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  • hardie karges 11:22 am on March 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    China is a Mother: Leaving Laos, Enter the Dragon–Lady… 

    20190305_104154So the nice lady at the Boten-Mohan border between Laos and China in the far Southwest decided to hassle me about my latest entry into the Kingdom—my fourth over the past year—inquiring as to my motives. “Tourism,” I respond, just like it says on the form. But that doesn’t seem to satisfy her. “Sight-seeing,” I add, since I know I’d seen that word on the form, also. I have a ten-year tourist visa, BTW, so 3650 days, plus two or three for leap years, maximum 60 days per entry, so some 600 entries possible (but who’s counting?)…

    Then she asks, in English, if I speak Chinese, so I shrug and respond, “a little.” That’s what she wants to hear, I figure. If she wanted to speak Chinese, she’d’ve asked in Chinese. So she fumes and fusses and calls someone over, who quickly green-lights the entry, but just for a final ‘f*ck-you’ she holds my passport up to my face as I pass, as if to verify my identity. The passport and picture are less than a year old, so not much has changed, but that’s not the point, is it? (More …)

     
    • Esther S. Fabbricante 4:01 pm on March 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Another book – congratulations. Please don’t stop your posts.

    • hardie karges 7:50 pm on March 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulate me if/when I find a publisher. Ha! That’s the hard part…

    • Dave Kingsbury 10:39 pm on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The very best of luck with your future endeavours, Hardie, and hope to read more from you in future.

      • hardie karges 4:40 am on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. It’s not that I don’t want to write, just that there’s too much to say, and so little time…

        • Dave Kingsbury 9:50 am on March 11, 2019 Permalink

          Writing can replace experience, though I suppose the idea is to enhance it. Somehow reminds me of the story of the two kids on a school outing. One tells the other, ‘Don’t look out of the window. You’ll have to write about it.’

        • hardie karges 1:30 pm on March 11, 2019 Permalink

          Ha!

    • tom de canada 6:44 am on March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You probably know that china is reverting back to some of its old ways. With social credit system. Not an excellent citizen? then no travel. Good to hear your back in. Zaidjian.

    • hardie karges 7:43 am on March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I only expect the Chinese government to get weirder, hence the term ‘Chinese control freaks’; nothing is left to chance, if they can help it…

  • hardie karges 3:05 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: border, , , , war   

    Cry for #Guatemala… whose failed government? 

    1983 selfie in Guatemala

    1983 selfie in Guatemala

    The irony of the child refugee situation is that much–if not most–of the gang activity they’re escaping was learned in the USA, or so goes the scuttlebutt.

    That was during the 80’s i suppose, when Central Americans were escaping civil war and right-wing death-squad violence down there.

    There wasn’t so much crime there then: the right-wing military governments kept a tighter grip than the current ‘democracies’.

    So they came up here and learned the gang techniques that they could use later when their fascist governments finally succumbed to more modern democracies that wouldn’t be able to stand up to them?

    That makes sense, I guess…

    Seems like democracy is the ‘failed government’ these days, in Central America, Thailand, and elsewhere; it takes education, sorely lacking in much of the world…

     

     
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