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I’ve never been to Dubai, but . . .

Hello Everyone,

So, I'm in a small village in rural India where the temperature is 39°C and think to myself that it's going to take me in excess of 40 hours to get from here to Moscow by taxi / bus / train /plane / bus / metro.

I figure, wear shorts and a T-shirt and pack the Moscow gear (furs leather gloves etc) at the top of my backpack – no problem.

14 hours later I am in Bombay (cooler @35°C) and soon to check into a flight to Heathrow. However, I still have my luggage, the airport is air-conditioned and I think to myself – It's a good time to change into long trousers (This is a wise decision as it later turns out :)

After checking in I get interrogated for 20 minutes by a representative of the UK high Commissioner in Bombay who thinks I travel too much and that I'm planning to overstay in the UK. (There is no danger of this at all). However he doesn't seem convinced, so my next visit to UK immigration could be interesting.

I catch my 10 hour flight. Spend three hours at Heathrow feeling totally shattered and disoriented and wonder why duty free cigarettes cost more – even without duty – than they do in most other places in the world.

Then I board my flight to Moscow (still, by the way, my all time favourite worldwide destination) thinking, it's going to be quite cold there. Wouldn't it be funny if they screwed up my baggage and sent my bags somewhere else and left me in Moscow in a pair a jeans and a T-Shirt.

Anyway, of course, that's exactly what they do. This is apparently due to the fact that the code for the airport I flew to in Russia is DME, and not many people from Bombay fly there. Dubai is a much more popular destination also beginning with “D”.

Those who know me well know that I don't catch taxis unless they are Indian ones or I'm really desperate. Anyway, I caught a taxi that evening, not fancying trying the Moscow bus/metro system (which I know from previous experience is really good) in sub zero temperatures in a T-shirt. It was really expensive :(

I arrived and had a wonderful shower. I was so smelly that even I thought I smelt bad – and that's never a good sign (you can't help but get very dirty in India). I'm not going to try to explain the various varieties of scum that ended up in the bathtub. Then I got changed back into the same old clothes I'd been wearing (and sleeping in) for the last three days – yay!

But otherwise I really did have a wonderful time in Russia. It was great to do some of the things I had done before and some new things. We spent four days in Moscow, two in St Petersburg and a day in a place called Vladimir, which was the original capital of Russia, and has some fantastic old buildings. Russia is truly a magical place! If you haven't been here yet – go – you'll love it!

I saw the world cup semi-final in an Irish pub in the snow in Moscow. A weird sensation. .

This week then I've been in a new city every day. St Petersburg – Vladimir – Moscow – London – Berlin – Dresden – Prague. This sounds like fun but actually you spend half your time travelling so it's pretty tiring. Plus I somehow(?) managed to get a nasty cold.

The Germans really are very weird people!

Right now, I'm on the train to Dresden and I'm really looking forward to getting back to Prague (and sleeping in one bed for a few consecutive nights).

My priority for the next few weeks will be finding a permanent flat and getting a new job (I already have three offers – so it shouldn't be too difficult).

I'm still alive, still having a good time, and no I'm not bored yet :)

 

 

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