Russia's Arctic Circle

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Dispatch #7 of "Four Oceans, No Planes": After three months travelling overland, Dave and Jo have finally reached the Arctic Ocean, with four hours of daylight. Unfortunately, Russian trains stopped serving vodka. 


The Two Kazakhstans

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Dispatch #6 of "Four Oceans, No Planes": Kazakhstan is a double-sided country. It's freezing outside but boiling inside, infuriating to enter and gracious at the same time. 


On Chinese Trains

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Dispatch #5 of "Four Oceans, No Planes": Thanks to China's bullet-train network, you can zoom across the country's coast in a few days. But to reach the isolated northwest, connected by slow locomotives, it helps to have a little alcohol and a lot of patience. 


The Bus Ride From Hell

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Dispatch #4 of "Four Oceans, No Planes": If you're planning to ride the 24-hour bus from Luang Prabang, Laos, to Kunming, China, you might want to reconsider after reading this story. 


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