The Mother of All Journeys...
|Rotterdam, april 10th, 2012
Combining all the puzzle pieces this itineray started to form:
The departure date is set for April 15th from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam: arrival back in the Netherlands on 24th May. That was as late as we could stretch it, since we have to go back to work two days later (leaving us with some recovery time).
I'll update a daily travelogue with photos and upload them on this page, though obviously there will be a bit of a hiatus in North Korea and the Trans-Siberian Express due to a lack of FTP-possibilities (and a general lack of possibilities of communication with the outside world, in the first case...!).
Who are we, and why are we doing this?
|Heading for Kiev||Kovel, Ukraine||Travel? Got to earn money first!||Locomotive VL80(t)-1960, Kiev Pass.|
We've travelled together in the past (Kiev 2007 for example) and we know we won't kill each other, which is very important for a trip this long and complex. The most important thing is to be easy-going and flexible, and to be able to deal with each other's "difficult moments."
It's going to be a job and a half doing everything we've planned, but we've already taken all the steps necessary for the trip itself to run smoothly. All the necessary
visas are in our passports, and we've been authorised and cleared to enter the DPRK and leave over land. Plane tickets have been bought, hotels have been booked. The train tickets for the Trans-Siberian Express Beijing-Irkutsk and Irkutsk-Moscow have been reserved and are supposed to be delivered to my house right before we leave... hopefully.
|april 15 - april 25||Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur-Hobart/Sydney-Beijing (Onno)
Amsterdam-Hong Kong-Shanghai-Beijing (Peter)
|april 25 - april 28||Beijing (part 1)|
|april 29 - may 3||Visit to Democratic People Republic of Korea|
|april 29 - may 3||Una visita a la República Democrática de Corea del Norte|
|may 4 - may 5||train Dandong-Beijing|
|may 6 - may 8||Beijing (part 2)|
|may 9 - may 11||Trans Mongolia Express Beijing-Ulan Baatar (Mongolia)-Irkutsk (Russia)|
|may 11 - may 14||Lake Baikal (Listvyanka, Irkutsk)|
|may 15 - may 18||Trans Siberia Express "Rossija" Irkutsk-Moscow|
|may 19 - may 22||Moscow|
|may 23 - may 25||Moscow-Tallinn-Amsterdam (Onno)
Rotterdam, june 8 - 2012
It is over, the trip has been fabulous and we are back at work now for two weeks already... Still need a few more weeks to finalize all translations and movies. The clips will be available via Youtube shortly.
Thanks for reading us! Should you have questions or need for information: you are welcome to mail us.
Onno and Peter.