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  • Posted by howies
  • 23 February 2010

So tonight we have a Wee Do talk with Tom and Lara who wrote the blog World in Slow Motion, at the Carnaby store.  We still have a few free tickets left, so get in touch if you'd like to come along...should be a really great evening.

On a similar note...

A guy I know (Rowan) and his friend Billy are going to be travelling to Cairo using only overground travel.  The purpose of the trip- Rowan (a.k.a. Dizraeli) is an award winning rapper, who has been given an opportunity to perform Rebel Cell in Egypt.  He is an environmental activist and has vowed to never fly again....hence the trip...oh and his friend Billy is a documentary film maker who is going to accompany him.  They have built a website from which they will broadcast their journey as a daily blog, weekly video diary and finally documentary film.


So I was asked to help them promote it- if you can help to finance their trip in any way (they are having a fundraiser in Dalston, London on Wednesday night), follow their travels and most importantly take inspiration from how they are choosing to explore other coutries.  They really want to illustrate how easy train travel is in the hopes to make a positive impact.

So check out their website http://www.unplaned.com/

In the can

  • Posted by james
  • 24 February 2009

I've just returned to Hong Kong, after the spending the day shooting in the howies denim factory in china, the main goal and aim after all this traveling. It was definitely a highlight that's for sure.

It's an amazing place they have going out here...not what you think when you see 'Made in China' and I hope the pictures do the place and people justice.

So now, I guess...thats it...job done.

The Numbers...

Days on the road: 21
Distance traveled: 7940 miles (roughly)
Trains caught: 8
Trains missed: 1 (thanks to the welsh snow)
Time spent on trains: 9 days 2 hours
Photos taken: 1371 x digital, 396 x 35mm, 29 x medium format, 19 x polaroid, 1 x camera phone
Countries visited: 9
Visa's issued: 5
Visa's rushed through last minute: 5
Amount of money spent on visa's: too much
Books read: 3
Instant noodles eaten: 16
Man flu caught: 1
Man flu downgraded to mere cold: 1
Flights taken: nil
Best job's ever: 1

OK, You may think why didn't I fly, or as someone quite rightly commented on an earler blog, 'isn't all this travel bad for the environment'... well yes it is. But personally I'm not going to stop, I can't. I do it for work and I do it for pleasure...it's just me. So this was an experiment into another way for me to travel, a way that treads a little lighter. Slow Travel.

Tomorrow I'm leaving Hong Kong, but i'm not coming home...I may be some time yet.


  • Posted by james
  • 19 February 2009

17 days, 11 countries, 8 trains and nearly 8000 miles later... I've made it to my final destination, the great city of Hong Kong. 

Phew. That was some journey to work howies.

I'm pooped!

Nine Million Bicycles

  • Posted by james
  • 17 February 2009

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.

No More Instant Noodles

  • Posted by james
  • 16 February 2009

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...

The Rails from Wales

  • Posted by james
  • 10 February 2009

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!)


  • 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.

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