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Southeast Asia, the Trans Siberian and Scandenavia

a travel blog by Jason Kester


Not really travelling so much this time. Mostly, a winter at work, climbing rocks on the beach. With luck and if the motivation holds up, I'll pull out in the spring and make my way north. I've got a Russian visa for June, so maybe I'll finally make it onto that trans-siberian train.
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Irkutsk, Russia




permalink written by  Jason Kester on May 19, 2004 from Irkutsk, Russia
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The Trans-Siberian

Moscow, Russia


Made it to Moscow OK, and I'm enjoying the benefits of being back in Europe. That being, I'm typing from my laptop in a coffee shop in a mall under Red Square.

The train was fun, though not quite the grand adventure it's made out to be. Mostly it was the easiest part of my trip thus far. Just hanging out in one place for 4 days and talking to people in German (nobody speaks english in Russia, but they usually understand some German.) Every few hours, you get to step out onto the platform for 15 minutes and buy more Piroshkis or sausages. Got two books read!

permalink written by  Jason Kester on May 28, 2004 from Moscow, Russia
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St. Pete

Saint Petersburg, Russia


I'm in St Petersburg now. It's starting to grow on me, but my first impressions were not good.

The train got in at 7am, and the hostel I wanted opens at 8, so I killed an hour walking along Nevsky Prospekt and checking out an old monastery. Fine so far, but the hostel turned out to be full. Went back to the train station where there is an internet café and found and booked a different hostel.

Walking out of the station I took a wrong turn and didn't realize it until I was a mile down the wrong road. Cut across town, managing to pass roughly every tourist site in town, and finally made it to where I wanted to be. Only to find that this hostel has no sign out front. And I didn't have the address written down.

No phone number, no address, no sign. Three hours had passed by the time I made it back to the same internet café and purchased another 5 minutes online and a pencil.

Lucky for me, they actually honored my online reservation, so I'm sorted. I was close to booking a ticket to Helsinki for tonight. I figured I'd seen the whole town anyway, and clearly it didn't want me here. But life is good again. I think I'll go sleep away the afternoon.

permalink written by  Jason Kester on May 31, 2004 from Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Helsinki, Finland




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Kemijarvi, Finland




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Turku, Finland




permalink written by  Jason Kester on June 3, 2004 from Turku, Finland
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Waiting for Spring

Stockholm, Sweden


Did Helsinki for a week, then bought a ScanRail pass and headed North in search of the midnight sun. Digging Scandinavia thus far, with one notable exception:

Nobody drinks coffee in Finland. At least they don't drink it in the morning when it makes sense. If you search far and wide you can find a coffee shop, but then it won't open until 10:30am. I can't see how these people survive. Had to leave.

I'm in Stockholm now, about to catch up on much lost sleep. Did a night train from Kemijarvi to Turku, then a day wandering around in search of said cuppacino, then straight onto the night ferry for Sweden, with no cabins available. Got in to a hostel this morning, and ended up in a room with 5 loud italian guys who proceded to pack and talk for 2 hours. Yessir, sleep sounds good.

The midnight sun was cool!

permalink written by  Jason Kester on June 16, 2004 from Stockholm, Sweden
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Bergen, Norway




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Oslo, Norway




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Copenhagen, Denmark




permalink written by  Jason Kester on June 19, 2004 from Copenhagen, Denmark
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