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One More Word

In China, Mongolia, Mystery Trip, Russia on October 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

“Gratitude” is the word that has come to mind most often on this trip.  I’ve been to China, Mongolia, and Russia, and each country has given me sights, adventures, and gracious locals to help navigate the trip.  It has reminded me that people are generally kind and generous, it just takes leaving your comfort zone to find them sometimes.  So next time you see someone in your hometown who looks a little lost or wayward, take a few minutes to encourage them through something small like a smile or something bigger like a minute of your time to help them out.  Trust me, you will be a big shiny angel in someone’s memory for the rest of their life.

Grateful thanks goes to:

China – Tina, Joe, and Lily for showing me the Great Wall in their own style, and taking the time and money to treat me to fresh fruits and local restaurants.

Mongolia – Rob and Marlene for spending an entire afternoon catching up after 20 years, feeding us dinner and ice cream cut with a knife, and sharing their thoughts and experiences in the country.

Russia – Tarana and Shura for an unforgettable trip on the Transsiberian; Anya at the Baikaler Hostel for exceptional service, you’re bound for great things!; the entire staff (but especially Nadia) at Mir Hostel in St. Petersburg for making everything here comfortable, easy, and cozy; Grafin Restaurant for two of the best evenings and meals EVER in any city I’ve been to.

Special hip hip hoorays to:

Andres – Beijing would have been a little dull but your company and awesome conversation ended up being the nicest way to start the trip.  I’d travel with you anywhere, anytime.

Doris – a travel buddy who turned out to be one of the best decisions on this adventure.  Your unique insights, sense of humour and laidback style were exactly what I needed.  So glad we’re still smiling and still friends at the end of it!

My mom – for giving me an appreciation of Russian history and for encouraging me (read “financing”) to check out St. Petersburg.  She may be slow to come on board but once she does she’s my biggest cheerleader.

My shoes! – for holding my feet up for countless miles of walking and hiking.  Really, I can’t believe I’m still standing.

Thanks also to everyone who dropped notes along the way, the international adventure is always sweet but thoughts from home are sweeter!

That’s all from this side of the water.  With love from Russia (and China and Mongolia).

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  1. Hi Alsion,

    It was great to be a bit part of your journey whilest at work 😉

    Arnout

  2. Alison,

    It sounds like you have had an incredible time! I am so happy for you and am looking forward to hearing more about your adventures once you are home!

    Karen

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