after his death).

I felt very exotic when I checked in for Pyongyang at Beijing airport.

Pyongyang airport.

A bunch of flowers which I laid at the feet of the huge Kim Il-Sung statue…

It is Kim to the left. Please note that I had really dressed up for the occasion.

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to meet Kim Jong-Il beside on the tv. They had just appointed his son general of highest grade, so that was a fairly big event. Anything Kim Jong-IL does gets to the front page of the national newspaper. When I was there the prime story was that Kim Jong-Il had attended a female brass orchestra and enjoyed it very much, or so they wrote.

So there was a lot of brown dressed delegates in town, who stayed in the finest hotel… the bar there was boosting a small aquarium with a real sea turtle, something the local delegates found extraordinary amusing.

Apparently we were the first tourist group ever, who got permission to take pictures out of the bus window. When we got the happy news, we just went nuts with the cameras.

A trafic officer, normally those were dolled up females…

There were some public transportation.

Here the subway, which looked like a toy model.

Some comrades listing to the country’s proud military history.

Here we get a detailed phase by phase of some battle. They are very found of visual exhibition.

But nothing beats the visual impact from the Mass Games. Mind blowing in every way.

North Korean brewed something called green beer… it was actually greenish, and tasty.

More North Korean beer.

We visited a supermarket, which surprisingly had a lot of German products. I didn’t knew North Korean liked gummy bears… or had access to them.

A proud tourist at another grand monument.

There are more “real” pictures from North Korea on Globe Spots.



Mass Games, part 2

North Korea (Bo) Posted on Mon, October 04, 2010 16:33:36

Here are a couple of my own videos – sorry for their short length, but I was busy taken dead pictures. But I’m sure you get an idea of what the Mass Games are.

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Mass Games, part 1

North Korea (Bo) Posted on Sun, October 03, 2010 02:11:40

It has been a wet dream for me for a long time to go to North Korea, so when the opportunity came up I went for it.

It might come as a surprise, but it is neither impossible or difficult to go to North Korea… just very expensive and you have to be part of a group tour, which will be supervised by no less than three North Korean guides all the time.

The main attraction for my trip was the Mass Games. An insanely coordinated performance done by thousands of dancers, acrobats, kids and soldiers doing synchronized things. This show is, of course, put on in the biggest stadium in world (space for 150,000 spectators… the Bird’s Nest in Beijing only had space for 90,000 during the Olympics), which lies in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

So this is a small taste of it.

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Note the ever changing background. It is all man-made by 20,000 people with colored plates. Impressive!



China’s mainland

China (Bo) Posted on Sat, October 02, 2010 04:11:26

After all the great travelling in the Tibetan area in the west, I went back to mainland China. And what a contrast.

Beautiful!!!

Just a train station.

The subway in Beijing – very efficient!

The Terracotta Warriors – there were more than just this guy.

Some Chinese souvenirs, dead animals.

A mad female three-wheeler taxi driver try her luck in the opposite direction.

Public mass dance on the square…

And line dance in a Chinese disco.

The train to Beijing.

The Bird’s Nest, Beijing national stadium build for the 2008 OL… but is rarely used today.

Soldiers in the street, Beijing.

There are malls in Beijing that only cater for Russian hoo… eh, tourists.

The people’s choice of car is of course BMW.

What could this be? Well, my theory is that it is a bomb chamber in case of terror bombs. They were everywhere in the subway.

Suction marks from Chinese suctioncup-therapy.

I don’t even want to know what kind of Chinese “exciters” they are selling.

Classy t-shirts…



The boys

China (Bo) Posted on Tue, September 21, 2010 07:19:48



China’s corners

China (Bo) Posted on Sun, September 19, 2010 07:40:50

Well, the plan in China was to go to Tibet. I had the same plan two years ago, but then suddenly it got ridiculously expensive/difficult. Unfortunately things haven’t changed – actually quite the opposite. In fact Tibet is now in the same price range as Bhutan if you are travelling by yourself. So Tibet got postponed for the second time. Instead I chose to travel the area right outside Tibet province (I did the same two years ago… we remember the sky burial). No permits are needed and the Tibetan culture is apparently as good, or even stronger than the Han-Chinese flooded Tibet province. So the route this time was northwest bound: Chengdu – Kangding – Tagong – Ganzi – Dege – Manigango – Serxu Gompa – Yushu – Xining.

Mainland China…

the Tibetan areas…. uh, the choice of where to go is difficult.

Not Stockholm, but Chengdu. Finally European companies start to sell all their Chinese made products back to the Chinese. Brilliant!

Last time I travelled the region I was all by myself, so this time I was delighted to find two travel mates, British Alex (23y) and Swiz Marti (29y), with the same plan. The scarily bright-minded Alex was on his pre-real-job trip before the finance world would turn him into an enviously wealthy man. The well-travelled Marti was a PhD student, also from the finance world, with a love for photography, Chinese BBQ and Asian… eh, beauty. Both great travel-, drinking-, and discussion-buddies (though their finance discussions went over my head). But enough back padding, back to China.

Marti (left) and Alex in a minibus (10 hours ride) stuffed with 14 Chinese and me.

Alex hypnotized by some Chinese BBQ. Don’t ask what kind of meat it was!

A traveller’s dent in Tagong… one of the few places with other travellers.

The only entertainment around were pool…

and Tibetan karaoke.

Getting around was with whatever transport we could find. Here dealing with minibus drivers.

This lorry gave us a lift (it was even free).

Two men from Shanghai managed to squeeze us, our bags and a couple of hundred polyester shirts into their car.

The polyester-shirt guys and me at one of the many mountain passes. The sign state 4700m, but my GPS said 4568m… not the first time that happened.

As usual all menus were in Chinese.

Ordering food was therefor always a bit tricky…

Here Alex tries to order with a pointing dictionary… surprisingly, we did get something to eat in the end.

Some of the small towns we went through were purely Tibetan wild west.

Our ceiling in a hotel in Dege.

And the toilet… at least there was a door and it could even lock… not always the case (both with the door and lock). Please note that there is no bath… something we had to live without for almost a week.

Marti trying to capture the amazing mountain scenery from the bouncing backseat, not easy at all.

Here a truck that didn’t manage to hang on to the winding road.

Marti takes another shot.

One day we had to rent a whole minivan for a day’s journey, and this was our fine Tibetan driver. Unfortunately the trip ended a bit strange. When we were 30km from our destination, the driver stopped in a town, which had a similar name as our destination, and denied to drive any further. So there we were, discussing for two hours, drawing the attention of half of the town and getting nothing than stupidity from the only English speaking person in town, who was only drawn in for translating, but decided to negotiate on the behalf of the driver, with the usual lame arguments as “everything in Europe is so expensive, so therefor you are able to pay whatever”. We ended up paying a bit more, which we could have done right away, if the driver hadn’t categorily denied to drive any further – he even tried to convince us that we were in the right town.

If you think monks are thrifty, come to China.

This is the last picture before my camera decided to crash (shutter needs to be replaced)… so now I have to buy a new body before next destination (oh, it is a secret what it is). Luckily I had a compact camera with me, else I would have been very grumpy traveller and the blog would have ended here.

Breakfast Tibetan style. Yak yogurt served with chopsticks… I just love their way of thinking.

One of the last places on our Tibetan odyssey was Yushu, which got hit by an earthquake earlier this year. Most houses were demolished and replaced by blue emergency tents.

Your spiritual traveller in a moment of enlightenment!

As always, if you want to see some “real pictures” from the trip visit Globe Spots and check out the photo galleries.



The last from Louise

Malaysia Posted on Sun, September 19, 2010 07:18:58

Before going home Anne came back out in the world for a trip to Malaysian Borneo.
Evening shower in Kuching

We met in Kuching and headed for the rainforest
Bat exodus – millions of bats leave the cave at dusk
Wauw..
Wauw
Even more wauw – a local woman
A not so local woman on her way to yet another cave
Indiana Jones go home
Trekking 35 meters above ground in the canopy

The strangest animals come out at night in the rainforest
weird creatures
An albino tarantula – nok a healthy colour in the forest
Stick animal catching the lightWhen you hear leaves rustling it could be a giant snake – or a cute little mouse
Fab camouflagemore cool camo
Probably the weirdest creature I have ever seen..
And the weirdest plant..
Nature is amazingfull of coulours
weird
curious
and lovely..
and beautiful
so beautiful..

Then we headed to the coast for some world class diving
Semporna
Semporna fish marked – there were fish here I have never seen under water..
Kissing fish
Cheap fish
and smiling kids

and so much life under the surface
Diving is awesome! wauw again

Then it was time for some shopping
And good-bye sushi with Anne

And then I got to see Bo again before heading home

Kiss

Adios… (from the kids room? – it was Bo’s new room – maybe thats why?;-))



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