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After a Long Hiatus, I am back!!

written by Traipsing Terra July 8, 2016

That’s right, after what seems like a huge hiatus, I’m back. Some of you might think that I fell off a cliff somewhere in China. Well, the cliff I fell over was the Great Firewall. Sadly, even with a VPN, due to the slow Internet connections I could rarely connect with my site. Even if I could get the page to load, there was no way I would be able to get any pictures loaded and finish my posts. And come on, pictures are worth a thousand words, so how could I just give you a bunch of boring text sans images. So, giving myself a break I decided to keep writing content and wait until I could easily load my site to get posts up again.

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Above are breads of the Muslim Quarter in Xian. The craftsmanship of breads in Xian, Xinjiang, and Kyrgyzstan are really amazing. Stay tuned for a post all about the food I have enjoyed eating over the last few months.

Another food shot to get you excited for posts to come. This one shot at the Kashgar Night Market.

Kashgar Night Market, a wonderful place to people watch and eat cheap food.

 

So what am I doing now? And what does the future hold?

I have officially made it to Kyrgystan (that’s right, a new country, and a beautiful one at that), which means that I can now bring you more content. I have a whole lot of information on traveling the Silk Road through China, and lots more about SE Asia too. Soon I will be heading to the backcountry to do some backpacking, but that will allow me to return with beautiful photos, and good stories from my time in the Kyrgyz mountains.

After about 10 days we head to Almaty, Kazakhstan. There we will take a much needed break from constantly moving. We rented a studio and will be spending our time relaxing and checking out the city. Along with relaxing, I will be able to spend some much needed time updating the blog, and creating new content. Staying put will also allow for lots of day trips to the surrounding mountains for hiking and swimming. It will also leave us time to really dive into life in Almaty, which is something you can’t do when spending just a day or two in a city. Although I would love to spend more time in Kazakhstan, we only have a free 15 day visa.

After our time in Almaty, it will be time to head back to Kyrgyzstan for a few more days on our way to Tajikistan and the famous Pamir Highway, followed by a few days in Uzbekistan. This will mark the last month of our big Asian journey, and our return to the US. Can you believe it’s been almost exactly 3 years since we left? I sure can’t. We have had so many adventures, met amazing people, and done so much. But I am excited to return to see friends and family, check out some new American cities, and eat tacos and sprinkled doughnuts. And oh man, will I need to catch up on my jogging game.

To those that are still reading this after my long hiatus, I thank you for sticking with it, and I really hope you enjoy what I have planned for the next few weeks.

Taking photos of the amazing Tianshan Grand Canyon outside Kuqa, Xinjiang China.

Taking photos of the amazing Tianshan Grand Canyon outside Kuqa, Xinjiang China.

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Zhangye Danxia National Geopark. Zhangye, Gansu China

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, filled with lots of adventures!

What are your travel plans for the summer? I would love to hear in the comments below.

 

 

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