Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Clear as Mud

Those of you who stop by more than once in a blue moon will know that in June I am off to Russia to brave the Trans-Siberian from Vladivostock....however....just defining a departure date from Vladivostock is a challenge...the train I want to use has the following departure dates...

"Departure days: Even dates; First week of each month (Jan, Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Nov) this train departs on "ODD" days."

And by the way, I have already found next years holiday.......London to Amman by train.........now that's a plan!


Anonymous Major Tom said...

I am sure this would be a great ride. It reminds me of Paul Theroux's book "Riding the Iron Rooster".

2:16 pm  
Blogger Indiana said...

The Eastern and Orient from Singapore to Bangkok...or the Indian Pacific across Australia.

3:00 pm  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

The E&O would be nice...but at the moment slightly out of my budget...I would want to stay at Raffles before I left...and at the Oriental in Bangkok....

Note to self....must find incredibly rich boyfriend to fund travel desires...!!!!

4:26 pm  
Blogger Indiana said...

It is on my plan for the next 12 months...hang the epxense ~grin~

8:13 pm  
Blogger Dave and Stefan said...

I remember going into Moonsky Star in Chungking Mansions years ago to enquire about the price of a ticket, and found it was rather expensive! But then I also found not having a guaranteed reservation on a Chinese train can make for a rather miserable experience. When I read about the diapered hordes returning home for the holidays during Chinese New Year I felt great sympathy.

London to Amman should be awesome and also fairly civilized, no? Via Turkey I assume? When I was in Turkey I took the buses more often. Couldn't wean myself off the rose water offered by the conductors...

3:33 pm  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

Stefan & Dave,
Moonsky does seem very expensive. However research into this holiday has proved it is going to one of my more expensive expeditions...with or without Moonsky or someone of their ilk...

London to Amman...oh yes, far more civilised...and yes it does pass through Turkey. Once I am back from Russia I will start to study it in more detail as I would like to go through Beirut as well...it's a shame that the train from Amman to Aqaba through Wadi Rum is so sporadic and really only for cargo. Being such a Lawrence fan the train through Rum would be a fantastic experience.

Indiana...do let me see the pictures afterwards!!!

9:47 am  
Blogger Dave and Stefan said...

Hi Madame Chiang, I agree, seeing the old Hejaz railway and actually riding on it would be quite an experience. I thought you mightlike this BBC Documentary on that very subject, available now on podcast: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/documentary_archive/4697592.stm

Anyway, FYI, I am Dave, and am the only one that has been to your website (correct me if I'm wrong Stefan!) so you can leave Stefan off future salutations.:)

Take care!


2:11 pm  

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