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In the Autumn of 2012, sipping a frighteningly glow-in-the-dark bubble tea somewhere in central Hong Kong, I set about the task of coming home. London was six thousand miles away, so flying back was, of course, the obvious solution. But there are less obvious delights to be had overland, and I thought I’d take them in on the way. So from Hong Kong to South London, by trains, trains, hiking, buses, trains, a boat, shared taxis, and trains, I crawled my way all the way back. The route took me through the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu and Xinjiang, before heading into Kyrgyzstan, then Uzbekistan, racing through Kazakhstan to Russia, taking a hard left into Ukraine, out to Poland, then Germany, Belgium, France for about forty minutes, and finally under the Channel, back to Britain. It was an exciting time. People were met, laughs were had, vistas were enjoyed, and yes, trains were ridden. Now, most excitingly of all, the full travelogue is hereby available for your reading pleasure! A Eurasian Diary: From Hong Kong to London by Train, Bus & Lada, is up for the down-loads on Amazon. The journey can now be yours, on e-readers and tablets, PCs and Macs, and even as PDFs that you can print out and roll around in. This here blog is the place where I’ll be posting some of my favourite photos, videos, sounds and songs, and occasional excerpts from book, too. And, look out, I’ll be announcing promotions and giveaways when I’m feeling wild and crazy. One never does know when I shall be feeling wild and crazy, so keep your eyes peeled for the wild and crazy eventuality. Apart from the blog, you can come find me on Facebook too, and even on the Twitter. Come say hi! And….. thank you.