Hey folks, just joined the board and thought I should at least try and be polite and drop by to say Hi. Hi.
I'm Rich, a youngish and kind of warped Welshguy now living in Sweden, and something of a curiosity to the locals in that i moved from big city UK (London/Oxford) to live in small town Sweden and my reasoning doesn't start with the standrad opening "well, i met this woman...."
I'm a complete travelnut and have been travelling regularly - i'm rarely in any one country longer than 2 or 3 weeks - since i was about 14 for various reasons. I cover an average of somewhere between 150k and 200k km a year, mostly across Europe, but also including the old soviet block, and parts of the Middle East etc.
However, i don't fly (No way. Not me. Ever), so spend vast chunks of time sitting/drinking/sleeping/working on trains and stations and to a much smaller extent, ferries. As such, i suppose i'm (yes, i know this does sound very sad and boring) fairly experienced on European railways and the wonders of interrail tickets, having had somewhere over 70 of them to date. If anybody ever has any questions about that, just ask.
And now i'm going to stop boring you all.
Happy travels everybody. Rich
.... oops, just realised i forgot half of the reason i posted the hello/intro thingy - future plans.
We're planning a LandRover based overland trip from Scandinavia via the Middle East to Cape Agulhas (near Cape Town) taking, well, essentially however long it takes, but at a rough guess 12-15 months. After that, who knows, but probably try and continue round the world without flying.
Unfortunately delayed from a March 04 departure, possibly for as long as a year, but will get there eventually.
Welcome to the site! Great to have a rail expert on board. While you're here, have you done much rail travel in Eastern Europe? I'm planning a trip there later this year and could use some tips apart from what the guidebook suggests. I read in the book that travelling by train into Poland can be quite unsafe (even mentioned passengers getting gassed, before being robbed!). Is there any truth in this or is it just the usual guidebook over-caution?
Yeh - have to say I've heard similar - that on sleeper trains people have been gassed whilst sleeping and stuff taken. I have heard alot me However if this proves to be true - a precaution to take is to leave your window slightly open and put a coat (or similar) at the bottom of the door of the room you are sleeping. This means that any gas rarely gets in and what gas does get in - hopefully goes out the window which is left slightly open. I read alot of girlie mags and guidebooks - both of which are full of information. - however I can't remember what country it was that this incident occurred to the particular person - just remember the story.
Thanks for the welcome. I tried to reply properly, but it failed twice. It said it had sent a mail to the administrator, but not why it had failed. Any ideas? It was quite a long reply - might that be the problem?
When i sort out why it didn't work, i'll repost my answer for you.
I checked the error, as it did send me an email about it, and the problem was some 'invalid data'. To be honest, I can't tell what it is, because the message seemed to be truncated at the point of whatever character was invalid. I doubt it was too long, as there is a pretty relaxed limit and it should give you a more graceful error if that was the case. It will be added to a list of errors that need to be dealt with at some stage though
I read the first few lines of your reply (before it truncated), as these were forwarded in the error message and generally I see you suggest it wouldn't be too much of a problem. I think we will plan on catching the train out of Poland to whatever our next stop is, but catching the plane in from St.Petersburg, because we can tack that onto our RTW ticket without much problem. We were thinking Warsaw in Poland, do you reckon this would be enough or should we consider some other cities/towns as well?
Hello to you too! I'm Steph(anie)! Nice to meet a random newbie! I was one once, too (kind of still am, even though it says that I'm not). Wow, your travel plans sound really interesting. . .. So, there is this archepelego in the arctic ocean on the CIS side that, I've heard, freezes over for part of the winter and people could walk over it to Alaska, USA! So then you could go from there to Canada! It sounds like you have plans for at least half of it (if the Cape Town you are going to is in S Africa), so if you end up that way . .. who knows? I wonder if anyone has ever done a complete landrover trip around the world? Well, in any case, good luck! It sounds like a fun trip!
Gelliman! Update the blog!
(and be safe!)