Previously on Tokyo to Capetown… Here is our last update from Russia.
We arrived at the Rubtsovsk border crossing to the Kazakh town of Semey just before 9am with fears it could take hours to get through. Our concerns were superfluous.
On the last leg of our Russian journey, we met a set of interesting characters, ranging from “church security” twins to a vodka drinking cop by the name of Nikolai.
Irkutsk is a bustling city with great history and engaging architecture. But dare venture outside the centre and you will get lost in a maze of identical, randomly numbered blocks.
Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world. It is also home to the Baikal seal, or Nerpa, and the delicious Baikal fish known as Omul.
Getting our car through customs in Vladivostok after our 2-day cruise from Japan took us a few days, just enough to enjoy our first foray into the Russian far-east.
We took a ferry from the town of Sakai-Minato, in Japan’s Tottori prefecture to Vladivostok via South Korea. A memorable 2-day journey aboard the “Eastern Dream.”
Day one of the Grand Adventure begins with packing the car. Not an easy task when leaving for a year-long trip.
After weeks of faffing, paperwork, Bond-like dealings with Central Asian Embassies and a fair few tears, we have reached our final evening in Japan.