MY GAP YEAR 2007/8


Today I get my passport back from the travel agents, hopefully with my Russian and Mongolian VISA’s in it. However i’m panicking that I haven’t given the agency the correct dates, I’m not sure why i have this feeling all of a sudden, i’m sure it’s just last minute jitters, but if I have given the wrong dates then, well, it’s going to be a very busy and expensive week trying to sort this pickle out. I hope for the life of me it’s correct.

One positive note about today: I get to to buy Trans-Siberian Railway train ticket from Latvia to Mongolia via Russia when my visas are returned to me.

Let me give you a few quick facts about this engineering marvel.

  • It’s the longest railway network in the world – 9,289 km (5,772 mi)
  • It spanning 10 time zones.
  • It was built from 1891 to 1916

The route starts at Moscow and finishes on the Pacific coast at the Russian city of Vladivostok. There are two other main routes that can be taken off the Trans-Siberian line. The Trans-Marrakech which goes through Kazakhstan, and the Trans-Mongolia which routes through Mongolia and on to Beijing, China.  This is the route I am hoping to take.

My train journey breaks down like this:


St Petersburg


All together it will take me about one month to get to Mongolia as I’m hoping on and off a fair amount in Russia. Russia is pretty tight when it comes to getting a visa longer than 30 days so it will be a bit of a whirlwind tour of the country.

Right, I better get going to the VISA office. Wish me luck friends.



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