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Goodbye! Summing it up…

June 2, 2008

999,999 Total KM’s Covered (check out our Google map!)
?!@#$? Money Spent
6,720 Pictures Taken
5,416 Meters – Highest Point Visited
1,322 Mosquito Bites
230 Days on the Trip
72 Cities Visited
67 New friends on Facebook
39 Blog Entries
30 Stomach Problems (gotta love India!)
27 Long Distance Bus Rides
20 Dives
14 Train Rides
9 Flights
5.5 # Of Languages we learned how to count up to 5 in
5 Countries Visited
1 Home
-150 Lowest Point Visited

Hope you had fun following us around Asia!

You have our phone #’s, don’t be shy to give us a call!

Until next time,

Love,
NoaAyal

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Thailand – Islands in the Sun

June 2, 2008

We came to Thailand in order to vacation after this long hard journey before we came home, so we made our way as quickly as possible to the Islands!
Our vacation on the islands started with Ayal having a 39 degree fever which passed just in time for the “Full Moon Party“. A crazy party with over 5,000 people on a small strip of beach drinking from buckets of joy..

From there we moved on to some under water fun – diving! The diving was nice, but we felt that nothing we saw could compare with the underwater life at Andaman islands – so we might have to go back there one day!
So after many fruit shakes and working on Noaa’s tan we are now back in hot and humid Bangkok enjoying our last Pad Thai’s and some final shopping..

Check out the pics:
http://gallery.atpic.com/20109

Love,
NoaAyal

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Macau – NoaAyal hits the casinos!

June 2, 2008

Our 2nd visit to Hong Kong only focused on one thing.. buying a laptop! and of course some jewish studies with our friendly hosts..
from there we quickly moved on by fairey to Macau.
Macau was a Portuguese colony until only about 10 years ago when the Chinese and the Portuguese came to some agreement in which Macau was returned to China. Their is still a heavy Portuguese influence in Macau – most of the locals speak Portuguese and loved speaking Spanish with Ayal which apparently looks spanish. The streets signs are all in Portuguese a little Chinese and maybe English.

Macau is China’s Las Vegas! with over 20 casinos on this small island it’s really hard to avoid going into one, or 2, or maybe even 5 !!
Most of the hotels/casinos weren’t as fancy as Las Vegas, BUT, Macau has its own MGM, Sands and Venetian (the exact replica of the one in Vegas). These are the 3 casnios we decided to donate some pocket money to (as they are all owned by jews!).. thank god we only had 24 hours in Macau before our flight to Thailand other wise we might have had to shorten our trip 😉

Check out the pics:
http://gallery.atpic.com/20108

Sorry, no pics of the casinos.. no cameras allowed!

Love,
NoaAyal

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Shanghai – Come to my tea show!

June 2, 2008

Many foreigners decide to settle down in Shanghai, a city which has many western characteristics.
Shanghai is known for it’s tall buildings and the “band” (the promenade which goes along the river side). Shanghai also has colonial buildings and small traditional chinese streets which reminds us that it is still a city in China. Shanghai isn’t as crowded as Beijing but it’s still a pretty hectic place! check out this video showing how pedestrians, 2 wheelers and heavy traffic run harmoniously.

In Shanghai you will find many English speaking Chinese, mainly many “friendly students” who would like to practice their English with you. A little bit of small talk which shortly after turns into an invitation to a “traditional tea show” in which after you would drink some tea you will soon find out YOU are the star of this show having to pay a ridiculous amount of money for that small cup of chai. Don’t worry, we didn’t fall for this scam, instead after learning the rules of this new game we could spot out these students and decided to invite them to OUR traditional tea show… they weren’t humored as much as we were 🙂
Shanghai has a lot of great night life to offer and has some extremely fancy bars and restaurants around down town.
This was our last stop in “mainland” china so we decided to leave with one more chinese experience.. oysters on a grill!?!

Off to Hong Kong!

Check out the pics:
http://gallery.atpic.com/20107

Love,
NoaAyal

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Beijing – “We are ready!!”

May 6, 2008

But, are they really??
Our first impression of Beijing other than the huge distances in this massive city was that Beijing is one big construction site!
Every where you go there is some thing under construction.. as we type these letters there is a tractor outside ripping apart the old road and will be replaced (before the olympics of course) by some new beautiful/biggest in the world/first ever/never seen before/chinese authentic styled new road! you may be feeling a cynical vibe, but do not be confused, that’s what everything here’s about!
Every thing has to be the best / the biggest in the world and so on.. here are a few examples:

  • olympic stadium – birds nest & the swimming arena – ice cube
  • airport terminal #3 – largest built complex in the world which covers over 986,000 sq. meters in total floor area.
  • forbidden city – the oldest/largest/restored palace! – did you know that??
  • the great wall – enough said.
  • you get the idea..

with our luck we were in Beijing over the workers holiday (May 1st) which makes it harder to breath not just because of the unexplained heat/dust storms/bus egzoz/general pollution but because of 1.3 billion people hitting the streets!

The Great Wall – is really great! it used to be around 6,700km long (not a typo!) and it has been estimated that somewhere in the range of 2 to 3 million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall.
We really enjoyed walking on the wall even though we couldn’t see farther than 100m ahead of us due to heavy mist (pollution). We’re not going to search for words to describe it, you’ll have to one day come and see it yourself.. in the mean time here are our up to 100m photos of The Great Wall:

BUT, the best part of the Great Wall (at least the small part we went to see) was the toboggan ride back down to the parking lot!!!
Ayal says – COME TO CHINA JUST FOR THIS!!!
Noaa says – Magziman!
Here’s a short clip to show you what it’s all about:
Please note, Ayal had accidental stopped recording after a small bump.. so at least you can see half of the way down 🙂

Check out the rest of the pics:
http://gallery.atpic.com/19480

Love,
NoaAyal

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Xi`an – Crazy Chinese Emperors

May 6, 2008

Xi`an’s a big city surrounded by a wall (beginning to sound familiar?) which happens to have a lot of green around it..
Xi`an has a rich history since it used to be the capital of China before Beijing and is one of China’s main tourist attractions thanks to the “Terracota Army”! – which happens to be the reason we came here as well 🙂
The “Terracota Army” is actually a tomb of Shi Huang Di the First Emperor of China. This was over 3,000 years ago but only discovered around 30 years ago! Shi Huang Di went to war and united all the dynasties in China during that time.
Anyways, this emperor believed that when he dies he will move on to the next world and decided to bury along with him an army of over 8,000 soldiers to protect him in the next world!!

The terracota figures are pretty big – 184–197cm. The different sizes and shapes refer to the rank of the soldier, biggest being the general and next the commanders.. they’re very impressive!

Judge for yourself:
http://gallery.atpic.com/19479

Love,
NoaAyal

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Where the hell are they?!?

April 22, 2008

If you’ve asked yourself this question at least once, this is for you:

We worked very hard on this… hope you like it.

for the full feature version go to:
http://tinyurl.com/4889v4

Love,
NoaAyal