Monthly Archives: July 2015

17. Japan at last. Four last trains. Or seven?

My daughter lives in Yamagata province in northern Japan. Our boat is arriving at the small town of Sakaiminato in Tottori. There are still 1300 kilometres to cross with a total train journey of around 12 hours until we get … Continue reading

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16. On a slow boat through the Sea of Japan

The first thing you should know is that me and boats don’t really go together. From an early age my kids learnt that on even the shortest Channel crossing the best thing to do was to leave me in a … Continue reading

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15. Yul, tide greetings from Vladivostok

This visit gets off to a bad start. It’s my own fault. Having basked for an hour or so after dinner in the afterglow of my success at finding a hotel that looks like a hotel, I walk into our … Continue reading

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14. Monday: Habarovsk to Vladivostok

The Lonely Planet says that as well as being an OK place to visit, Habarovsk also has the distinction of being the coldest city of over half a million people anywhere on earth. For me, it will always have the … Continue reading

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13. Sunday: Mogocha to Belogorsk

I wake up and can’t get back to sleep before the train makes its first night-time stop today at Mogocha. The time chaos is growing in my head. Using train time, it is half past ten in the evening. Stepping … Continue reading

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12. Saturday: Chita to Chernyshevsk Zabaikal’sk

Probably the most scenic day on the train. Travelling now in a half empty carriage. Many of the originals are still travelling East with us. The couple with the small boy in compartment 8 are still there, and still not … Continue reading

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11. Friday: Nizhneudinsk to Irkutsk

Time wars, food wars, agricultural enquiries and quick camaraderie. Probably the best day on the train.     (From top left, clockwise: Taishet-the wrong station; yellow flowers; colour-coordination; more flowers snapped at speed. Centre: The flowers) I woke up for the … Continue reading

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