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Forums > Living in Kunming > Living with CoVid-19

Covid-19 affects everybody differently, and hopefully your infection does not morph into Long Covid.. My cough and phlegm-hocking lasted for 8 months.. Now, after 32 months, I have a normal bowel movement, fewer chronic headaches, milder brain-fog, but still some chronic fatigue.. There is no treatment or cure..

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Kunming-Vientiane Freight Train

China Daily states that after the first year, $1.4 billion of freight moved between the 2 cities.. Through what used to be a wall of mountains, the 1050 km trip is made in 10 hours..
Damned impressive!

Forums > Living in Kunming > S-2 visas are over

Go ahead and laugh, @AlPage48, but being deported for a visa overstay has its perks: the police book your flight to whichever city you choose, handle your luggage & transport to your exiting city, and pick up the tab for everything.. A very friendly experience..

The only drawback is not being able to return for 3 years; a nice break.

Good luck !

Forums > Living in Kunming > 3 day negative covid test for air travel

I paid 120 under a tent somewhere; same day result, in Chinese..
Thing about it was, from KM to Guangzhou to Los Angeles to Istanbul, not once was I asked to show test results or medical documents..
Not until entering the EU zone after Istanbul was it checked..
This was in April..


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Off topic: I was fortunate to have visited the cemetery of Rachel's namesake; Ernest "Papa" Hemingway, at Ketchum Idaho. Far off the beaten track; a winter ski resort area, it was worth the detour, for those with a literary inclination..

He lies alongside wife Mary, with a slender evergreen at the head of both graves, which were simple slabs of dark granite; about 8 feet (2 & 1/2 M) long.. Visitors had left little trinkets, coins, etc, at the foot of the graves; otherwise, no magic-markings or signs of desecration in this quiet and desolate location.. Other Hemingway graves were not far away, but whose names I don't remember.

And when in doubt, recycle anyway. Even if the plastic is unfit for re-use, it is generally incinerated in environmentally approved facilities, with proper filtration.

Burnt unfiltered plastic releases toxic levels of p.c.b's.

It is regrettable that bio-degradable plastic has yet to gain traction on an industrial basis. It was developed around 5 years ago, in the US, as I recall.
Many people simply don't grasp the theory of recycling; never have and never will.

My experience indicates that southern Europe is as guilty of plastic pollution as the Asian nations; there are simply many more people in Asia.


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