Author Archives: Chris

China: The Last Bike Tour Begins

“You’ve got to be kidding me” I said, eyeing the cop car pull up outside the hotel. The troop of Chinese officers who got out forced their way past the hanging curtain of the hotel’s front door like they were … Continue reading

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What’s in the Stare?

There it was again. The unnerving stare. The boy was peeping at me from the shadows of the doorway. How long had he been watching me this time? I raised my eyebrows and smiled at him. His inscrutable expression didn’t … Continue reading

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Hitting Brick Walls: Our First Political Investigation

We’ve learned a lot about journalism on this trip. We’ve made a lot of mistakes, too. Every story we’ve tackled has challenged our persistence, our resourcefulness, and our ethical boundaries. The last story we covered in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan was no … Continue reading

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Remembering Why We Travel

All I wanted to do was read my book. It was over a hundred degrees, I was tired from cycling, and I looked forward to getting lost into a novel for a few hours. While bicycling across Central Asia, my … Continue reading

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Our Month Long Battle to Enter the People’s Republic of China

  Prelude: Dushanbe We had been waiting all morning outside the Chinese embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Morgan glanced at his watch nervously. It was only 30 minutes before the embassy closed for lunch, and there were still three more people … Continue reading

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