So I am currently on a bus from Malmo, Sweden (right across from Copenhagen — you can see it from there) to Oslo, Norway. I am in the process of making a mad dash up to the northernmost city in the world, Hammerfest, Norway. That will make the southernmost and the northernmost on this same trip.
I had to wait around for a damn long time in Germany, waiting on my visa company back in the U.S. to get my Russian and Chinese visas for me for the next stage in the journey.
The next four weeks are going to be travel crazy. From here, I need to get to Hammerfest (hopefully the buses are still running — the internet says they run through September, which means I am cutting it close), then back down somehow to Helsinki. Down to St. Petersburg, to celebrate finally finishing Crime and Punishment.
Then down to Moscow, where I will catch the Trans-Mongolian to Bejing, with a stop in Ulan Bator, on a good friend’s recommendation. Then to Shanghi and, if I have time, quickly to Tokyo and back. Then from there down to Hanoi.
All in about a month. My target date for Hanoi is October 24th.
Not sure that is possible, but I do love being on the road. This stretch will be the true test of that, for sure. If I was any good with google maps or the various internet tools, I’d be able to pull up the rough mileage I am going for in this month. I know its going to be a high number — perhaps I shouldn’t try to find out.
And today brings another first for me. Internet on the bus. When I hopped on the bus, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were power plugs, so that I could write some and watch some video on the nine hour ride. Turned my computer on at the bus station and habitually hit the icon to see about internet, thinking there may be free internet at the station while I waited to leave. Voila.
Internet on the bus. While moving. How cool is that??