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cowgirrl3
cowgirrl3 Hey I'll be in Croatia from the 22? Where will you be around that time? I'd like to see Plitvice and maybe stop by Mostar. Have you got any definite plans set in yet?
Jools Stone
Jools Stone Hi, Sept or October? Still nothing booked at my end yet but Oct is looking more likely! Thanks, Jools
4 years ago
cowgirrl3
cowgirrl3 Sorry in sept, well let me know. I'd like to see the same places as well.
4 years ago
Jools Stone
Jools Stone I'm a decent, relaxed, fun British guy in my mid 30s. I love trains and the good things in life. I love Globetrooper to bits too.
Jools Stone
Jools Stone 'For I am Joolsy, super Joolsy, no one likes me I don't care...' No one fancy this trip then?
Jools Stone
Jools Stone Hey, I'm in Paris next weekend from 27th to 30th. I'm going to the Rock en Seine festival but I won't be camping there or staying for the duration. No accom booked yet! I'm a 36 year old British bloke, into blogging too. Any good? Jools
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4 years ago
Jools Stone
Jools Stone Hi, I'll be inter railing through Eastern Europe and the Balkans mid sept for about 3 weeks, exact route and dates tbc. Be happy to meet up if this ties in with your route at all. Also in Paris next weekend if anyone wants to meet up there too. I'm a tarvel blgger btw, see my link below. Thanks Jools http://joolsstone.wordpress.com
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4 years ago
Msi
Msi Hi, I think I might be interested in joining. By the looks of the itenerary/outline there's no real getting off and exploring of the different regions, right? Also, by when and how do you book the train tickets? I traveled throughout China on trains before so am cool w/ riding on a train for long periods of time and went briefly to Rajastan on a GAP tour, so I have an idea as to the conditions of the trains in India. This sounds like a really awesome trip. Thanks!
Todd
Todd Great to hear MSI. There are a lot of interconnecting railways, so there will be lots of hopping on and off. Plus Mark has previously talked about "wash-stops" in motels along the way. Lauren and I plan to stay for a little while afterwards too. No concrete plans yet, but we'd be crazy not to stay longer. That said, Mark_Lester is the go-to-guy for more info. You can visit his blog dedicated to the trip and the very long forum discussion over at IndiaMike.com (the exact link is on Mark's blog).
4 years ago
Mark_Lester

Mark_Lester Ahoy MSI. Yes, you get the picture.
I am currently working on sourcing deliveries of good stuff for the tiffin boxes so we can concentrate on washing when ever we are off the train. Most of our trains have food, but it's usually iffy at best, so I am going to make every effort to get the food sorted.
Two thirds of the trip can actually be done in first class, which apparently have showers!, but most of us will be in AC2, which is quite nice but no shower. Some of my more delicate mates will be doing it in first though, if they actually turn up that is.
Roughly half the party will be natives, which will aid the mission on several levels.
I'll be organising for a tiffin box salesman to turn up wherever it is we convene in Mumbai so you can get yours. it wil only cost a few bucks, I will be getting two!.

4 years ago
Mark_Lester
Mark_Lester oops. can you delete one of those tood :).
4 years ago
Mark_Lester
Mark_Lester And regarding booking the trains. We have a great guy here in London(Wembley) who can sort this all out for you, dont worry about that side of things. Of course if we get hit with some enormous delay then it will all go tits up as we wont get a whole gang of us on the next train. But I have been monitoring all our trains for the last 6 months. There is a web site that publishes the arrival times and I am a programmer so I wrote something to catch all those so I can see how reliable everything is. Things aren't anywhere near as bad as everyone,including most Indians, will have you believe, and we have very ample gaps between trains. But shit does happen.
4 years ago
Msi
Msi I think the overnight train I took in India was AC2, so pretty comparable to trains in China. Ok so I think I'm a bit dense - but where can I find your blog? Want to figure out train tix etc. since I know those have to be bought way in advance.
4 years ago
Mark_Lester
Mark_Lester blog is here http://gcirc.wordpress.com we will be using these guys to book stuff http://www.indiarail.co.uk/ make your mind up time will be end of september
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey Mark, sorry just had to look up what a tiffin box is :) but now I get the pic. Can you tell me how it works? We buy them first in Mumbai before the trip then at each stop we clean them and get them re-filled?
4 years ago
Mark_Lester
Mark_Lester yeah thats the plan. two may be overkill but they are cheap, useful, and a great momento.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi All. Mark's doing a roll call to get firmer numbers. If you're joining this trip, please confirm your attendance here and join the GCIRC Facebook event and confirm there too: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=371461612956
4 years ago
Jools Stone
Jools Stone Wow, a lot of info here to digest! I'm pretty much sold on it now I think.
4 years ago
Mark_Lester
Mark_Lester Well, here's a thread on IndiaMike which is 1,000 posts long. It's largely nonsense about me monitoring the trains. There's a site that tells you when stuff turned up, so I wrote a program to monitor it. Turns out stuff isnt quite as chaotic as everyone thinks. But sure, it's no Switzerland. That thread has become a bit of a monologue though, with the odd heckler. All you need to know is what's on the route page, and to contact shankar. if you are Indian it's another story for the bookings..
4 years ago
Jools Stone
Jools Stone Where will you guys be in September then? Planning myself to start in Croatia early in the month. Then Bosnia, Belgrade, Bulgaria, Romania, Budapest and back via Bratislava towards the end of the month. Any good??
jndrsn
jndrsn Hey! Are you an Emma Stone fan? Annnyway, I'll be rolling into Budapest right around September 1st, and I'll be in that area until I fly out on September 9th. I plan spending 3 days in Budapest, then heading to Krakow for 2 days, and Prague for 3. Thoughts?
4 years ago
Jools Stone
Jools Stone Hey Never heard of her, sorry! That's good to know, might not tie in with my plans by sound of it, but nothing set in Stone yet, so we'll see!
4 years ago
jndrsn
jndrsn Haha wow, what a weird coincidence. Emma Stone is an actress, and one of her characters is named Jules lol. Anyway, definitely let me know if you're interested in meeting up!
4 years ago
Jools Stone
Jools Stone I'll check her out! Yeha, I'll come back to you once I know what I'm doing, oh and you might like my rail travel blog btw, cheers, Jools.
4 years ago
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