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Mission completed!
Written by Andy Stone   
Monday, 14 May 2007
We have arrived back in France, currently ensconced in the comfort of the family home.  This means we did it: we did the whole thing without using a single aircraft, all the way out to Japan and back along the Silk Roads.  It can be done, and on the whole if time allows I can heartily recommend it as a great slow way to meet all sorts of interesting people, and experience the places visited 'for real' while all the while not trashing the environment too badly.

Thank you so much to all who hosted us, all the wonderful people we met along the way, and all our friends and family who gave us nothing but support and encouragement all the way through.  It was one hell of a ride.

I'm sure more articles will appear as the dust settles and I begin to make sense of some of the things we have seen and experienced.  Its all still a swirl in my head and I have few of the answers I was hoping for yet, and even more questions.  But one thing I do know now is that we are all the same, the world over.  Invariably kind and warm-hearted by nature, we allow ourselves to become scared of each other, and closed in, by listening to the fear peddled by our governments and the media they control.  Divide and conquer is the classic strategy that will only continue to work for as long as we allow it.  Here's to opening our hearts, minds and arms, loving our neighbours, and thereby dis-empowering those that seek to control us.

France. Germany. Czech Republic. Poland. Lithuania. Latvia. Estonia. Russia. Mongolia. Russia again. Japan. Korea. China. Hong Kong. Macau. China again. Laos. Thailand. Laos again. Thailand again. Laos yet again. China yet again. Kazakhstan. Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan. Iran. Turkey. Greece. Italy. France again. And soon, grey, sodden, neurotic England again.
Last Updated ( Monday, 04 June 2007 )
 
Our trip avoiding aircraft!
Written by Web Master   
Saturday, 11 November 2006

Welcome to Darkfox's Grand Day Out, a travel diary charting our Eurasian adventure.  Using the menu at the top you can read our travelog, look at pictures taken en route and leave messages for us.  Our originally planned route is illustrated here.

The trip is underway at last - having started from Stroud on 2nd April 2006.  The prime objective is to try and avoid flying wherever possible, and to spend our money where it will stay in the local economy rather than with multi-nationals.   We are travelling until our savings run out and hope this will be about a year; the general idea is to travel east on the Trans-Siberian and back west by retracing the silk roads through Central Asia.  Hopefully we'll be able to fit in a spot of R&R in South East Asia somewhere along the way.

We have spent some time with the Language Project at My Library in Laos.  Books are very rare in Laos, even in schools, but the thirst for education is immense.  If you would like to support this project, you can donate books through their Amazon Wishlist.

We are able to post updates whenever we get to an internet terminal, so please do check in regularly!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 January 2007 )
 
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