Wednesday 24th November, Madrid, Spain
*scroll down for the latest journal entry. It's at the bottom, mate*
Today's big news is that I finally have my Russian visa!
Plans for the Russia trip are slowly falling into place. Thanks to CouchSurfing.com
we have people to stay with at every stop- Germany (Berlin), Czech Republic (Prague, Brno, Olomouc), Poland (Katowice, Lublin, Warsaw), Latvia (Riga, Cesis), Lithuania (Vilnius) and Russia (Moscow, St.Petersburg, Tyumen, Omsk, Novisibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude). From Moscow, Maria will return to Madrid, and I will continue across Russia along the route of the Trans Siberian/Trans Mongolian Railway through Mongolia to China. Apparently, I can pick up my Mongolian and Chinese visas along the way. Apparently.
The one thing that is sadly lacking for this adventure is money.
I hate to keep pestering, but if I'm to cover such a great distance, and afford the cost of sharing my adventures with you through this website, I'm gonna need help!
It's as simple as that. There are a number of ways
you can help, but perhaps the most fun way is to set me a challenge. Most of you will be familiar with the 'Challenge Steve' idea, in fact many of you have emailed me over the last twelve months or so, saying that you've been trying to think up a good challenge for me. Well, now is the time! You have above a fairly accurate outline of my route, and I'll be happy to accept any (well, almost
any!) challenges for the above destinations. To get an idea of the challenges other people have set me, please visit my Challenge Steve
page, and you can send me your challenges by email
or by posting it on my interactive messageboard
Another way you can help
is by making World Nomads your choice of travel insurer the next time you travel. If you remember to purchase your World Nomads travel insurance policy through a link on my website
, I earn a commission, and as more and more of my readers have been recognizing the great value cover that World Nomads offers, my commissions have become a substantial means of subsidizing my travel expenses. To learn more about travel insurance that is tailor made for backpackers and independent budget travellers, visit my travel insurance
I have to be honest and admit that without your help, this trans-Siberian trip will not be possible.
The couple of thousand dollars that I made from the sale of my book has long since evaporated in daily expenses, and greater than expected postage costs. Anyway, It was never enough to pay off the credit card debt that has been slowly accruing since I left Australia with less than one dollar seventeen months ago. At present I have around one thousand US dollars remaining credit available on my Visa card. When that is gone, I will be forced to sell my body to buy food and beer. Do you think that $1000 is enough for a two or three month trek through Eastern Europe and across Russia? What about the added costs of webhosting and internet connection, so you can 'join' me- virtually speaking- through the frozen north? The last three weeks have seen record amounts of traffic through The Savage Files, and I'd be tempted to think that some of these readers would be happy to support the site that they've been enjoying. hmmm...
Time to lighten the mood a little, I think.
A lot of people send me funny bits and pieces that they've found on the internet. Whenever possible, I try to pass the best ones on to you here. From my mate Matt in Australia, comes the sexiest barmaid I've ever seen
. Not only is she gorgeous, but she's very accommodating! Try ordering a beer, or asking her to sing, dance, or jump. Then use your imagination. Don't you dare blame me if things get a little rude, she only does what you ask her to. If you run out of ideas, drop me an email
, and I'll send you a few interesting keywords!
Courtesy of Alice in Wonderland, here's a little item called "They said what?"
Crack Found on Governor's Daughter
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
[now that's taking things a bit far!]
Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
[not if I wipe thoroughly!]
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
[ what a guy!]
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
[no-good-for-nothin' lazy so-and-sos!]
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
[see if that works any better than a fair trial!]
War Dims Hope for Peace
[I can see where it might have that effect!]
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
[who would have thought!]
Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
[they may be on to something!]
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
[you mean there's something stronger than duct tape?!]
Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge
[he probably IS t he battery charge!]
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
[weren't they fat enough the first time?!]
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
[that's what he gets for eating those beans!]
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
[definitely worthy of a headline!]
Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
[that was really giving of himself!]
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
[Texas Chainsaw Massacre all over again!]
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
[boy, are they tall!]
And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
[I certainly hope so!]