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This is where I’ve been…

…for the past four days.

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I’m currently chilling by the shores of Lake Baikal. Literally – the first fingers of the Siberian winter can be felt now, even though the sun has been out all day.

In lieu of a real update, some cheering words from one of my heroes, from the postscript to his “Voyage of the Beagle”, which I managed to finish somewhere in the vicinity of Perm. Definitely spoke to my particular situation.

“But I have too deeply enjoyed the voyage, not to recommend any naturalist, although he must not expect to be so fortunate in his companions as I have been, to take all chances, and to start, on travels by land if possible, if otherwise, on a long voyage. He may feel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, excepting in rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates. In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humoured patience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself, and of making the best of every occurrence. In short, he ought to partake of the characteristic qualities of most sailors. Travelling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he never before had, or ever again will have any further communication, who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance.”

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  1. Kalin
    September 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Wow. A fantastic excerpt – between that and the photo there is so much said, though I hope we get to hear/see more about it, eventually…

    But oh, from this desk, as a tall person? I’m struck by the rigid seats, the low and narrow berth, small window, and (especially) beautiful rug. Such a tiny space for (two?) strangers to share!

    • September 9, 2011 at 2:16 am

      Four, actually. And all of the five people I shared with over the course of the four days had about as much English as I have Russian.

  2. September 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Enjoying the updates Ciaran; the photo says a lot although I’m sure you’ve more than endured!

    • September 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Glad you’re enjoying it – the trip really hasn’t had any nightmares yet. Fingers crossed though – the Sea of Japan crossing is said to get really rough sometimes, and this is typhoon season…

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