I did not write my diary for a while, shame on me! Al lot of things happened, Hansen wrote about most of them, so I can keep on being lazy about my diary? Nope, got to catch up:
The accidental break into Russia was definitely the highlight in our past few days. Besides that, it’s kind of ironic, that our Russian Visa was shortened by ten days. There are new rules in Russia: Visas for more than 21 days are no more granted if persons do not have a travel plan with hotel bookings included. So we are missing 10 days for our trip through Russia which was originally planned for 30 Days. Additionally, we have to hang out here in Daugavpils for two days til Monday, since our passports with the visas were not delivered in time as planned. So, while our Russian Visa already loses valuable days we can’t do nothing but wait and hope for them to arrive. It’s a situation I can most suitable describe with my favorite German words for fucked up situations: Zum Kotzen! I really love cycling and I love to have adventures, but after planning this trip for half a year, I thought it might go a bit more smoothly!
And that’s only for now: Just Two days ago, the day we entered Lithuania, we cycled 143 km with strong winds and poring rain against us, our iron will kept us going. When we finally gave up and stranded in a cheap stinky and dirty truckers pleasure time motel we discovered the most classical super GAU a traveller can have! Our passport were gone. No Idea were or how we’d lost them. And that was not even all: My iPhone was in my waterproof jacket pocket, but my pocket was not closed. So it had enjoyed an about two hour bath and was full of water, or in other words: irresponsive, dead, broken. I was furious about my self and the situation. Fortunately the Motel did not give a damn about passports and was glad to have customers staying for more than a few hours! So we hoped to be without touch of the police until we reach Daugavpils, where we would have our new Passport with Visas and no more Identification problems. But, of course we were checked by some border patrol when entering Latvia: Dag Nagit!!!! We had to laugh when it happened, the situation was just too screwed to be taken serious: We lost our passports in Poland, got into Lithuania, and just after the Letvian Border, about 5 km from our new passports we are controlled. The border police was in a good mood and really understood our situation and let us go with the promise to check into the hotel in Daugavpils until we had our new passports. So here I am in a hotel room, absolutely exhausted and amazed about how much can go wrong! But still, I am positive about this tour, we will try our best to cycle through the whole of Russia in 18 days starting Tuesday.
Like my best friend from Berlin would say: Timing is not a city in China!
Edit: My iPhone works again, it has a beautiful water pattern (stains) in the background but besides that works just fine!
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