There is NEVER enough time!
Day Minus 4
So 8mths ago we decided to buy the van and head off around the world, you would think 8mths would be enough time to get ready, think again!
The Van – this has taken much longer than anticipated not particularly anyone fault other than ours for not getting it started earlier than after Christmas. If we thought something would take one week it has invariably taken two or three. I think you could have re-wired a house quicker than it has taken to wire the van but it is Tres complicated, however we do have some very pretty lights and nearly as many sockets as are in my house plus solar energy to boot! Consequently the van is still having work done!
More “technical stuff “ will be updated in the Van section with big thanks to all the amazing guys who have worked so hard on getting it ready for us
Route planning - anyone thinking of heading across the “Stans” should know this requires military precision planning due to the number of visas required. You can’t get visas too far in advance, as they will run out and some of them we will have to pick up en route – which is always a bit worrying what if they don’t give them to us!!! For a number of countries such as Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan you have to have a Letter of Invitation which needs to come from a tour agent. Would recommend David at Stantours he has been very helpful and tolerant of my daily worrying emails about something or other, I think he will breathe a sigh of relief once we have gone!
Azerbaijan Evisa still yet to turn up but David at StanTours has reassured me (daily) that they will
Would also NOT recommend putting the wrong address on the self-addressed envelope to return your passports from the Turkmenistan Embassy. That caused a few heated words to say the least, but after a few frantic phone calls to the post office and speaking to a very nice helpful man our passports did eventually find their way to Girton Rd, Cambridge as opposed to Cambridge Rd, Girton – phew!
Packing – well we haven’t as yet! Have started to put a few bits in the van but can’t really finish until the work is finished. One thing I am pretty sure of is that it isn’t all going to fit in. Unfortunately Tigger hasn’t turned out to be a Tardis as I had hoped