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Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan, a small, isolated country in the Himalayas, sandwiched between India and China. My friends Matt & Emily are living & working in Thimphu for a year as part of Matt’s PhD research. The idea of visiting friends in an obscure, out-of-the-way place was way too tempting to pass up, so […]

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Bangkok

I haven’t mentioned this yet in previous posts about my Asia trip (Hong Kong, Macau), but the excuse for the whole 3+ week journey was to visit friends who are spending a year working & studying in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. It’s an isolated country that’s complicated to get to; Bangkok is one of the primary entry points by […]

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Macau

An hour’s ride on a high-speed ferry (there’s a departure every 15 minutes) across the mouth of the Pearl River from Hong Kong gets to you Macau, Hong Kong’s “Sister SAR.” Macau’s history is similar to Hong Kong’s, except with Portugal as the foreign power instead of Britain. Macau has considerably less land, and fewer people, than Hong Kong, but […]

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Hong Kong

I just returned from a 3+ week, multi-stop trip to Asia: 11 flights (ranging from 20 minutes to 14.5 hours), 8 airports (from huge, modern ones to 2-room shacks), 4 countries (with layovers in 3 more), 3 big cities and numerous small towns. We saw temperatures ranging from 100° F to below freezing, tropical gardens and snow-covered peaks, languages written […]

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Crystal Mountain

Although our home ski hill, Crystal Mountain, will be open for spring/summer skiing until at least mid-June, we’re nearing the end of the winter ski season here in the Cascades. Some snow will still fall, of course, but the majority of cold powder days are behind us. Soon the long, slow process of melting the 10+ feet of compacted snow […]

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Rossland

Red Mountain, a ski resort in Rossland, British Columbia, is the type of place that many avid skiers have heard of but few have actually visited. It’s known as much for it’s lack of pretension and crowds as it is for it’s expert-friendly skiing and dry, fluffy snow. Last weekend we did a road trip to give Red Mountain a […]

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Lech am Arlberg

St Anton (subject of my previous post) is one of several ski areas in the large Ski Arlberg region; lift tickets there include access to the nearby resorts of Stuben, Sonnenkopf, Zürs, and, most notably, Lech, which we visited for a day. Lech is a decidedly upscale place that caters to wealthy folks from across Europe. Accommodations and food are […]

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