I have booked in to the Karagandy hotel
4:56am 26 April 2018 Pacific Time
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Khorgas, 17 April, 2018

I spent a large part of the day exploring Khorgas and talking to office workers and bank employees to understand whether ownership of residential and commercial property is permitted to foreigners.


Khorgas, Xinjiang, China, 16 April, 2018

Arrived in Khorgas at 07:42 on train K9789 from Urumqi.

The trip so far has had many challenging moments. First in Shanghai China Mobile had locked me out from getting a SIM card when my passport was entered into the system. I was told to return in an hour to get one. After getting the phone service from a very thoughtful lady I found I didn't have enough time to wait in line for the train tickets. I tried to get in the front but was rejected by the first to people. I very kind man in an adjacent lime told me I could get in front of him. I got to the train station in time but most people had already boarded.

When I arrived in Urumqi the extensive security system and checking leaving the station caused me to be confused as how to find the way to the bus terminal. After passing through security for the BART system and paying the 1 kuai fare I had to go back out and around the barriers to get to the local buses. I finally got the right one and went to the hotel.

The hotel was one of my least desirable experiences. The room and bed were clean but the property was dismal and the shower had little water that was barely warm enough to endure.

I had to go through 3 sets of scanning security (2 with pat downs) to get to the waiting room. I'm glad I went to the station with about 6 hours to spare.


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Kelowna, 27 December, 2017

I am starting to learn how to operate and fly a Mavic Pro drone. It is much more difficult to discover all the details than I thought it would be. Every source of information I have yet discovered presumes the operator to have some knowledge and leaves out significant steps to success.

If the proper process is not followed carefully the drone could take off into the unknown and be lost.

I have looked at the map showing the position of the drone and it shows this drone to be across the road and down the street from the true location of where I am; so good luck finding it if it is not seen landing. It looks like it can be anywhere in a 300 meter circle.

Drone Checklist

youtube introduction

youtube Camera testing

youtube Feature testing


Kelowna, 3 December, 2017