Just about there
I've been planning this trip for months now I can just about tell you every train and bus I need to get down to India and nearly every single detail about the trip. However, it wasn't until Sunday when I was starting to pack my backpack that it finally hit me, and what I am hopefully about to achieve. It’s always been one of my dreams to do this, but at the same time I’m also think “….aawww crap…” I think once I’m on the road it will settle me down a bit.
I have now packed and re-packed my backpack 3 times now, doesn’t matter what I do I still seem to have more chargers and adapters than I do of everything put together, which I suppose you can argue is not really in the backpacking ethos.
In the first 30hrs of the trip I’ve to cover 1,200 mile by train, taking me from Edinburgh to Vienna. On the train down to London I’ll doubt I’ll be sleeping from excitement. After that the next chance I get for a decent sleep (I hope) will be 8 o'clock that night.
The next key date after that is to get to Iran by the 4th of February. Considering I allowed myself 2weeks to get down to Iran I, which I thought was plenty of time. I was quite unhappy when I realized that the journey from Istanbul to Tehran lasts 70 hours!! I’ll tell you now I can’t wait for that one!! It also means that there will be little time for sight seeing in the Balkans, or Turkey.
I then have 14days in Iran to have some fun and be sober. The next biggy will be the Iran to Pakistan crossing, which in all fairness; I’m not looking forward to. I have spoken to people who have traveled through the region and they say its fine but I’ll think I’ll leave up to my judgment when I get to it. This could possibly be my first flight.