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Crossing the Chinese/Mongolian Border by Land

What a fascinating trip. I just did this route -

Beijing -> Erlianhaote -> Zamyn Uud -> Ulan Bator

Why do I choose such circuitous, crazy routes? Well, lots of reasons.

I want to understand as much as I can about the world, and taking out of the way routes - especially through important border towns - teaches a lot.

Often, you can manage a route like this in a way that's much less expensive than direct flights. Yes, time is money, but money is also money.

Early On a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

Lately, I've developed a habit of secretive Asian book hunting.  This basically involves walking into a book store with my stylish but largely non-descript attire.  In my casual, serpentine sort of way, I would quietly meander by all of the discount-book racks and with my slanted Asian eyes framed within my ultra-adorable glasses, ravenously scour the displays and shelves for cool stuff to read at very reasonable prices (less than $5, but no more than $10).  I've found quite a few lovelies this way.

First off, there this: 

For a whopping $2.99 from Barnes and Noble, I purchased a book full of easy-to-understand instruction on various knitting projects for beginners and advanced knitters alike.  Yay!  I followed a pattern for a book mark and made this:

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