Tag Archives: trans-siberian

2. The Dennis Bergkamp Spreadsheet

Dennis Bergkamp is irrelevant to this story, except that he was a footballer who didn’t like flying. He was a good enough footballer to have it written into his contract that he didn’t have to fly. He played for a … Continue reading

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3. My Funny Vinyl-Time

PARENTAL GUIDANCE: This blog contains willful self-indulgence and bad (musical) taste. STYLE GUIDANCE: Album titles are in bold, Song Titles are capitalised, lyrics are in italics. I clambered up into our attic to find something important for the Journey. I’m … 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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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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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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10. Thursday: Barabinsk to Krasnoyarsk

  (Barabinsk station; hawkers at work; hawkers at rest; swampy land) We arrive in Barabinsk in bright morning sunshine with blue skies and a fresh breeze. There’s also an impressive welcoming committee for us selling furs, lace, bread, warm food and … Continue reading

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