Permanent Vacasian

The traveller sees what he sees; the tripper sees what he has come to see. – G. K. Chesterton

News Update: Border Dispute

April 4, 2009
by Stuart
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Fighting erupted again on the border of Cambodia and Thailand around the Preah Vihear temple Tina and I visited – and embarrassingly napped through an minor exchange of gunfire. This time the fighting was deadly as both sides had casualties and one of the markets we shopped at was set on fire.

Hopefully they’ll rebuild it with a few more restaurants.

News Update: China

March 10, 2009
by Stuart
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While in China, I tried to go to Xihae, a largely Tibetan region that occasionally steams the government’s rice, if you know what I mean. If you remember, I had a heck of a time trying to get there and eventually gave up and went back to Beijing.

Well, it looks like the government has gotten upset again. A couple weeks ago they marched in a ton of troops and took the place over and are keeping tourists out. My buddy, Richard, with whom I hung out with in Jiayuguan, sent me a NYTimes article about the whole thing.

Sounds like I might have missed my chance to see Xihae for a while…