Roma & Natalia - Travelers. Photographers. Storytellers.
We quit our jobs and sold everything. We are looking for our own path.

Muslim streets in Xi’An and on to Shanghai

Muslim streets in Xi’An and on to Shanghai

First thing we do in the morning is go to the train ticket office. Traveling by train here is not the easiest logistically. You can’t buy tickets in advance online for the entire itinerary. You can only buy tickets in the city that the train departs from, at a ticket office or at the train [...]

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Beijing – Day 6: Summer Palace

Beijing – Day 6: Summer Palace

This is our last day in Beijing. We have tickets for a train leaving for Xi’an at 9:30pm. We check out of our hotel and have them hold our luggage for the day. In the meantime we still have the whole day to go to the Summer Palace, which used to be the summer residence [...]

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Hiking the Great Wall

Hiking the Great Wall

We woke up at 5:30 in the morning for the hiking tour to the Great Wall. The hotel front desk calls us a cab and writes down the address in Chinese. This is something we have to do every time, since the cab drivers will not understand any address in English. In 3.5 kilometers we [...]

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Beijing – Day 4

Beijing – Day 4

Today we check out the other main sights of Beijing: the Temple of Heaven and the Lama Temple. Beijing is a huge city and not at all walkable, especially in this cold weather, so we decide to take the metro to all the sights. Surprisingly for a capital of its size, Beijing’s metro only opened [...]

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Beijing – Day 3

Beijing – Day 3

After such a late night we oversleep breakfast. Tired and having only slept for 6 hours, we have to get up and run off to see the main attractions: its winter, the day is short and the sights close early. One of the issues we face is that we don’t have any winter clothes with [...]

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Beijing – Day 2

Beijing – Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, which was a mix of their idea of a western breakfast with bacon and eggs, and some Chinese food like rice, egg rolls and smoked whole eggs, we headed towards the Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square. The temperature is hovering steadily around freezing, and there are patches of frozen snow [...]

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Off to the East / Beijing Day 1

Off to the East / Beijing Day 1

Flight - We flew from Paris to Beijing on British airways. On the layover in London we are surprised that there are almost no Chinese people on the flight. We expected a lot more locals and we overhear some business travelers remarking along the same lines. It seems like china gets a lot of western [...]

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