Now Playing: End of the trip
Well It's hard to believe that I am making the final entry into this Asia Blog. This trip and the preparation for this Asia trip has consumed my life for the last two years. The journey far exceeded the expectations.
I think Joyce and I covered as much of Asia as we possibly could in four months. Both of us would like to return but I don't think it will ever happen. The one huge dissapointment of the trip was not going to Myanmar. Had we gone when we first arrived in Chiang Mai Thailand we could have gotten in and out before the demonstrations broke out. We had planned to visit India and go to the Taj Mahal but again our plans were interrupted by civil unrest in Agra India which is where the Taj Mahal is located.
So now Asia is behind us and South America is ahead of us. We will be starting a South America blog some time in the future. We would like to start our South American trip one year from now. Maybe the second week in September. All the backpackers and families will have went home to school or back to jobs by the end of August and that means less crowded and lower prices. We will be visiting Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Ecuador. Not sure how we will work it all out. If we begin in the Patagonia region of either Argentina or Chile we will be arriving there in their spring time and we can work north with the weather.
To anyone who has read any of our ramblings I hope you enjoyed reading along. I learned a lot about the whole process of travel and keeping information posted. For one it was much more difficult than I imagined it was going to be. I did not realize how many countries block personal web pages. Every country we were in had internet access but most of them had some kind of filter. I did learn about proxy servers but they operate so slow that it is hard to post anything other than text with them. A proxy server is a server that is usually located in some country with very liberal laws. You access the server though a webpage address. Once hooked into the proxy server you can access the internet anonimously and you can access websites that are banned in whatever country you happen to be in. The proxy server webpages address changes often because the governments are constantly searching for them so they can block them. One proxy server I used in china was http://www.s-hhhh.com. I'm not sure it is still in operation. As I said countries are always watching for proxy servers trying to put them out of business. Even the US government tries to end proxy servers because they fear terrorists can use them. Hopefully in future travels I will be able to do a better job of keeping things up to date.So it's been fun. Some time in the future I will be starting a blog called /southamericablog. Right now I know almost nothing about the countries we will be visiting. I am going to have a busy year, there is a lot to learn.