Rubber Bullets

Shinkansen line up of 7 different trains on JR East alone! Source: Wikipedia I have been working this week on planning my rail journey through Japan. The Japanese do train travel so well that its actually a bit daunting looking at the number of trains and the route map. First I should apologise for the blog title, as unless you were a 10 CC fan in the 1970’s, you might think I was going to tell you about being involved in a street riot. In fact it was just a slightly tenuous link to the most famous of Japanese trains, […]

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Being Michael Palin

The “Easter Dream”, courtesy of Marine Traffic In 1989 “Around the World in 80 Days” was a major success for the BBC and a new turn for Michael Palin’s slightly flagging career. This show was at least partly to blame for creating my latent desire to attempt off beat journeys, something that I had little time for until a couple of years ago. After all, not many people would be able to get away with telling the boss, their clients, and significant others that they were off for a journey where phone coverage was scare and without a return date! […]

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Turning Japanese

The Yonago “manga train” courtesy of lowco2motives Apologies for not posting recently. I have been swithering a lot about my next trip, and today I have made the final decision. I need to update the “departure board” to read “Tokyo via Vladivostok”! If you have not read my recent blog posts, this winter I had hoped to travel through Central Asia, taking advantage of the route out of Russia and through Kasakhstan. I encountered several problems planning and researching this journey. Firstly that travel to the other Stans was looking like hard work by train – not impossible, but for […]

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