Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful.
It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom.
He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically,
but almost with pleasure.

Aldous Huxley

Friday, May 30, 2008


It is now my 5th day in China with Sabrina. We just arrived this morning in Xi'an, our second destination. Beijing was hugelly massively impressive. It's just enormous. There are dozens of cranes in the city, as new sky scrapers are poping out every day. I am really amazed by the pace at which Beijing is going on. VW Passat is the must car, and indeed there are thousands of them on the jammed streets of the capital. Audi and Mercedes are also incredibely numerous. This city smells money being massively transfered between busy hands... But some do not manage to follow. Some rickshaw guys still wander around, but they seem lost in the middle of the 10+ lanes avenues, packed with thousands of cars and city buses...
Yesterday we took the bus to the Summer Palace, a couple of kilometers away from the central Forbidden City. The ride was at least 2 hours long, due to the incredible 24h traffic jams that characterize Beijing. The high rise appartment building are everywhere; for kilometers and kilometers they can be seen, as long as the smaug allow the sight. Beijing is huge.
Yet I already love China. People are great, and very helpfull. The first night I wasn't able to order food, for the language barrier is really a problem. But I'm already getting better. I even asked for soy sauce the other day to put in my rice. Also there is so many Chinese tourists that foreign ones aren't perceived as rats invading the country, as I felt in Latin America. I'm looking forward to be able to discuss in Chinese so I can talk with the people... Maybe get to visit some people living in one of the few Hutong left in Beijing (the traditional districts with houses with courtiards)... I think the comming 3 months are gonna be great.

3 km from downtown Xi'an...

The nice view from the plane, over Beijing.

Forbidden City...

And the view from the summer palace.

Monday, May 26, 2008

On my way...

That's it, finally the day has come, I'm going to China. As one would say "nothing taste better than dumplings"... Yes, it's gonna be my strangest 3 months I guess. And hopefully I'll speak fluantly chinese in the end... but in the meantime... Anyways, my backpack is nearly ready and there is barelly 20h of travelling separating me from China. My heart's starting to beat faster while I write. I realised the other day that I haven't travelled for that long since my sabbatical year in 2005/2006. And I never experienced such a cultural choc as the one I'm going to have... but that's the beauty of the thing, isn't it? Yeah.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Baguette and rosé, accompagné de saussisson.

Et voilà. Like every other year since I left France 3 years ago, I'm now back in Provence for the summer. Yes. This time it started with a flight with Air France, in which I got my small baguette with my meal. I like. However, I had asked for a vegetarian meal, trying to be inovative with my flying condition... but the three ridiculous piece of dried tofu were not even funny. Does vegetarian mean not hungry for Air France thinkers? The baguette was nice though.

Later on I enjoyed myself with a 4€10 cafe in the Place St Germain-des-Près in Paris. Delightfull.
The best was the 1€ glass of water in Nîmes, for it was sunday. The water from Nîmes is known for its therapeutical virtue. I will take the occasion to celebrate my birthday next week end. Voilà. What a beauty.