We've crossed from the Pacific to the Atlantic by land and sea, covering nearly 21,000 km and 9 time zones! When we got home, what we really wanted was a proper cup of tea:
On the way back, we stopped off for the weekend to visit friends in Vilnius, Lithuania. This was a great way to mark the end the trip: it's a really picturesque, charming city with no shortage of great bars and restaurants. And with locals to show us around, we were able to sample some great ones (the cigarette lighter is for scale):
We broke up the final leg of the journey with a quick overnight stop in Warsaw and breakfast—good bread!—in Cologne before boarding the Eurostar back to St. Pancras International.
As usual, time is playing funny tricks: it feels like only a few weeks since we left but if we focus on all the places we've been, things we've done, and distance we've traveled, it's hard to believe it has only been two months. We're both amazed at how well the trip worked out and, given the constraints we had to work with, we're really happy with where and when we went, how long we spent in each place, where we stayed, and what we did; if we were doing the trip knowing what we know now, I don't think we'd change anything much. And we're already thinking about planning our next train trip: a December jaunt to the German Christmas markets.
Oh, and in all the time we were away, I think the trains ran on time almost to the minute. Until we hit Europe, that is!
xkcd comic coincidentally came out last week