(( Many pictures to come as soon as I remember to bring the camera cord to the internet cafe. )) Yangshuo must be one of the most touristy towns in China. It seemed to have no other majory industry, and most of the downtown consisted of gift shops, restaurants, travel agents, and small inns. In short, Yangshuo was perfect for our first few days in China–a quaint, easily manageable town that served as a jumping-off […]

Sept 4 – Geocaching in Yangshuo

Stepping off into the Guilin airport, and characteristically missing my bus, I tried to ignore the filth I’d acquired 24 hours of mass transit. Guilin is small by Chinese standards–under 700,000 people live in the city proper. In typical Chinese fashion, however, the population is densely concentrated and, it would seem, all riding their bicycles, at once, in the same intersection. I must have looked helpless, because within minutes of getting off of the bus, […]

Sept 3: Guangxhou -> Guilin

Every journey begins with a single step, and this journey began with a very familiar one. The first leg of my travel to China took me through Harvey Mudd College, to tie up loose ends, see old friends, and most importantly to prevent those friends from auctioning away all of the crap that I left in their storage room. The dorm was in great shape. Somehow, with our class out of the way, the dorm […]

Trains, Planes, and (no) Automobiles. Aug 31 to Sept 3

The summer of 2006 was known to many, or at least to me, as “The Summer of Rob”. The first three months were spent in Boston working for a small startup, enjoying one of the most vibrant cities in the US. The question that naturally arose was what to do between my time in Boston–which ended in mid August–and the start of Graduate school in mid September. Imagine my surprise when I learned that my […]

The Summer of Rob