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Face to Face With The World’s Largest Buddha

The Giant Buddha in Leshan, a two hour bus ride away from Chengdu, was a must see on our trip.  From Xiannanmen bus station in downtown Chengdu, we bought two one way tickets to Leshan.  In China, you buy your tickets at the departing station, as a result, round trip tickets are a rarity, and if ...

Meeting Pandas in Chengdu

My friend and I hopped on a plane from Zhuhai to Chengdu to check out the awesomeness of Sichuan province, home to China’s giant pandas.  As with most visits to tourist locations, I generally rely on the receptionists at the hostel or hotel for the inside scoop about on the local hot s...

Colorful Gran Fondo China from Yunnan Province

My racing team in China mentioned this race in Yunnan 云南省 in passing. I am very glad I looked into it and we made it out for some fantastic riding and racing in Yunnan, which is a neighboring province to Tibet (Xizang 西藏省). Cara and I packed up our new coupled tandem into my single bike bag and ...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 It is quite the quiet Christmas here on the other side of the world (not to be confused with actual silence, as that is impossible to find in China) as we have come upon our first holiday season devoid of family, Christmas spirit, or really any understanding of what Christmas even is.  Th...

Tangjia Zhuhai Monthly Night ITT

  Individual Time Trials are not something I normally participate in or look forward to racing in as they hurt, and I have never really done that well in them anyways. My teammate and friend Steve has been really getting into them and wanted me to come out and do this one that is on the same c...

Zhuhai Airport Road Race

Today was quite a day of racing.  Cara and I awoke at 8am, so that we could go outside and walk the less than 100m to where the Tour of China was scheduled to race past our apartment.  This was pretty cool and only the second time I have gotten to see a full blown UCI road race. I was pleasantly...

Hiking Samaria Gorge

After one night’s sleep in the port city of Heraklion, Crete, we took the morning bus to Hania (also seen spelled Chania) where we would stay to explore and hike the Samaria Gorge.  Our two hour bus ride was well worth it for this charming old style town.  Narrow, winding pedestrian streets are ...

Sailing With Dolphins on Naxos Island, Greece

Half an hour on the metro from Athens city center took us to Piraeus, the main port of Athens in which you can take a ferry to one of Greece’s countless islands, or even over to Italy for a whole other adventure entirely. Our destination this morning was Naxos, the largest of the Greek Cycladic i...