A Siberian Explosion

A Siberian Explosion November 7th, 2018 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen The Trans Siberian Railroad is legendary. It is the Jimi Hendrix of railroads. Connecting Vladivostok and Moscow over a distance that seems farther than it would take to fly to the moon, you could ride it for

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Creating My Own Siberian Hell

Creating My Own Siberian Hell Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen I was warned about them from countless people before I left for Siberia. They can wreak havoc on you and ruin even the most romantic moments with your loved one. They attack by the thousands and never retreat

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Nearly Getting Beat Up In Irkutsk, Siberia

People Problems In Siberia Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen When on the road I typically carry no electronic devices except for my camera. I opt to leave my South Korean 2G phone at home and go completely off the grid. Of course the need for communication arises occasionally

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Siberian Stereotype Breakers

Siberian Stereotype Breakers Date- September 20, 2018 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=357gQTTmej0 Stereotypes were all I had! Vodka drinking, ballet dancing, fat men hunting wild game in the cold, stone faced people with no expressions on their faces and frigid temperatures. This was the Siberia I had

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Walking The Walk For Mother Earth

Walking The Walk For Mother Earth Date- September 11 , 2018 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen After cycling in many unforgiving parts of the world, I have become an environmentalist. My passion for tour cycling has led me to experience the reality of the world in its rawest

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Russia’s Strongest Man

Russia’s Strongest Man Date- September 7, 2018 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen My bike was packed and ready to go. My cardboard box weighed in under the 23 kilogram weight limit for Aeroflot Airlines. Packing my bike for a plane ride is always an essential part of a

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Chan Meditation- Self Inflicted Torture

Self Inflicted Torture Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen The schedule looked brutal but I was thirsty for self improvement. The path to everlasting peace and bliss is a constant struggle but I was up for the challenge. This time the retreat was only three days long but much

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Police Chase In Xinjiang

The Police Save Me again Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen I was in the middle of a dream as a dark figure appeared in front of me. Three armed police officers surrounded me while I attempted to decipher reality from the unconscious mind. The sun was shining again

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The One With No Money Holds All The Power

ThE Power Of Having no Money Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen I crossed the bridge from psychological distress to immediate relief. Finally the long awaited Xinjiang village was just around the corner. I wolfed down my plate of home cooked ‘lakhman’ and feasted on the complimentary fire stove

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Awakening On a Bed of Xinjiang Rocks

Awakening on a Bed of Rocks Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen Ice cold water infiltrated my tent at 4AM and saturated my clothing. My prayers to the sun gods were not answered. Overcast skies and piercing wind gusts were all that the heavens had to spare for a

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Mastering the Art of Life and Death

Dancing Naked in the Dark- Mastering the Art of Life and Death Date- November 17, 2017 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen The distant sky was as dark as a Michigan summer blueberry. Thunder rumbled as if I was being scolded for daring to cycle on a segment of

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Tears of Peace and Ten Days of Silence

Tears of Peace and Ten Days of Silence Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen I sat in excruciating pain as an ax crashed down on my knee. No eye contact, speaking, writing, reading or non verbal communication for ten days. One hundred hours of meditation in ten days- all done

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Lessons Learned From Chinese Children

Lessons Learned From Chinese Children Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen “Howww!” Two Kirghiz Chinese children howled in approval as they raced each other on their three wheeled bicycles. One smacked the other on the back and took off running while panting for breath.  I observed the children for

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Karakol Lake- Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky

Karakol Lake- Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen Chinese children mobbed me as I pulled into a village to rest for the night. Parents slowly strolled over to see what the ruckus was all about and Kirghiz Chinese hospitality was about to

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Karakorum Highway Cycling in China

Karakorum Highway Cycling in China Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCB3fDFE8MA Barren landscapes with cliffs shooting into the sky on both sides of me. Snow capped glaciers along the glowing horizon. Friendly locals waving as I speed by on my hybrid two wheeled machine. After more than five

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