Wicked Winterfrost

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.

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Travel Update

Posted in Trans-Siberian by talikas on May 14, 2009

2 weeks and 1 day before our trip. We are still struggling with our visas, 1 down, 2 more to go. Slowly putting together our travelling gear and it appears that I have more or less everything except medicine, nice travelling trousers, a tent, a sleeping bag, a knife, a headlamp, sugar for the horses, Vana Tallinn for border guards … So, to tell the truth, I only have a bag, a pair of woolen socks, a compass, a weird stick for making fire, and the Trans-Siberian Lonely Planet travel guide. No vaccinations done yet, and now it’s already too late anyway. 

What else do I need?

Here They Go, Here They Go Again

Posted in Estonia, Trans-Siberian by talikas on May 6, 2009

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“Travel while you can”, said my very wise grandmother quietly (so that grandfather wouldn’t hear) and poured me some more tea. “Ahh, you are late for marriage already… and what about work…?”, moaned my serious grandfather on the sofa, at the same time trying very hard to forget that he just told me a story where he almost moved to Bangladesh for two years. I tried to hide my smile and replied “Oh, no need to worry, it is only for a month…”

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In the end of May beautiful Juliette and I are packing our bags and beginning an exciting adventure on the route Tallinn-Beijing, and, yes, of course, by train. Moscow, Trans-Siberian railway, Russian-train-“romance”, Irkutsk, lake Baikal, Mongolian deserts, Chinese dumplings, here we come!

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