January 2010

Probably out of Internet Contact for a While

January 14, 2010

We could be totally wrong, but there’s a good chance that we won’t have much internet time over the next 4 weeks (Jan 14 – Feb 14). We’ll be traveling through New Zealand, where we’re planning on camping as much as possible and don’t expect many wireless campsites. From there we’ll be heading to Tasmania to […]

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20,000 Miles

January 14, 2010

Today, as we fly from South Korea to New Zealand, we pass our 20,000th mile. Back on October 11 we passed 10,000 miles and estimated that we would pass 20,000 “somewhere around Japan in January” – which is exactly where we are (at the time we thought we’d be visiting Japan – unfortunately we had […]

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Card Game: Min Hwa-tu

January 13, 2010

We weren’t in Seoul for long before Anjel’s family started teaching us how to play the traditional Korean card game of Min Hwa-Tu. I’d seen the deck of small cards before, Anjel and I even had one around the house, but we had never played – until now. I am  hooked on it and Anjel’s […]

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Fortune Cookie Game: For Once

January 13, 2010

This has nothing to do with travel, and we’re not in China, so I can’t pretend it was inspired by that. It was something that I was reminded of this evening, and it’s a meme that I try to pass along whenever I can. So I’m going to take this opportunity to do so.

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Little Help Here: Melbourne, Australia

January 12, 2010

Anyone have any friends or family in Melbourne, Australia? We will arrive in Melbourne from New Zealand around 8 in the morning on Wednesday, January 27th. We leave the next morning on a ferry for Tasmania around 9 am. We’re (probably) capable of getting ourselves to and from whatever lodgings there might be, and we can […]

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Mongol Money and Multiple Writing Systems

January 11, 2010

The Mongolian currency is the Togrog. The exchange rate is roughly 1470 Togrog to 1 US Dollar. Throughout most of Europe, thanks to the prevalence of €2 coins, it’s pretty easy to have a pocket full of change that adds up to more than $30. As an American, where a pocket full of change is […]

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