Step 3: Shangri-la at Last

January 9, 2016  As previously mentioned, altitude sickness hit Alex and I much harder than we ever expected. We thought that by stopping in Kangding (2,560m/8,400ft) for a couple of days, and Daocheng (3,800m/12,400ft) for one that we would be able to keep it at bay. It was only as I was hurling my brains …

Step 2: The Long Road to Daocheng

January 6, 2016 Kangding was a nice starting point, but I'm always ready to move on, to move deeper into the journey. However, doing this required waking up at 5 AM to catch a bus. I call this a conflict of interests, because as eager as I am to continue, I'm also a great lover …

Step 1: Kangding

January 5,2016 Today I reek of woodsmoke and coffee.    Don't worry...it could be worse.   Here at 8,000 feet Alex and I rest our heads in the capital of the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Region, Kangding (altitude 8,000 ft). This is the last stop for strong coffee, ATMs, and beautiful strawberries. However it is only the …

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Days until I am State-side once more. I cleaned, packed, and left my apartment today. In two weeks' time I will no longer be an expat, an American living abroad. I will be an American living in her own country. The United States of America. Whoopee... It's quite funny to me how these tiny little …