It's been a few weeks since I updated you on the progress of my trip. I have got some good news and not so good news.
I'll begin with the 'not so good' news. Due to financial and time constraints I have had to go against my rule of no flying. I looked into several different ways of getting to St Petersburg by land and sea but it either cost a lot of took too long. One of my favoured routes was to get a ferry from Harwich to Hoek of Holand and then train to Rostock, Germany where I'd get a ferry to Helsinki, Finland where I could get a train to St Petersburg. However, I have got a visa for Russia which runs from 14 November to 13 December and the dates are not flexible at all. So to make the most of the time in Russia I would have had to leave straight after finishing work, which would not be practical. Therefore, I have decided to fly out to Tallinn, Estonia. This way I have cut out most of Europe which I have visited before anyway, with exception to Latvia and Lithuania. It makes me feel better when I think, I've been on a bus to Warsaw from London anyway so, I've done most of the journey already!
The good news is... I have now completed my course of vaccinations and have finished work.
The Scheduled Journey So Far...
- 14 Nov 10 - Flight from London Stansted to Tallinn, Estonia, 4 nights here along with Matt Duncan
- Overnight bus to St Petersburg, 5 days in Peter
- Overnight train to Moscow, 5 days in Moscow
- Train to Yekaterinburg, 3 days in Yekaterinburg
- Train to Irkutsk, 2 days in Irkutsk
- Hopefully spend a day at Listvyanka by Lake Baikal
- Possibly travel on the Circum-Baikal Railway, but this will be decided when I am in Irkutsk.
- Train to UlaanBaator, Mongolia, before 12 December where I will stay for a week before heading to Beijing.
More details on this journey can be found here.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese new year will be celebrated on 3 February 2011 and I would like to be there for this if I could, but where? Another decision I will have to make. I can stay in China for 2 x 30 days so if I planned it right I could do it. The reason why I was going to head into Honk Kong was to get a Vietnamese Visa, but this can be done elsewhere in China. At the moment I am happy with my initial plans as Russia is the most expensive part of the first leg and had the strictest visa control.
Ciao for now people!