DLD 168: Pandas, Hot Pots and a Giant Buddha in Chengdu

November 25, 2017

This episode has us on location for a recording in Chengdu, China, where pandas are in charge and boiling chili oil is a delicious dinner option.

Seth is joined by Blake, a friend of the show, to talk about travels in China and living as a Texan in some less common ex-pat destinations. In addition to the Chengdu bits we also talk about Saudi Arabia a decent amount since Blake spent a couple years there. Turns out thee are some nifty tourist sites that you’ll almost certainly never see, such as Mada’in Saleh.

On the China side we didn’t go too far off the beaten track in Chengdu but still managed to have some fun doing it. High speed trains and negotiating for a driver after arriving at the panda sanctuary was interesting. Even better was actually getting to see the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even if we did have to essentially run through it to not have our driver abandon us. The Leshan Buddha wrapped up our whirlwind tour and is where we ate, drank and recorded our episode.

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