A fellow adventurer has unearthed this video of life aboard the Trans-Mongolian Express. Our itinerary is that we board the train in Moscow on 12th April. This is to be our home for four nights straight. We leave the train in Iskutsk on 16th April and spend one night in a hostel and three nights in private homes at Lake Baikal/Olkhon Island, return to Isrkutsk, back on board the train again for a couple of nights, then another side trip to Terlj NP where we stay overnight in a Ger/Yurt. We pick up the train again at Ulan Bator on 24th April, arriving in Beijing on 25th April. To summarise, we spend a total of 7 nights on the train broken up by two side trips. I think this might be the most gruelling section of our journey, but probably the most memorable for many reasons!
Regarding my Marie Curie fundraising, I was asked if donations can be made from overseas. The answer is, yes they can. Anyone in the world can donate on JustGiving - the only requirement is a credit, debit card or a Paypal account. This is what the JustGiving website says about it:-
"Donations are made in pounds sterling (£ GBP), so it might be useful to use a currency convertor before donating. There are absolutely loads to choose from on the internet, but one that we often use is XE – http://www.XE.com/ucc
Once you know how much you would like to donate in GBP, you just enter this into the box under Enter an amount (for example, to donate £10, enter 10.00) and follow the donation process as normal.
When the donation appears on your bank statement, it will show the equivalent in your own currency. It's also worth remembering that your bank/credit card company may charge extra fees for international transactions, so you may wish to contact them before donating to find out."
I set myself a target of raising £1000 for this good cause and I'm now 38% toward my goal. I think perhaps I wasn't being confident enough when I set this target and, hopefully may need to up the ante.
Bob Hope - "A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."
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