Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Tuesday 11th to Saturday 22nd July We boarded the train at Irkutsk ready to head for the border, and on to Ulaanbaatar. Within a few minutes we’d discovered that some of our companions from previous legs of the Trans-Mongolian trip were sharing our train. With the ice already broken, and conversation flowing, this finally felt a little bit like the train ride that Hollywood had taught us to expect. Farewell to Lake Baikal (view from the train) The border crossing was … [Read more...] about Week Seventeen Roundup: Ulan Bator Ulaanbaatar Улаанбаатар
Phil and I left the UK on the 19th March 2017. Travelling from Suffolk to the Netherlands on an overnight ferry, as the first leg of our Road To Happiness Expedition. I am writing this sat on a high speed train from St Petersburg to Moscow. Which completes after one hundred days travelling across Europe on boat, train and coach. We still have a long way to go, travelling through Russia, Mongolia, China before looping round South East Asia and up through India into Bhutan.As you can imagine … [Read more...] about 5 Things I’ve learnt after 100 days non stop travel
Moscow to Yekaterinburg - Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd July I have a general rule with travel: The longer/more expensive the journey, the earlier you get to the departure point. So even though Moscow Kazansky Station was only half an hour from our apartment, we were there a full two hours before our train was due to depart for Siberia. However, it turns out it was time we could spend well, stocking up on some train snacks and getting a terrible coffee. On Friday, Hannah had made the terrible … [Read more...] about Week Sixteen Roundup: Trans-Siberia
Saint Petersburg, Russia – Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th June Saint Petersburg is a city of many facets; and one very obviously changing and developing. It typifies a Russia trying to maintain a connection to its past, while also very clearly forging into the future. We were met at the train station by our Airbnb host, Yuri, who gave us a ride to the apartment in his new BMW 5 Series. His apartment, one of several, was in a new high-rise gated development. On the surface, it was one of the … [Read more...] about Week Fifteen Roundup: From Russia With Love
Ok, I KNOW I KNOW. Before I begin, I know the word TRIBE is overused in the adventure community. Unfortunately the overuse of some words on the internet,just well, happen. I blame Seth Godin. Firstly I don't think you should subscribe too much to the negativity some people surround with the word. Actually what many 'tribes' want to do is make people connect. Connect with others of similar values, live their best life and feel a sense of belonging. And I admit thats something that … [Read more...] about Did I tell you I am in a Tribe? And I am genuinely PROUD of it. Honest!
Turku, Finland – Friday 16th June to Monday 19th June We had been toying with the idea of making a trip up to the Arctic to experience the midnight sun. However, we’d been lucky enough to experience truly white nights on the farm, and the distance and price to get that far north proved too much. So instead we went the other way, and ventured south to the coastal town of Turku. We took the Omnibus all the way down from Tampere, discovering that not all coaches are created equal. This was … [Read more...] about Week Fourteen Roundup: Leaving the EU, via Turku