Day 1

Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Well, it was nice for my big brother Haydn to sneakily show up at Gloucester station to see me off. Someone asked me who was seeing me off and it felt a bid sad saying "no-one" so thanks again H. Gloucester to Paddington went in a flash, and then I had to head up to North London on the tube to find my passport. Thankfully that went off without a hitch and soon I was flicking through it admiring my new visas to Belarus, Russia, Mongolia and China. Next stop was Waterloo and the Eurostar! I have never travelled on the Eurostar, so it was good to tick that off the list. I put my headphones in and led back as the Eurotunnel got closer. It was night-time by then so there was nothing to see anyway.

An hour later I started reading my book. It's Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, I was saving it for the Russian part of my trip but my bag is so heavy I thought best get it out of the way now and off load some weight. I spent most of the last week worrying I had too little kit and now I'm sure I have too much.

At Brussells the station was sort of closing down for the night and the only toilet was closed. So I sat down with the other cross-legged passengers in the single waiting area - which piped through annoying ring tone music for our "benefit". We were waiting for the overnight sleeper to Berlin, which I was pleased to see had some pretty tidy accommodation. I had a three berth cabin to myself which I was grateful for because it was gone midnight and I wanted some shut-eye. I read a few more pages of my book and tried to get to sleep as the train rumbled through Belgium.
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