“Low hills closed in on
either side as the train eventually crawled on to high, tabletop grasslands creased with snow. Birds ﬂew at window level. I could see lakes of an unreal cobalt blue to the north. The train pulled into a sprawling rail yard: the Kazakh side of the Kazakhstan- China border. . . .
“Workers unhitched the cars, lifted
them, one by one, ten feet high with giant jacks, and replaced the wide-gauge Russian undercarriages with narrower ones for the Chinese tracks. Russian gauges, still in use throughout the former Soviet Union, are wider than the world standard. The idea was to the prevent invaders from entering Russia by train. The changeover took hours.” — Robert D. Kaplan, The Ends of the Earth
The Rules of BarCamp •
You do talk about BarCamp. • You do blog about BarCamp. • If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot. • Only three word intros. • As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for. • No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists. • Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot. • If this is your ﬁrst time at BarCamp, you have to present.*