Well I've made it to China and Beijing. Today was my 'day in the city' as I leave Beijing tomorrow on yet another 24 hour train ride down to Honkers (the final destination) and even though I walked till I dropped, I barely even scratched the surface of what this city has to offer. So after mulling my options over a coffee this morning, I decided to bail on the tourist route and just wander...up and down the back streets, through the old hutongs, ate 'who knows what' from the street vendors, chatted chinglish to cheery old blokes, took plenty of pictures and got properly lost.
A good day. Time for a beer to wash down the dog meat.
Cheerio, more from Hong Kong.
p.s beijing is swarming with amazing skate spots, next time I'm bringing my board.
6000Ks, 5 time zones, countless stops, -40C temps, 2 border crossings and we pulled into Beijing Central train station just 2 minutes late. Unbelievable.
That was, indeed, an epic train journey.
I'll send more as soon as I have eaten real food!
The picture is shot through a dirty window somewhere in Mongolia...
I have a few hours to burn till my Trans-Siberian train leaves Moscow, so...
...The trip in numbers...so far...hoooraaay
Days traveling: 7
Distance traveled: 1918 miles (roughly)
Trains caught: 6
Trains missed: 0
Hours spent on trains: 42
Nights spent on trains: 2
Flights caught: 0
Cameras broken: 1
Cameras fixed: 1
Rolls of film taken so far: 5
Digital Photos taken: Lots
Russian Vocabulary: 12 words (& a few useful phrases)
Mandarin Vocabulary: 0 words, 0 Phrases!
Countries left to visit: 3
Distance left to travel: 5580 miles (roughly)
Days left on the rails: 7
Days left to Hong Kong: 8
Beef Strogonoffs eaten: 2
Days till next blog: 6-7ish?!...speak soon howies.
(Im not sure what the first pic says, something to do with the Metro, just thought it looks very 'Soviet'. Second pic is one of the Moscow metro platforms, Be nice if London underground was as pretty as that!)