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Under The Weather

8,999 km so far. We were planning to head into Xinglong today, a town about 20 km from the surf shack. The town is the centre of coffee growing on Hainan, and also has hot springs and hot spring hotels. Yesterday, Boris told us that the town has lots of little cafes where you can […]

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Chasing Waterfalls

8,999 km so far. It was our intention to sleep late, letting the sound of the surf gently rouse us around 10am or so, but with no curtain on the sliding door in our shared dorm room, that dream died with the sunrise. All was OK though, because it was a beautiful sunny morning, and […]

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Beach Bums

8,984 km so far. It wasn’t enough the hotel had been crawling with screaming children last night. While Jane tried to sleep this morning, the hotel staff decided to have a shouting match outside our room. They may have just been discussing the weather, but from the sound of it you’d be forgiven for thinking […]

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Running On Empty

8,984 km so far. At some point today, we realised we’ve been on the road for 10 months. Though we’ve both done a lot of travelling in the past, this is by far the longest we’ve ever been without a place to call home. Part of me is still longing for new adventures and fresh […]

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A Day On My Own

8,879 km so far. Jane spent most of the day in bed, but the good news is she is feeling quite a bit better. While she slept the morning away I took care of a few chores. Mr. Clean Jane’s bike has been squeaking, mostly I suspect because she isn’t as OCD about cleaning it […]

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All Quiet On The Eastern Front

8,879 km so far. It was amazingly quiet when we woke up today in Qinglan. We are in a different China than we have seen for the past four months. The streets are empty, lined with coconut palms, the air isn’t filled with honking horns, and the sky is blue, not grey. Even though the […]

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A Thoroughly Pleasant Day

8,816 km so far. This morning when we woke up and opened the window, something just felt wrong. At first we couldn’t put our finger on it, but then we realised it was eerily quiet outside. No kids were screaming in the alleyway below our room, no horns were honking in the distance, no youths […]

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Is Effort Effective?

8,715 km so far. A recurring lesson in my yoga classes the past year has been “Effort Is Effective.” Today involved a lot of effort, but the results were disappointing. We are planning on cycling on Hainan for the next 10 days, before heading back the mainland, and riding into Vietnam. Chinese New Year is […]

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Making Plans For The New Year

8,715 km so far. With Chinese New Year and Tết on the very near horizon, we have had to do some uncharacteristic medium-term planning. Things get crazy in these parts during the Chinese New Year celebrations, especially on the island because Hainan is a popular touristy getaway. We’re pretty excited to get to experience the […]

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Pineapple “Express”

8,715 km so far. We awoke to a cacophony of explosions. No, civil war hadn’t broken out, although it sounded like it. This was wedding madness. Chinese New Year is approaching and everyone (it seems) is getting married. I don’t know if the two are related but I assume they must be. Leizhou was abuzz […]

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