Although the Ultimate Train Challenge involved 30 days and almost 25,000kms of train travel, the Trans-Manchurian section represented the biggest “challenge” of the trip in being the longest stretch of uninterrupted train travel – one week and 9,000kms.
This post was originally published in 2011. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
The good news is that we’re all still friends, and actually, I consider myself very lucky to have shared such an epic experience as the Ultimate Train Challenge with two other dedicated nomadic travelers and bloggers.
Please enjoy this video diary of my week on the Trans-Manchurian train through Russia and China. It’s a good thing “smell-o-vision” isn’t a big hit, and you’ll see me wearing the same outfit up to three days in a row. But rest assured the continuity is genuine; you’ll detect signs of wear-and-tear throughout the week, including increasingly flatter hair and growing bags under my eyes.
But don’t worry – you don’t have to look at my sorry face the whole time; I’ve crammed the video with clips and pictures of the amazing changing scenery along the way, as well as some of our food stops and “beer chats” with new friends, a few time-lapse clips, and some tense moments at the Russian/Chinese border.
Feel free to click here to watch the video on YouTube.