I’m being driven mad by bus and train timetables and booking agencies…and I haven’t even gotten on a train yet!
After many days and hours sitting in front of the computer, I now have the following confirmed:
(28 Apr.) London – Paris (bus)
(28 Apr.) Paris – Berlin
(2 May) Berlin – St. Petersburg
(7 May) St. Petersburg – Moscow
(11 May) Moscow – Beijing
Arriving in Beijing on 17 May.
No, I have no idea what people do on a train for six days either.
Everything after Beijing is up in the air. Maybe my parents will meet me there and travel down with me. Maybe I’ll find a job packing ropes in a climbing shop in Yangshuo and become a bum.
Oh, did I tell you I got some brand-spanking-new shoes in Wales? Reduced from £60 to £40! Whoopeedoo! Climbing shoes NEVER go on sale in London!
If anyone knows anyone who knows a reputable hostel to stay in St. Petersburg and Moscow, please do let me know. That will save me from spending more time in front of the computer.
Now I need to sort out a transit visa for Belarus (never heard of it until now. My Berlin – St. Petersburg train apparently goes through it), money (what and how do I bring money with me? Stuff cash in my socks and panties?), travel insurance (please don’t let anything happen to me in Russia!), buy a mug (free boiling water on the Trans-Siberian railway apparently), get a travel adaptor, tell the banks I’m moving home, sell my bike (if you want to buy my bike, with helmet and lock and lights and everything, let me know), ship the remainder of my crap back to Hong Kong….and probably a million other things I will remember only when I’m in Russia.
I have a tendency to do things only in the last minute. Even moving across continents. You can call me indecisive. I’d like to think I’m spontaneous. Hence I pay outrageous amounts for my tickets.
Oh, and there’s a barbeque send-off thingie going on in Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon (if the weather holds up). I know that I don’t know you and you don’t know me (and possibly don’t want to), but you are welcome to come nonetheless. Then at least I can pretend I have some friends.