How I got stuck in the Gobi Desert for 6 months

Part 1: How it all began
Way back in 2001 I was in the University of Otago in New Zealand studying Chinese. Why Chinese? Well, it seemed even then that China was the up-and-coming place. Besides I’d originally majored in computer science but it was a bit too simple (I remember comp sci 101 was basically “this is a mouse. it goes click. click, mouse, click!”). So I chose Chinese instead.

Any road up, the opportunity arose to go to China to teach English and improve my Chinese. I jumped at the chance. I would be in a small city near Beijing, so I could work in the week, and during the weekend I could head to the big smoke to absorb all those thousands of years of Chinese culture and history. And do some partying too.

That was the plan…

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