Wicked Winterfrost

Moscow!

Posted in Russia, Trans-Siberian by talikas on May 30, 2009

moskva_turistid

Moskva on puhas klassika, t6eline nostalgia. Viimase piirini yles l88dud tikkontsade ja k6lisevate ehetega naised oma myhakate suitsetavate ja 6llepurkidega meestega jalutavad laisalt ja enesekindlalt p2ikeselistel promenaadidel. Kurjakuulutavate n2gudega rongisaatjad ennem neelavad oma m2rkmiku alla, kui reisijatele naeratavad ja rongijaamades j6lguvad lugematutest rassidest kahtlased tyybid.

P6rutasime rongijaamast kohe Punasele V2ljakule ja peale kohustuslikku turismipilti vedelesime kogu p2eva kirevaid venelasi, tiigreid, l6visid ja taevast vahtides Kultuuripargis. Nyyd superv2sinud ja seame aegsasti sammud Moskva-Irkutsk rongile, kus kavatseme 4 p2eva jooksul manustada v2hemalt poole mu vanemate poolt kaasa surutud toidumoonast (hehehe…. te oleksite pidanud n2gema, kuidas me oma saja kotiga Mokva rongile tuigerdasime). Suitsuvorstikang, n2ib, et peab Pekingini vastu.

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Moscow is full of sun, tourists, pretty women and their dangerous-looking boyfriends. We spent the whole day sunbathing and chilling out in a big park and now we are on our way to catch the train to Irkutsk. During the 4 days on the train we are doing our best to eat at least half of the food my parents gave us to take along, but it seems that the smoked-ham-thing will last till Beijing… ;)

Goodbye, Hello

Posted in Estonia, Trans-Siberian by talikas on May 28, 2009

head aega

Head-aega-pidu, meeskondlik euro-hääletamine (ühehäälne), palju nalja, punane Lada, ja mõistagi… Roberto Cavalli Serpentine.

Tere, rong :)

The Beauty of Living With 2 Boys and Not Being At Home Too Often aka Always Put Meat in Your Soup or It Will Never Get (Voluntarily) Eaten

Posted in Estonia by talikas on May 27, 2009

hallitus

Packing My Bag, Ready To Go (Not)

Posted in Estonia, Trans-Siberian by talikas on May 26, 2009

packing my things

Hurray! Travel preparations have been rather successful. I have all my visas (Russia, Mongolian, Chinese) and Juliette started her journey Brussels-Riga-Tallinn today! I’m slowly getting my stuff together (thanks, Meelis, for the trousers) and trying to turbo-read some books about Mongolia. On the photo you can see the draft version of my backpack… Still missing a few things.

I’m advised to take along salt and pepper, as it is scarce in the rural areas of Mongolia, and a head-lamp for moving around  nighttime because in cities (in the very few cities Mongolia has) the streetlights are more of an exception than a rule. Picking out clothes for the trip is also tricky, because temperature in Mongolia can be +24 C at daytime and +4 C at night. Plus, it was snowing today in Irkutsk (despite the +30 C on the day before), so I guess I need to be prepared for every kind of weather.

And, yes, I have travel fever : )

A Beautiful Moment

Posted in Estonia by talikas on May 25, 2009

p2ikesetuba

Behave, Someone Cares

Posted in Estonia by talikas on May 23, 2009

liinu sein

Viimane pilt Katzi sünnipäeva-telkimisest Valgamaa (?) metsades Liinu järve ääres. Ja edaspidiseks tarkusetera:  kui magamiskoti peale on kirjutatud Comfort +20 C, siis sellega ei tasu maikuus telkima ronida : )

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(For Michael:) Last pic from Katz’s birthday-camping in Valgamaa forests near the Liinu lake. A piece of advice for the future: when it’s written on the sleeping bag that the Comfort zone is around +20 C, then you shouldn’t go camping in May : )

You Are What You Eat aka 2 x Camping Food

Posted in Estonia by talikas on May 22, 2009

campfood

delicious

Fear of Red Tape

Posted in Estonia, Trans-Siberian by talikas on May 20, 2009

Täna käisin suure kiiru ja rapsimisega lõunapausi ajal Hiina viisat sisse andmas (viimasel hetkel nagu ikka). Hiina saatkonnapoiss, korraliku lipsu ja emotsioonitu kivinäoga ametnik, tuulas mu pabereid läbi ja jäi siis tõsiselt mu marsruuti vaatama. “Where you go?”, päris ta tummisel keelil, vaevumärgatav hämmeldus silmis. “To Beijing”, podisesin bürokraatiapelglikult vastu. “You go how?”, uuris ta ilmetul pilgul edasi. Seletasin talle meie reisiplaani. Et ikka siit sinna ja siis veel sinna. Saatkonnatöötaja tõstis aeglaselt pilgu mu paberitelt ja küsis karmil ilmel: “By train?” Noogutasin arglikult . “7 days in train, you know?”, puuris ta mind edasi oma tumedate silmadega. Tundsin, kuidas ametnike käes on võim ja mina nii väga ikka tahaks Hiinasse jõuda ning kõhus hakkas vaikselt keerama. Noormees aga vaikis. Vaikis veel. Ja hakkas siis kõva häälega naerma.

Pure Nature

Posted in Estonia by talikas on May 19, 2009

puhas loodus

Hüljeste asemel otsisime seekord rebaseid. Ei leidnud.

Come On Baby Light My Fire aka How I Will Hopefully Survive Estonian Forests (and Mongolian Steppes)

Posted in Estonia by talikas on May 18, 2009

tulepulk

preparation

sparks

fire!

Nii et siis mitte tulehark vaid tulepulk.