jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 1 [30 Jan 09] – London

Posted in London by jn82 on January 30, 2009

So the day finally arrived, and the trip I have been awaiting and planning since August 2008 has started. Flew to London via Bangkok on Thai International, as they had a pretty competitive price and accrued Star Alliance miles. For the sake of not boring those who are not interested in the details of plane travel, the full trip report on the SIN-BKK and BKK-LHR flights can be found on my SQTalk posting here.

Got into Terminal 1 and took an hour long tube ride for £4 from Heathrow 1,2,3 to Farringdon where R stays, and reached her place at 9am. Rested for a while and then went out to have some lunch and check out the Tate Modern.

Entry to the museum was free, although there were boxes with requests for donations at every entry point. Now modern art is not really my thing, but I decided to give it a go as R suggested it, and it was also in the LP guide. It was an interesting experience to say the least, although I did not get 99.9% of the exhibits which were on display. Below are just two of the more normal pieces.

Apple core art.

Apple Core Art

Dino, awwww…

Dino

Some beds perhaps.

Beds

After a couple of hours at the museum, I decided to check out the nearby Shakespere’s Globe Theatre. Now this was a place I knew as I think I read about it in secondary school before. Concession entry fee was £8.50 with my ISIC student card, heh. This covered a 30 minute long tour of the actual theatre with bits of history thrown in by the very experienced guide Val, and also full access to the exhibit section which covered the history of the globe theatre, costumes, music, etc etc.

Inside the globe theatre.

Inside the globe theatre

Queen Elizabeth’s box when she visited the globe (painted box on the right).

QEII's box

Exterior of Shakespere’s Globe.

Exterior of Shakespere's Globe

You can’t make this stuff up.

Urine

After a long day out, had a late dinner with R, A and J at Madcalf and came back after. Link to full gallery of today’s pictures available here.

The plan

Posted in Uncategorized by jn82 on January 3, 2009

So this is the plan. Singapore to London via Bangkok on the 29th of January , spend some time with friends and family in London till the 8th of February, then hop on the train to Edinburgh for a few days, then back to London and fly off to Porto around the 11th of February. This will be the start of the three month long rail journey across most of Western Europe and some of Eastern Europe utilising a rail pass. Hope to hit St. Petersburg around 10th May, then on to Moscow on 12th May, followed by the legendary Trans-Siberian railway on the 15th (or Trans-Mongolian in this case) to Irkutsk, Ulan Bator and finally Beijing around the 28th of May. On to Pyongyang for a week, then back to Beijing and on to Shanghai, the final destination, before flying back to Singapore.

A bit more about myself. I am a recent university graduate currently taking a six month long vacation before starting work in finance. Travel has always been a passion of mine, and not until a June ’08 trip with some friends to Tokyo did I actually tell myself that I wanted to spend some time traveling after graduation. Spent a few weeks planning this “epic” trip in August ’08, and decided to do a trial run trip in around Australia’s Northern Terriroty in Nov-Dec ’08. The trip went very well, and was a mixture of plane, train and driving to and from Melbourne (where I was based). More about the trip if I ever get around to blogging about it. One lesson learnt from that trip is that if you do not write about stuff on the day (or day after) you do it, you probably will not get around to doing it once you have two weeks worth of stuff to write about.

This blog will just be an attempt for myself to keep track of my travels from February ’09 and beyond, and for friends and family to check in once in a while to know what I am up to.