Russia to Malaysia, overland
Ten years ago, I had this crazy idea that perhaps I could fly to Moscow, hop on a train and ride it right through to Beijing and from there, fly home to Malaysia. I was supposed to go with a friend but that plan never happened and to avoid killing myself in frustration, I went to New Zealand on my own.
This year, the opportunity to take that journey presented itself once again. In January I realised that it had been ages since I last took a serious train ride. Sure, I took the North Borneo Railway just last year, but I wanted something more than that. And so I started thinking about the Trans-Mongolian Railway once again.
I called up a few friends who I thought would be interested. That was in February, and after a series of meetings, emails, Facebook and Whatsapp messages, by the time it was June, it looked as though I really would have company on this trip.
But no, that didn’t happen either. People started pulling out for various reasons, mostly unavoidable and once again, I had this 10-year-old idea hanging in the air. And I began to get frustrated all over again.
This year, things are going to be different, though. I’m going ahead with it anyway, friend or no friend.
Then I took out a map of the world a week ago and had another idea. Why not start in St Petersburg?
And do I really need to stop in Beijing? Why not take another train, and another, and another, until I reach Kuala Lumpur?
So that’s the plan for 2012.
p/s: Remind me to change the title to ‘St Petersburg to Kuala Lumpur by rail’, or something profound like that.
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