On Friday I’m flying to Osaka to visit friends.
I’m staying in Osaka for a week and then taking a ferry to Shanghai. The ferry takes 2 days to get there.
One of my friends from Australia is staying in Shanghai at the moment, so I’m going to visit him.
I have two weeks in China and then I’m joining up with a tour that leaves from Beijing.
It’s a 3-week tour and goes from Beijing to St. Petersburg. We take the Trans-Mongolian train to Mongolia and stay in Ulan Bator for a couple of days and then take the train into Russia. We join up with the Trans-Siberian railway at Irkustk. The tour stops at a couple places on the way to Moscow and St. Petersburg.
I fly back to Australia from Frankfurt on October 10.
There are some maps at: http://www.aidandoyle.net/?page_id=338