Summer 2018

六号:In Which a Karamay Boy Comes Home

The skyline sidled in much larger on the horizon than I remembered. My travelling-home-to-Karamay song, The Lion’s Roar, came on shuffle as we pulled in - fate? - and I noticed that the city really has expanded to (nearly) reach the distant station. I’d always had my doubts but it’s only a matter of a few blocks now. Our hotel was actually one of those new developments, albeit closer to Karamay proper. (more…)

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Summer 2018

Three Idiots Are Now Abroad (China)

It turns out that travelling from Edinburgh to South China across two flights and twenty-four hours is a bit of an ask. Booking was the easy part; also easy was deciding that a 4:30am start was absolutely fine. "We can sleep on the plane," we said. Ha haa. My tone might betray an element of hindsight, since I'm writing this from our Guangzhou hostel room in the afternoon of our first day and we. Are. Shattered. (more…)

By TJC, ago