Day 117: Kettles Of Fish

27.04.09: I emerged from the coach in the wee small hours to find myself in the rather attractive town of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. I was busy trying to suss out how I was going to get into Belarus (avoiding all the tomfoolery of yesterday) when I ran into none other than Lynn Robinson, my ex-girlfriend Michelle's mum! She was in the coach station getting a bus to the airport. What are the chances of that? Well, statistically speaking, pretty damn high. In fact, considering the number of people I know, times the fact I am travelling for a full year, I think the chances of me running into somebody I know are probably one in one. But that doesn't stop it being really cool! Anyways, we unfortunately didn't have time for coffee as her bus was due, so I headed off to the Belarusian…

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Day 116: Arrested Development

26.04.09: The boat over to Tallinn was quick and easy and got me in to the capital of Estonia in fine fettle just around noon. I grabbed a cab across town (and what a marvellously delightful town it is!) and jumped a bus to Narva, on the Russian border. Here's the plan... I don't have a Russian visa, so I can't actually go into Russia proper, but what I can do is go up to the border and talk to the border guards, and then I'm technically in that country, yeah? Er... no. The border post, and there was only one, was on the European side of the river. Fences, CCTV and border guards standing all around. This was not going to be the cakewalk I expected. IDIOT!! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Russia! Putin! Gulags! The KGB! So I had a gander at a map on…

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