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Moving Home: The Biggest Adventure Yet

This one time, in Hong Kong….

It’s the sentence I dread slipping out. I don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed about my time spent living in Hong Kong but having moved back after three years away, I’m conscious of sounding like one of those friends who lived abroad and ‘found themselves’. But as I approach the three month mark of being back home, Hong Kong is slipping away and I’m not entirely convinced that I’ve taken time to think about what that means.

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Trans Siberian Railway: Moscow, Russia

To say that this blog post is belated would be an understatement. Travel blogger fail. It’s been a whirlwind returning to the UK but that’s something I’ll write about another day (hopefully within the next 6 months). For now I’m going to focus on my final stop in Russia…. Moscow.

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Some thoughts on solo travelling

My most recent journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway, was done completely as a solo traveller. I have zero regrets about doing this trip on my own. It’s something that I needed to do and I’ve built up a lot of courage doing it. Now, bear with me a minute this might get a little corny….

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Travelling the Trans Siberian Railway in 200 seconds

I’m back in the UK and while I still have a couple of blogs to write about my journey I couldn’t wait to upload this video that I have been compiling throughout my trip.

8875 miles, 10 trains and 3 weeks in 200 seconds.

Enjoy!

Trans-Siberian: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

27th – 28th April 2016

Location: Nizhny Novgorod

Towards the end of my journey I’ve hit a bit of writer’s block. The train journey between Krasnoyarsk and Nizhny Novgorod really took it out of me. It wasn’t the longest stint but finally getting out of the East and making my way through time zones started to play a little havoc on me. Both nights I gained two hours so I was waking up at 5 or 6 am feeling rested and that made for very long days.

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Trans-Siberian: Krasnoyarsk, Russia

25th – 26th April 2016

Location: Krasnoyarsk

The train between Irkutsk was a reasonably short and uneventful one. This was my first time on a journey that felt like a much more local route and you can tell the difference. I felt a little intimidated alone in a cabin with three butch Russian men. I tried to chat a little with the one guy who was willing but the other two seemed to roll ‘bloody tourist’ eyes at my every movement. I’m certain I was being too sensitive so I channelled my inner Baikal fisherwoman, grabbed my book and let myself get sucked into the world of Thomas Harris instead.

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Trans-Siberian: Irkutsk, Russia

22nd – 24th April 2016

Location: Irkutsk

If I thought my time in Ulan-Ude was quiet, it was simple a practice round for my experience in Irkutsk.  After a short night on the train, I arrived in the city in the early hours of the morning and waited in the minus degree cold until I could get into my hostel. After unloading my bags and treating myself to a hot shower and quick nap, I set off to explore the city.

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Trans-Siberian: Ulan-Ude, Russia

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Location: Ulan-Ude

After driving through empty fields and tiny, ramshackled villages, I was finding it hard to imagine arriving into a city that supposedly had a population of over 400,000. But then, all of a sudden, it emerged on the horizon. Ulan-Ude hardly stands out from a crowd but compared to the last day and a half of woodlands, farmlands and empty space, it looked like a capital city.

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Trans-Siberian: Beijing to Ulan-Ude

Sunday 17th April 2016

Location: China (somewhere!)

Today is my first day of waking up and falling asleep on the same train in the same country. I wasn’t expecting quite so much of the journey to be through China but then it’s easy to forget how bloody big the country is. I’ve officially been travelling in China for 48 hours (minus the layover) and I’m still not due to cross the border into Russia for another five. I’m a little apprehensive about the 2am border crossing but I’m certain that all will be well. All of our passport details are with the friendly guard so time will tell whether we’ll have an early morning wake-up call.

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