Obligatory photo of St Basil’s #Cathedral, #Moscow. Had a brilliant day, my sister took us on a tour of the sites: #RedSquare, walk along the river, lunch at My-My, the Arbat and finally a few hours chilling in Gorky Park. Soon we leave for the train station to start the Trans Mongolian railway adventure!!! #stbasils #stbasilcathedral
Landing in Moscow yesterday. This place is super cool. We had dinner in an Uzbeki restaurant which was playing jazz versions of old classics, e.g. Nirvana, Boney M, Britney, Avril Lavigne and various others. Today we explore Moscow before starting the trans Mongolian train this evening. #adventure #travel #russia #moscow #uzbeki #transmongolian
Saturday night cannot come soon enough, the excitement is too much!!!!
russia-bound for an adventure
tomorrow my dad and I fly off to Moscow to meet my sister, and we begin our Trans-Mongolian adventure.
Moscow > Irkutsk (Russia) > Ulaan Bataar (Mongolia) > Beijing (China)
I. AM. SO. EXCITED! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek.
I’m pretty much all packed. My bedroom is a tip from unpacking from France, repacking for camp, unpacking from camp, and repacking for this trip. Clothes and rubbish everywhere. But I can sort that out when I’m back.
So 2 weeks on and off a train, with irregular washing opportunities, eating pot noodles and drinking cup-a-soups (we’re bringing 28 sachets!), buying a shitload of souvenirs from all 3 countries, trying out my practically non-existant Russian (hopefully my sister and dad will teach me some more), the possibility of diving into the largest lake in the world (Baikal), sleeping in a ger in Mongolia, seeing and walking part of the Great Wall of China (!!!) and other exciting things!
So off we go, on an adventure…
photo diary: summer camp
lulworth cove, waffle cones vs. cheap wafer cones, midmorning coffee break, map showing the craziest pirate-style place names nearby, camp, punch & judy shows, fish & chips by the sea (with curry sauce!), s’mores on the campfire, pizzas cooked on a campfire, the sea in swanage.
you can also see some of these photos, and others on my flickr
I visited two flatmates and close friends who live in London. I went to Rita’s in Southall again for Indian food with my friend who introduced me to it - the food is SO good and authentic. Then we hopped on an empty tube train (!!!) (ok, it was the beginning of the line), and went to Hyde Park to meet our other friend. We saw the cool scaffolding installation at the Serpentine Gallery and sat in the park chatting for ages before finding a pub to have a few drinks.
(1) cacti in the greenhouse in Massey Park, Tarbes
(2) one of many peacocks in Massey Park, Tarbes
Day-off trip #2: Lourdes
No doubt, the most religious place I’ve visited. Monks and nuns everywhere. Jesus sandals, prayer beads and holy water bottles among the things I saw wherever I turned. Lots of tourist shops, and tourists in general. It slightly shocked me how religious it was, I knew it was a big attraction that people make pilgrimages to, but WOW. There were tons of old people and sick people too in sort-of carts being pulled by young people in red berets - this I guess was some sort of voluntary service young people can do.
I walked around, looked in the church where there was a service going on, saw the famous grotto (which disappointed me; I thought it was a big cave but it’s literally just part of a rock face), took some photos, then found some lunch in one of many tourist-oriented cafes. I then wandered round the main town looking in shops and round streets before heading to the station to wait for my train.