I now , courtesy of " Select-a-Room " ( who provided an excellent service) ,have a hotel booked for my first 2 nights in Russia. It is at the Poliarnie Zori Hotel in Murmansk .
This week I am going the final collection of all my kit and doing a trial pack to check weights etc. Boring stuff for my readers but critical for ensuring I don't have to pay Mr Ryan any excess baggage while not going without key items.
I had hoped to post a picture of the baptism of my new grandaughter but the technology defeated me. More practice required or my journal during the trip will be boring.