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A Trans-Siberian train trip and Christmas in Europe with Cliff

  • Melrose Cafe & Bar

    730 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB (map)

    51.037832 -114.078385

  • Go to the end of the bar and downstairs to the meetup.
  • "In 1994 I was visiting Beijing and during my stay there I met many
    Europeans who were ending their Asia trip with a journey on the
    Trans-Siberian "express" back to Europe. (As I later learned, its
    anything BUT an "express"!)
    Ever since that trip I've always harboured the dream of going back
    to China to embark on that journey myself. Another dream was to spend
    at least one Christmas in Europe and experience how Eastern Europe
    celebrates that festive holiday. So, in 2010, I realized both dreams by
    embarking on the massive journey starting in Beijing, travelling into
    Ulaanbaatar and then out to a Ger tent to live like Ghengis Khan for 3
    days before venturing north to Irkutsk. From Irkutsk I travelled east to
    the 23 million year old natural wonder that is Lake Baikal before
    jumping back onto the train heading west to Moscow. For 84 hours I
    stared at the passing Russian landscape, slowly watching Asia become
    Europe, fall turn to winter. From Moscow I meandered through most of
    Eastern Europe, in constant awe of the beauty of Christmas hilighted in
    every city. I felt like I was constantly walking through a fairy tale
    setting. I eventually settled in Cracow, Poland and was enchanted once
    again at the beauty of the decorated town squares and cobblestoned
    lanes, as well as the hospitality of my Polish hosts over Christmas eve
    and Christmas day. 
    Join me as I show off the beauty of those  landscapes and winter wonderland townships!" - Cliff

    Welcome to a very special Christmas presentation.  Just a couple of notes: Parking is free on the side streets after 6 p.m. and there is pay parking at the back of Melrose.  Please remember to bring a small donation to keep the CAT website going! Thank you! - CAT Organizers

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  • Eileen m.

    Hi : I am just recently retired and looking for opportunities to travel with groups.

    November 20, 2013

  • Paul

    You are blessed !

    November 19, 2013

  • Hassan S.

    You are very lucky to have the oppotunity to experience these places and cultures. I am very interested to benefit from your journeys.

    November 17, 2013

  • Paul

    I am planning to go to Ecuador during Xmas, all advise is welcome. My Spanish is reasonable

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Riz. Yes I know that pattern well. Seems this will be the first winter in 16 that I am Alberta bound. Turkey was on my list one year on my big RTW but I ran out of $ and time. Would love to know what's going on there now. I'm a South and SE Asia buff.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am Riz, i love to travel and usually go one trip abroad a yr. I just came back from Turkey. I look forward to hearing others travel and experiences.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Newbie here. Back in YYC after many years. Looking forward to sharing my experiences and hearing about yours.

    November 16, 2013


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