We just finished a three-day trek that landed us at Inle Lake, Myanmar. While the people, markets, temples, villages and floating gardens here have all been wonderful, internet connectivity and availability of electricity leave much to be desired. With rolling brown-outs, random power outages, and heavily censored dial-up internet, staying in touch with the outside world has been next to impossible. Being able to view one’s inbox is cause for fist-pumping victory; sending an email is cause for nationwide celebration. That we have been able to post this article is something of a minor miracle.
Due to these infrastructural challenges, you may have noticed that we’ve been quiet recently. We figured it might be helpful to let our readers know what articles and photo essays are queued up for delivery when we enter the land of non dial-up internet (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore) later next week.
Rounding out Central Asia: our reflections on Central Asia are drawing to a close.
- Central Asian Food – de-mystifying the adapted nomadic table of Central Asia
- Marshrutka Monologues – a view of life in Central Asia from a seat on public transport
- Sex and the Central Asian Visa – what bureaucratic visa application processes indicate about daily life in former Soviet Central Asia
- Central Asian Grind – an honest look at the joys and woes of traveling through Central Asia
- Staying Connected – staying in touch in Central Asia through a collection of mobile phone SIM cards, scattered internet cafes and wifi-enabled outposts
- The Golden Camel Awards – a camel’s eye view of the best and worst that Central Asia and the Caucasus have to offer. In three parts: Part 1: Taking the Logic out of Logistics, Part 2: Food and Markets, and Part 3: Sights and Landscapes.
Saying Hello to the New China:
China is a surprising country, fascinating in ways that we never expected.
- Kashgar on the Edge – how and why donkeys and skycrapers compete for space in Xinjiang province, China’s non-Chinese western frontier.
- A Tibetan Pilgrimage – fortunate timing affords us a stunning view of a festival in a predominantly Tibetan town outside of Tibet. A photo essay, including shots from a Tibetan opera that you won’t want to miss.
- The Antithesis of Authenticity – China seems to have a problems with fakes – not just Rolex watches and designer branded goods, but tourist sites as well.
Add to this a slew of photo essays from Xi’an, the site of the Terra Cotta Warriors, the traditional Chinese village of Pingyao and a host of observations from the hutongs in Beijing to the banked tracks of the magnetic levitation (Maglev) train in Shanghai. China is on the move…and so are we.
So, please stay patient just a little longer and we’ll do our best to reward you with some worthwhile content.