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Muscovites

  • Posted by james
  • 9 February 2009

Usually the first word I learn, when learning a new language is 'thankyou' Not much use here! No body uses it, or please, or anything polite. So in order to not stick out, like the polite Brit I might seem, It's rudeness all the way! 

Saying all that, Moscow is quite a place, especially negotiating the underground palace that is the metro, dordle here to try and figure out the crylic map and your swept off wherever the crowd is heading. 

Hiked (and slid) around the usual tourist traps today, and tomorrow it's off to the markets before catching a week long train to china. Will get there in the end howies, there is just so much to see on the way!

p.s Merino boxers we're a goooood idea.

Poland and Poles

  • Posted by james
  • 8 February 2009

So onward from Cologne, and my first experience of European sleeper trains. First things first, time to practice my newly learnt 'ipod' polish  on my cabin mate, a rather large polish woman. After a few strange looks, she gathered what I was trying to say, and then proceeded to laugh at everything I said from then onwards. Not the biggest confidence builder I must say. After a rather stuffy nights sleep we were pulling into Warsaw central to meet my Australian friends cousins, my hosts for the next few days in Poland. 

 

Hanging out with the 'It' girls of Warsaw, wasn't quite what I had mind for this trip, but embracing new experiences is something that I have learnt well over the years. So that's how it went down. 

My good friend from Australia sorted out this leg, his cousins met me off the train and since then I have been whisked around the city, shown the sites and walked the busy streets. The girls love the city and it showed in how much they wanted me to see. I have to admit though, I had no idea what to expect from Warsaw, in fact I knew very little of the place except it was flattened in the war, but I was pleaseantlysuprised, and one thing is for sure, they like to party! 

After getting to know some good new friends, it's back to the journey at hand... an overnight sleeper train to Moscow. Russia awaits. 

 

Onward, towards Hong Kong.

 

On The Dot

  • Posted by james
  • 4 February 2009

All smooth sailing so far, in fact just arrived in Cologne, Germany on the high speed Thayls train, exactly on time, to the minute! Why can't out trains run like that?

Now it's an evening of lounging until my overnight sleeper to Warsaw. 

Above is Brussels Midi, quite busy, just after lunch today. 

Over and out.

Mission Passport

  • Posted by james
  • 3 February 2009

After a crash course in snow driving trying to get out of Tenby, I've at least made it to london. A little later than hoped but walking through Swansea in a blizzard to get a coffee this morning was interesting. 

So tubes negotiated, passport collected (at last!) and snowballs thrown.

Tomorrow, London - Brussels - Cologne and on to Warsaw to meet a friend of a friend's cousin who I've never met who is looking after me...errrmm this could be interesting.

more soon.

Packing Light

  • Posted by james
  • 2 February 2009

Packing my bags is one thing I have done many times... For a single destination it's easy. Open bag, throw in clothes, throw in cameras and a little more, zip bag closed... leave... done. So when howies asked me to travel out to Hong Kong to visit their denim factory, by train. The whole packing thing just got a little bit more complicated...

8000 miles, 17 days, 8 trains, 2 continents, 9 time zones, 9 cities, rain, snow, -20c, +20c, cities, desert, mountains, hotels, bunks and one great wall. It's going to be quite an adventure!

It all begins tomorrow, first leg; Wales to London, where somewhere buried under 6 inches of snow is my passport (slightly important) with 5 shiny new visas. After that it's Paris-Brussles-Cologne and Warsaw, where I make my first stop. 

Will I make it? will I even make it to London to collect my passport? 

I'll keep you posted.

Rouleur photography exhibition 2008

  • Posted by tim
  • 26 November 2008

Rouleur have been making great magazines about cycling for a good few years now. Last year they had a great photo exhibition in london that i attended and got a few back issues i was missing, as well as checking out all their iconic cycling photography which was jaw droppingly beautiful. This year they are holding another photography exhibition:

Their words

This years’ Rouleur Photography Show will open on the 28th of November. The show will feature the works of eight of Rouleur's photographers, and many different events on the year's cycling calendar will be represented in the images on show. The photographers whose work will be shown are; Ben Ingham, Camille J McMillan, Geoff Waugh, Gerard Brown, Olaf Unverzart, Rein van de Wouw, Taz Darling and Timm Kölln. There will also be some original illustrations from Jo Burt.The prints will be on sale at the show, including some of Jo Burt's drawings as limited edition prints. Rouleur annuals and back copies of the magazine, as well as Rouleur branded t-shirts, badges and musettes, will all be available for purchase.

The venue is next door to Condor Cycles on 51 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8PP. It will be open from 12pm to 6pm on weekdays (late night Wednesday until 7.30pm) and 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays; it will be closed on Sundays. The show finishes on the 23rd of December.  

Be sure to check it out, the website is here.

 

Here's a link to some of their features that are available to read online or download as PDFs

The Big Picture

  • Posted by howies
  • 24 November 2008

 

I was tipped off about this site on friday, some awesome photojournalism. It's great to get the news in such a rich visual form.

its a small world

we just had a very interesting visitor to the shop, his names johnathan and hes been in a few times before, he always pops in to say hello between his visits to and from exotic countries and he quite often brings us a little memento of his travels (usually because we ask him too).

anyway, jeff and i were looking through one of the 'wildlife photographer of the year' books that we have upstairs on our bookshelf and it turns out johnathan once came second place with one of his very own photos and so he gave us a link to his flickr site, pretty impressive...

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