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About two years ago, Pete & I were talking over a drink in Tom Brown's pub. He mentioned that he had an ambition to travel across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway one day and I said "That's funny - so have I." We agreed that, once I had retired, we'd do it. I suggested travelling on to Japan from China. For Pete, this evolved into continuing on around the world - driving across the States and back home over the Atlantic by freighter!
Many months of preparation began in late 2013 with visas, train tickets and accommodation to organise. Finally, on 12th April 2014, with more than a little trepidation, we were about to set off.
What would it be like? Would we still be sane after 5000 miles and over six and a half days on the same train from Moscow to Beijing? All of our tickets were non-transferable for specific trains - what if we missed a connection? There were tales of variable conditions and food on the train so taking your own essentials such as loo roll, sachets of porridge and tea/coffee were advisable. Pete brought both his Swiss Army knife and Leatherman to cover all eventualities including locomotive failure and cardiac surgery.