Another Good View from a Run

Makes thing a bit easier…

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Good Run

Nice View

Look what I got myself into

For a few years now I have said I wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and I just made some day into February 6, 2011 (aka Super Bowl Sunday).

Last night I registered for the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach in hopes of getting below 3 hours 10 minutes 59 seconds to qualify for Boston. Previously, my fastest marathon was 3 hours 22 minutes and 21 seconds so I have a lot of work to do, but I’m encouraged by my 1 hour 32 minute performance at the 2009 Shanghai Half Marathon with not much training.

I have lots of work ahead of me, but I am confident that I can make this happen. Wish me luck. I’ll try to post some updates as the training starts.

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Looks Familiar…

An 85 C Bakery opened near my house, so I decided to check it out. For those of unfamiliar with this place, it’s a Taiwanese bakery with locations all over Beijing and Shanghai. The products and layout looked basically the same as in China, but much busier.(I waited in a 5 minute line at 7 p.m., the place was happening.)


Not used to seeing this sign in the US


The Line


Ajisen Ramen(A Japanese noodle place all over Shanghai(including the Expo and the Airport) that I occasionally frequented for lunch. I only expected to see this 85 C in shopping center, so I guess I got lucky.

Tous Les Jours- A Korean French Bakery Chain that I used to go to when I lived in Beijing.

I went to see 85 C and I ended up passing a few other familiar chains from my time in China. I wanted to see what all the hype about this 85 C and everything seemed pretty similar, except this is the sole location in the US, while there are 63 in Shanghai alone.

Southern Tibet


Yamdrok Lake


Tibetan Plateau


Typical Homes in Rural Tibet


Why do clouds look so much cooler at high altitude?


I liked the scenery on the Nyalam to Zhangmu section of the Friendship Highway


Still my favorite section(even though a flipped road construction turned our drive into some hiking..FYI: No one was hurt)


Zhangmu: A one lane city crossing up and down the mountains(The last Chinese city on the Friendship Highway)


Friendship Bridge@ the China-Nepal Border

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Mount Everest

All pictures taken at about 17,000 feet.


Sunset over Everest


Looking away from the Roof of the World


Mt.Everest the next morning (@ the furthest place tourists can go on the Chinese side)

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Lhasa


Potala Palace @ Sunset


Last day with the Beard (After 2.5 weeks without shaving, I found the beard a little too annoying)


View from Draka Yerpa


Debating Monks at Sera Monastery


View of Barkhor Square from Jakhong Temple

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Dunhuang


Sunrise at the Dunes(Notice my beard in the distance)


Dunes during the day


Camel


Magao Caves

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Sleeper Bus…



First time in this type of bus, but it was a suprisingly comfortable way to get from Urumqi to Dunhuang(16 hours)

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Northern Xinjiang


Rainbow Beach near Buerjin


On the way to Kanas



Kanas Lake


A view near Hemu


Be Nice


Yadan landforms


An Urumqi Alley with good naan

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