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Travel Blogs from Valparaiso
In a week I will be somewhere over the arctic circle (I think) en route to China. I've found that because internet connections in China are not always the best, a travel blog is the best way to keep family and friends updated as to my whereabouts and activities. This will be my 3rd trip to China and promises to be interesting. This summer I will be living in Hangzhou again but instead of taking classes will be interning with the Chinese ...
... against the heel of one’s hand; and here is the camp-stove - she is a magnificent ally and has brought me solace from the convulsions of hypothermia, but she can be a harsh mistress and a deceitful ***** - turn your back on her at the wrong moment and she, jealous of your attention will soak your gear in gasoline and light it on fire. And look... just there over in the corner of your mind, there is the ability to ...
... slightly used rear derailleur in Glen Rose, Texas (thanks again Stumpblaster Cycles!). And the new set of tires here at home this week. And an extensive degreasing and re-lube session at the car wash - it actually looks like a servicable unit again.
I only have two concerns. One is the front wheel. It isn't made for touring and I am a little afraid the extra weight of the new panniers could wreck it. The other is the brakes. They aren't bad, but anyone who has had to ...
... in Cozumel
* RELAX!!!! (and maybe have a few drinks along the way)
Sun screen purchased yesterday, new shoes for M & M that have to be "dirtied up" before we leave so we don't become members of the "New Shoe Club" that, even we, love to make fun of on each trip.
Oh... and if a hurricane hits while we're at sea and we have have to stay out in the ocean for a few extra days like we did in 2004, oh well... sucks to be us! ...
... br> They sent me a rough schedule of the semester. It looks pretty sweet! Classes don't start until late March so the first month is just Orientation and a German language intensive class.
February 24 Spring Semester Students Arrive
February 25 Orientation Begins
March 1 Language Intensive Begins
March 19 Orientation And Language Intensive End
March 18-19 Language Exam
March 22-26 Field Trip to Hamburg
March 29 IES ...