YEKATERINBURG After 36 hours on the train we have arrived in Yekaterinburg which has been greeting us with summery 10°C… apparently normal at the end of the summer and as I have been informed we should feel lucky. A few years back there has been snowing in August. Lucky or not, we have been determined to find our next home for the coming few nights as soon as possible. Dmitry, our host, was expecting us at 12. From the train station uphill towards the city centre we have fir
Our first journey to Yekaterinburg on this famous railway started in Moscow’s Yaroslavov Train Terminal 35 minutes after midnight on 24.August. The tickets (which by the way we’ve ordered online through Real Russia, just in case you wondered how to get one) stated carriage 4, seat 17 and 18 on train number 100, heading to Vladivostok. I’ve probably never seen a longer passenger train in my life. It felt like ages while we have walked past carriages 16… ..15…14.. ..13…… …. …
MOSCOW Hello from Moscow! I must admit I am very pleased and surprised. Everything has a grand scale around here. Massive buildings, large stations, spacious trains… You just get space in this metropolis and that’s unique. At least for me. While on the 3 hour 40 minute flight, I’ve been reading and educating myself about Moscow. Probably there is not much I’ve remembered, but let me try to recapitulate what I know. Moscow counts about 13.3 million souls within city limits an
After the first few entries of this travel blog, we are actually and finally out of the door. Tonight my brother and his lovely girlfriend are the lucky winners who can have us, as we will bunk on their floor. We need to get ready for the road after all and their apartment is located in much more convenient proximity to Gatwick Airport from where our flight will be leaving on Thursday morning 7am. Moscow, ready or not, here we come...
Today is the day when we've boxed up the last 10 years of our life and all we are left with is a small rucksack each. That's our belongings for the year to come. It is scary and also a good reminder how little we really need. The amount of stuff essential for life is wildly disproportionate to all that stuff we herd around us in belief of giving us better life. Anyway, I'm sure we'll miss our clutter... Boxes have been filled, Noah was a real friend and offered to move our st
It's all very emotional. Can't decide whether is a happy moment or sad. Happy sad I suppose. Leaving all the colleagues and friends behind in the corporate machinery where they will grind like well oiled gears and my absence will not make any difference... Scrap the sad. I’m happy! Happy not because it's my last day, but because it’s OUR FIRST DAY! Course set, full steam ahead... Is this the point of no return? Or have we passed that a while back? (...a bit flowery entry, but
THE LONG LISTS, WHAT, HOW AND HOW MUCH - Part 2: Last weekend was somewhat fun. To be honest I am still recovering from all that good time with colleagues and friends. Friday I have invited my workmates and some close friends living nearby. I've cooked some Hungarian goulash, we drunk some wine and some Romanian spirit from Alex. We have been playing Jenga and sitting in the garden until about 3am. Things went blurry, but when I woke up in the morning I felt good about it. 3
THE LONG LISTS, WHAT, HOW AND HOW MUCH - Part 1: D day is creeping up on us and there is still a lot to do. Mariola picked up her US Visa yesterday, I'm picking up my Chinese Visa tomorrow, last vaccinations, self storage organised with a very kind friend who's got a large loft, good-byes to be said.. Apart from all the obvious, packing list seems to be the most tricky to wrap my head around. But I'll start from the beginning and try to give you some useful hints. Planning: T