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Monday, June 16 2008

Mario and his family!

Saturday was the big day for Mario. He first decided to test the Czech railways and took a 40 minutes trip to a touristic place in the south-west of Prague, called Karlstejn. This trip was the occasion to meet fins speaking swedish and disturb them in their discussion about Czech beer they were drinking. Finally arrived, was it time to discover a castle surrounded by shops selling shit like samurai swords, shuriken or other weapons that are sharp enough to cut a flamingo into pieces and have -stricly- no relation with the medieval town it is supposed to be. Anyway, after this pleasant start and the trip back to Prague allowed Mario to watch the football match Sweden-Spain on a big screen in the middle of the old town. Of course there were many Swedes there, including a bunch of funny guys wearing the swedish colors and supporting their team vigorously, screaming "Zlatan Ibrahimovich" and "Sverige" while drinking countless cans of beer. Mario got a Swedish cap there and supported his (adopted) national team with them, before leaving for other crazy adventures. After a couple of beers, the traveling bird heard of a "free museums night" taking place exactly this evening, so that was the opportunity to visit the National Museum and look for his colleagues taht will never be able to travel anymore. Hopefully we found a flamingo! Except that the 60 years old guards did not appreciate us to wander in the museum with a flamingo on the back that attracted the tourists more than the actual exhibitions. But we could take a family picture anyway. Free the flamingos!!!

Friday, June 13 2008

Czech Beer in Prague

Mario is back on the road! Now after some time spent resting in Stockholm, his hometown, he felt like travelling again. fate has brought him to Prague, where he is enjoying good and cheap beer while looking at the Euro cup football matches. Of course he like tourism and still keeps on attracting the eyes of the local inhabitants, especially czech girls. Did you know that Czech republic is the country where people drink the most beer per capita per year? 130 liters I have heard! Amazing. Let's hope Mario will not get fat here.

Tuesday, July 31 2007

Empire of the Middle

China, next part. We are moving in fast luxurious trains, eating in luxurious shopping malls, we feel like in Europe (apart from the digestion). The wildest part of the trip is definitely behind us : Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong are the most occidentalized Chinese towns you can ever find.

We're getting slowly used to civilization again. Of course, as we are in China, shopping fenzy !

More flamingo pics for the fans :

Flamingo staring at Oriental Pearl in Shanghai :

Flamingo Oriental Pearl

This one from the crossing of the Russian-Mongolian border : flamingo very well surrounded...


Sunday, July 29 2007

Great Fucking Wall

Out of these bad luck options, check out the best ones :

  • crossing the border 30 minutes too late, miss the last bus to Beijing and be forced to stay 23 hours in a crappy chinese border town,
  • arriving to Beijing and figure out that we brought half of the Gobi sand with us, so that the sky is yellowish and totally foggy even if there are no clouds at all (yeah, every winter, the sand reaches Beijing because of desertification in the west),

Sandy Fog Beijing

  • planning a great trip to the Great Wall : go to Jinsanling, camp overnight in a tower, then trewk to Simatai (10 km walk); instead of this, being blocked on the road by some traffic jam (yeah, Chinese drivers are the worst in the world, far worse than russian ones : when the cars in front of them are slowing down because of the jam, their reaction is to occupy the left hand side of the road, and consequently, after 2 minutes, everything is totally blocked for hours), so finally deciding to go to Simatai for starting point instead (then the trek would be ascending, not descending)
  • arriving too late to Simatai, trying to reach the wall, but being blocked by 20 chinese "security" claiming that is forbidden to sleep in the wall (only to redirect us to the hostels); finally, camp in a crappy corn field;
  • having your poor travelmate (ie Jesus) getting awfully sick during the night (yeah, I transmitted it to him) and totally out of energy the next morning, then finally walk 1km instead of the 10 planned...


Just kidding, Beijing is great (flamingo says).

Flamingo with Mao

Flamingo Great Wall

Sunday, July 1 2007

Leaving in few minutes

Yes!, and I'm here geeking together with Nicolas and Tanya posting some news before taking the train to go to Ekaterinburg (30 hours by train... :S We won't post anything in about 2 days for sure).

There are some more photos from Slava's birthday party yesterday. There were some nice russian chicks and a lot of alcohol, from wine, whisky... and of course Vodka!!! :D

Wanna some vodka?

We will talk more about that later... (Including "Na Pososhok", the last drink before the first step in a large journey). Today we wake up early (incredible!) to see the university of Moscow and the views from there. Of course Mario came with us (some photos in another post later).

So since we are in a hurry (the train leaves in around 1 hour and we still have to get there...) that's all at the moment. Don't forget to leave your comments and continue visitin us!!! :P

Bye bye!

Wednesday, June 27 2007

Leaving St Petersburg soon

Three days in St Petersburg and I still haven't found the time to geek properly and set up a nicer blog.

St Petersburg Bloody Church

We arrived on saturday for some kind of graduation ceremony where everybody was on the streets. It ended up quite beautifully with fireworks over the winter palace.

St Petersburg fireworks over Winter Palace

The next days, a few museums, bars, bla bla bla. Gotta run, but I'll write down a lot more bullshit on the train tonight.

Flamingo says hi. Flamingo png