Monday, March 06, 2006

How Did They Do it in the Dial-up Days?

It took about 40 emails, but from California, I managed to book a trans-Siberian railroad itinerary through a group in China—while keeping my traveling companion, John, in the loop in Laos.

The whole itinerary hasn’t quite fallen into place yet, but the railroad part is set:

June 3, 2006: Depart Beijing train #23 at 07:40
June 4: Arrive Ulan Bator at 13:20. Spend one night at Elstei Ger (yurt) Camp
June 5: Return to Ulan Bator for 2 nights Bayangol Hotel
June 7: Depart Ulan Bator train #363 at 18:40
June 9: Arrive Irkutsk at 08:10 with 1 night homestay in Irkutsk, and two nights at Bolshoe Goloustnoe, on the shores of Lake Baikal
June 12: Depart Irkutsk train #9 at 16:35
June 15: Arrive Moscow at 16:58 with 3 nights AST Hof Hotel
June 18: Depart Moscow night train at 23:55
June 19: Arrive Saint Petersburg at 08:00 with 3 nights Vyborgskaya hotel
June 22: Fly home

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