I know, I'm a total train geek, but I really can't get over the length of the trains and, therefore, the platforms in this country. Took this with my phone's camera whilst stumbling about waiting for the last train home.
Speaking of trains, I have recently chatted a few times with my darling Tumbleweed in Scotland who has just bought herself a wee little flat - how exciting! As always, our phone conversations turned to mad plotting and scheming. Get two Leo's together and there's nothing we can't think up.
The latest cunning plan sees a change in our V to V journey - Vladivostok to Val d'Isere (where her apparently very fit brother lives) in France. The new plan is bigger, better, harder and faster. It is simply titled 'My Place to Your Place' or, if you speak to Tumbleweed, 'Your Place to My Place'. As the title suggests, we take a train from Tokyo to wherever the boat leaves for Vladivostok in Japan, a train across Russia to St Petersburg, then a train across Europe that somehow includes most eastern European countries, so I'm sure quite a bit of backtracking will be involved, so across Europe to London, then the train up to Edinburgh.
OK, so it needs a little work and some minor details need to be refined - such as finding out where the boat actually leaves Japan for Vladivostok - but there's time for that later. In true Leo tradition, we create the grand plans, but are not so hot on actually carrying them out.
Check in with us in 6 months time and I'm sure it will have transformed to an epic round-the-world-three-times with this thrown in for good measure. And when will we do this amazing trip? When we both get out of debt.