Week 9: Stats

Kilometres: 3666+462
Cyclists wearing ski gear under 40°C: 1

Anticipating on the next ice age, our fellow cyclist in ski jacket, jeans and heavy boots makes us feel all of a sudden very unprepared

Anticipating on the next ice age, our fellow cyclist in ski jacket, jeans and heavy boots makes us feel all of a sudden very unprepared

Propaganda placards in the streets of Xinjiang villages reminding the friendly population that there is only one China: 13

"Comrades of Xinjiang, you'd better learn to read Chinese or buy a pair of glasses"

“Comrades of Xinjiang, you’d better learn to read Chinese or buy a pair of glasses”

Connect 4-shaped buildings used to dry grapes into raisins: 38

Traditionally used for water storage, these brick buildings proved with time to be more useful for drying grapes

Traditionally used for water storage, these brick buildings proved with time to be more useful for drying grapes

Oil-drilling derricks: 43

While Xinjiang accounts for 30% of China's oil reserves, it accounts for a remarkable 74% of its ovine population.

While Xinjiang accounts for 30% of China’s oil reserves, it accounts for a remarkable 74% of its ovine population.

Ghost Cities, yes, you read it correctly: 1

With all the troubles of late we expected the locals to be a little uptight in Ghost City, but as it turns out they were all super natural (sorry, had to be done)

With all the troubles of late we expected the locals to be a little uptight in Ghost City, but as it turns out they were all super natural (sorry, had to be done)

Kids of Xinjiang not scared yet by Matthieu’s attempt to grow a beard: 1

Cute kid Xinjiang

Scary looking guys having a laugh at what must be an excellent joke: 5

And then Mao said: "It is the duty of the cadres and the Party to serve the people. Without the people's interests constantly at heart, their work is useless."

And then Mao said: “It is the duty of the cadres and the Party to serve the people. Without the people’s interests constantly at heart, their work is useless.”

3 thoughts on “Week 9: Stats

  1. No matter what Oli says, I think the beard looks great on you, Matthieu. The muttons there are probably fed some kind of hormone-filled stuff, since it seems that you’d never be able to grow that much facial hair before. I hope it doesn’t have too many other side effects.
    Jia you guys!

    • Well, as strange as it may sound, this was a self-inflicted joke in anticipation of the comments that might arise on the beard front. Oli has actually been very supportive of the whole process, just as much as i am very supportive of his attempt to look like Wayne Rooney.

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