|Location: Märjamaa, Estonia|
|Local time: Saturday, 1:40pm|
|Music: Cafe Del Mar|
My visa came through, I've exchanged some Estonian Krones for Russian Rubles, I've taken notes from the Lonely Planet, I've purchased train tickets and booked hostels. So tomorrow I leave for Russia - two days in St. Petersburg and two days in Moscow. It's taken a truckload of planning (they sure as hell don't make it easy to visit), but I'm finally able to just relax and look forward to it.
After Russia I plan on briefly visiting Stockholm, Sweden (there's a cheap overnight ferry leaving here from Tallinn), and then on the 9th of September we're flying to Berlin for a couple days sightseeing before heading to Barcelona to stay for a while, where hopefully there's some boat work already lined up - a Canadian friend from the Caribbean who's there now is trying to sort something out. There's also an empty flat in Barcelona that's available to us for several weeks, so that's a real bonus.
Berlin I'm kind of indifferent to, having already visited Germany (albiet briefly), but I'm pretty thrilled about finally seeing Spain, where I was supposed to end up over a year ago now, after my Atlantic crossing on a megayacht was unexpectedly cancelled. Now already we've been researching tickets from Barcelona to Madrid and Seville, and I'd just LOVE to do a weekend trip to Rome! Barcelona's biggest festival (Festes de la Merce) takes place around the 24th of September, so I can't wait to get some great shots of human castle-building etc.
Not much else to add really. I've been running every day and am starting to feel fit again. I've purchased a 1.5x teleconverter zoom lens for my camera, so I can get that little bit closer to the action, but I still long for a new 8 megapixel beast. I guess I'll wait until I'm back in the Caribbean however, to get the best price. In the meantime I'm reading a lot of web and magazine articles on photography, as well as photoshop tutorials.
My next update will be post-Soviet Experience. So until then, Da svidaniya.
I just had US$2,500 sent to me from a Caribbean account, via Western Union. Looks much better in Estonian Kroons (about 31,000) I reckon. (At the top right are 4000 Russian Rubles)
Waiting for lunch in 'Route 66' pub. *Yawn* Good food, cheap.
So, after almost three years and 14 countries, my faithful sneakers have
decided to die, a day before I leave for Russia. I'm gonna try and see
if they hold out on me, but I may end up having to buy more in Moscow!
Goodbye, my friends. ("I'll never let go Jack, I'll never let go")
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