2.220 days since Eurasia2013 started, 6 years and 1 month to the day, I’m back on the road! And I’m very excited, to use some understatement. At the bottom you’ll find links to the latest posts.
I’m in between chapters in life and work, and am using some spare weeks to hit the road. There is no grand plan or project this time, just a lot of pins on the Google map that have accumulated. My Fernweh, the curiosity to discover unknown places and wanting to revisit some places with more time are all driving forces in this journey.
The route is relatively vague for the most part. From Barcelona I’ll drive northeast, to see friends and family on the way to and in Berlin. From there it will be more east and more north. I hope to enter Russia on a remote northern border crossing, and then explore parts of the country I haven’t seen so far. After Moscow then there is a big question mark, a lot will depend on the roads I hope to find. Last year I read Paolo Rumiz‘ “Trans Europa Express“, a book that put a lot of pins on my map. It reminded me of the common culture and history of so many countries and peoples between the Rhine and the Urals, the Barents and the Black Seas. From Eurasia2013 I also brought back a great admiration for how the Russians took a lot of that heritage far east and deep south, to Central Asia. I hope to go check this out first hand.
I’ll tour in my 2006 Mini, hoping the diesel engine will keep delivering steady performance at any altitude and fuel quality. The car isn’t made for off-road driving, so I’ll have to stay on roads and decent tracks, no mud nor sand. And I can just carry so much stuff with me, helping with the minimalist approach to traveling. I really hope the Mini makes it back in good shape with me.
Given the time of the year and the upcoming summertime, I look forward to spending many nights camping outdoors and enjoying nature outside of bigger cities.
Blogging will probably be less regular this time. Feedback and suggestions are always welcome.
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