MY GAP YEAR 2007/8


I have them, that’s right after all the waiting and panicking I am now looking at my Russian and Mongolian Visas glued into my passport, and what beautiful pieces of paper they are. The dates are correct and the best news is that my Mongolian visa is for up to 3 months, That means I can explore the country for longer and just in case it takes longer to get my Chinese I know have a buffer. Everything seems to be coming together.

I handed over £300 for my train tickets from Latvia to Mongolia to the travel agents, I know it’s more expensive to get them this way but I really don’t fancy queuing for hours at train stations trying to buy tickets when my Russian is well, pretty non-existent. I can say one word in Russian so far, ‘Marshrutka’, which is a mini bus. Don’t ask me why I know that, I just do.

I went back to Mersea yesterday to store my last bits of gear back at Mum and Dads house. It was also the last time I will see Dad for a year as he flies out to Nigeria next Wednesday so we had a bit of a family outing down to the Coast Inn. Lovely time.


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