Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Blue Moon

As seen on a late night at work. Advertisements

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Xinjiang: Flirting on the Nalati Prairie

Meet Azhatae, my horseman and guide for his home, the Nalati Grassland. I’m laughing hard here because my horseman was using some incredibly cheesy pick-up lines as he snapped away. “Stay here with me; you can ride my horse every … Continue reading

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Xinjiang: Nalati Prairie

This is the Nalati Grassland near the Sino-Kazakhstan border. This was my favourite place on the whole trip – it’s not difficult to see why. Visitors to Nalati on a group tour have a few options to while away the … Continue reading

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What is Arcadia, anyway?

From Ben Okri’s In Arcadia “Arcadia is our secular Eden…A place of dreaming, and songs, an oasis, a refuge from the corrupting cities, a semi-ideal landscape, a qualified paradise. A place with the quietly troubling presence of death, and exile, … Continue reading

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Xinjiang: The Bayanbulak Swan Lake (with no swans)

Grazing animals are lovely to watch. China has a thing about fencing up natural wonders and charging (exorbitant ticket prices) for them. They do so for lakes, and prairies, and mountains… I understand charging a fee for landscaped parks and … Continue reading

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Xinjiang: Just one of the Chinese-Russian borders

So the tour I booked saw us staying one night in Yining city, Yili region, with a little evening tour of the ‘minority ethnic streets’. Yes, evening – this is broad daylight at 8pm or so because all of China … Continue reading

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Holidays of the Spirit / The Arcadian Dream

From Ben Okri’s In Arcadia “‘Even if we don’t believe in it, we need the Arcadian dream,’ Lao said suddenly. ‘If only as a place where the spirit can rest. In life the body can have many holidays, but the … Continue reading

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