Monthly Archives: February 2011

Night Train to Hanoi

The train from China to Vietnam leaves Nanning at 6:45 pm from the hectic railroad station. It’s an overnight trip, and the only accommodations available were “soft sleeper,” which is what I wanted. I hung around outside the station where … Continue reading

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A Quick Day In Nanning

Before I left the train station in Nanning last night I bought a ticket south, to Vietnam I hoped. I had until 6:45 pm to blow in Nanning. I spent an hour on this blog, then realized it was a … Continue reading

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Leaving Shanghai, on the Train to Nanning

I squandered my visit to Shanghai on messing around with the Metro, shopping (without buying) and eating. Just when I was getting comfortable getting around the vast city, population nearly 20 million, it was time to move on. As I … Continue reading

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By the Numbers

Before I leave the subject of the ship I wanted to set out the numbers. Seattle to Pusan 4616 nm Pusan to Yantian 1143 nm Yantian to Kaohsiung 340 nm Kaohsiung to Shanghai 592 + 43 “river in” nm Total … Continue reading

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A Rube in Shanghai

I left the ship in Shanghai on Wednesday evening. I expected a bag search at a minimum but it went very smoothly.  Three uniformed Immigration officers came aboard and met with the Captain in his office. I was summoned, one … Continue reading

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The Anti-Piracy Helpline

February 8 – We’re due to arrive in Shanghai, my last port of call, tomorrow around 11, but have gotten word that the Port of Shanghai is closed due to fog. In other shipping news, the Baltimore received this teletype … Continue reading

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