My friend Tryg took this photo during his first few days in Beijing this week. He and my good friend Ian left their Portland, Oregon home on November 2 to travel China for a year. They’re 25-year-old guys, lifelong best friends, without much money or Mandarin-speaking skills, and no solid plans after their first week staying in an old friend’s Beijing apartment. Their spontaneous—perhaps impulsive—style of travel is terrifying, liberating, and admirable.
Blogger, Facebook, and many other social networking sites are closely watched, censored, or blocked entirely in China. For that reason, Ian asked me to take on the job of editing his writing and posting it, along with Tryg’s photos, on Ian’s blog. It’s called Wander Sage. I’ve just posted their very first journal entry from within China: http://sagewanders.blogspot.com/2011/11/800-am-november-2.html
In this first blog post, Ian and Tryg get lost on Beijing public transportation, muddle their way through communication in Mandarin, and eat steaming bowls of mushroom noodle soup.