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”In this darkness, huddled groups of people waited in the empty streets for buses. That seemed a grim pastime, a long wait at the Harbin bus stop in winter. And by the way, the buses were not heated. In his aggrieved account of his Chinese residence, the journalist Tiziano Terjanii, writing about Heilongjiang in his book The Kingdom of the Rats, he quotes a French traveller who said “although it is uncertain where God placed paradise, we can be sure he chose some other place then this.” (Excerpt from Riding the Iron Rooster)1

Linda and I went for tea at the Agra Indian restaurant in Warminster.

1 The writing of Paul Theroux was one of the main inspirations for me becoming a travel writer.

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