Super-short blog post to report some important family news.
My parents leave today on a two-month holiday, consisting firstly of a package tour along the Beijing-Moscow Silk Route (visiting China, Kazakhistan, Uzbekistan and Russia by train), and secondly of a private journey in Europe (catching up with friends in Germany and Britain). I will have only intermittent email and SMS contact, and will certainly miss the daily phone conversations I’m used to.
The train journey is with the Captain’s Choice tour company.
We spent yesterday together as a family, enjoying each other’s company for the last time before they return. Among other things we discussed ideas for souvineer gifts they might send/bring back, such as items of archaeological / palaeontological significance, or traditional items including musical instruments, board/tile/card games, and art. The choice they make will be – as it should – a surprise.