Maybe the complaints got to be too much, or maybe our guide didn't translate the feelings to her boss correctly. She turned to us after clicking off the phone, stating, "Ok, the tour is cancelled." To which I replied in a rage, "You're ruining my birthday!"
I don't understand how people function without toilet privacy. I just don't. It was an absolute struggle through the Silk Roadistan Tour when I had to not only deal with the dreaded squatter, but also, the squatter with no doors.
Remember when I took the Trans-Mongolian train from China to Russia? Remember when I discussed why we worked with Real Russia to get those train tickets, and also the electricity situation while on-board?
You’d wander around the town wearing yourself down with the trials — like those listed above — and then walk through the big green doors for the Kashgar Old Town Youth Hostel and immediately feel at ease.
When you’re traveling long-term with limited gear in your bags and won’t be getting off a train for several days, you probably want to know a thing or two about the setup along the way… perhaps whether or not there are power outlets for you to charge your gear.
As you all know, a big part of the Silk Roadistan tour was the big bad Trans-Mongolian railway journey. Before you ask: Yes, it was awesome. I plan to blog thoroughly about the trip in detail, but just to get you caught up, here is the atypical Trans-Mongolian railway route.
This photo doesn’t depict the actual chaos that I felt on the streets of Kashgar (it doesn’t show the hundred silent scooters on the sidewalk), but it does highlight my slightly orange hair and my Travel Massive shirt quite well. Ever been to Kashgar?… Read more