We spent one day in Shenzhen, China. We did not take any tours but choose to relax a bit on this stop. Due to VISA requirements, we booked the China portion of our trip about 7 months ago when we didn’t really understand long term travel; we overbooked ourselves. We needed a day to relax and, frankly, to do laundry.
Category: en route
We took a train to reach Tibet, also known as “the roof top the the world”. The journey on the train to Lhasa, Tibet is truly part of the adventure. The Tibetan Train line was not completed until 2006 and it boast number world records, engineering feats and scenic views.
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway includes The Tanggula Pass which is the world’s highest point of railway, at an impressive 16,640 feet above sea level. It is also the only train that services the highest train station on the world, Tanggula Station, at 16,627 feet above sea level. Continue reading “The Journey to (and from) the Roof Top of the World “
We made it to Beijing, China, and met up with one of our best friends, Katie! We have been here for a few days and have had some great adventures but we have been too busy exploring to write a post quite yet. They will come, we promise!
We traveled through Bangkok again, our last time in Thailand on this trip. We went to the sealife aquarium.
We arrived in Hong Kong and made our way to the hotel on the subway. It was incredible to be in a large, somewhat westernized city! We easily managed the airport and subway. We were very excited to be meeting Megan’s parents and Claudine in Hong Kong! We arrived about 12 hours before they did and we took full advantage of the luxury hotel. We took naps, long hot showers and soaked in hot baths. The best part of the day was seeing our family’s faces when they arrived at the hotel! Continue reading “Hong Kong and FAMILY ❤️”
We headed west into Rajasthan, a state in northwest India. The car ride there was quite the journey, dodging motorbikes, semis passing each other (on a two lane road!), speed bumps, and even cattle.
Taking the train to get between cities in India is common and, for the traveler, seemed to be de rigure. We took a 22 hour train ride between Kochi to Mumbai (Bombay). We rode Second class with AC and had a wonderful journey. We left at 9:30 pm from Kochi. After getting on the train the fresh linens were passed out. We settled in, made out beds and went to sleep.
We were woken up at 6:30 am with tea/coffee and breakfast. It was a much earlier wake up then we had been planning, but for food and caffeine we figured we should get up.
From there we still had 11 hours on the train. We napped, read, listened to audiobooks, wrote blog posts (to save, as no wifi) and edited photos. It was actually quite productive. Christopher’s favorite set up with his lunch involved multiple devices.
Overall, it was a great experience and defiantly one that Christopher had been anticipating. We were both sad that we do not have time for another train journey in India.