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February 20, 2010

New York Times: Why We Travel Reader Photo, February 21, 2010

ZAMYN-UUD, MONGOLIA, AUG. 28, 2009.
“Every year I pick a spot in the world to squander my vacation. I tend to travel alone. Here, I was crossing into Erlian (Erenhot), China, from Mongolia. The Trans-Siberian Railroad had no seats left, so going by jeep was the less glamorous but equally exciting alternative. These were fellow travelers who paid $5 each to the driver. They were Mongolians who spoke neither English nor Chinese. During our three-hour ride, we communicated through sign language, played with the baby, shared food and sang. That’s what so amazing about traveling. It transports you to a foreign land, where you have nothing to depend on except for your basic humanness.
— Peipei Zhou, New York

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