Dear friends, welcome on my journey to St Petersburg! At the moment I am sitting on the train waiting for it to leave Liverpool Lime Street Station. The train will take me to London Euston Station and from there I will take a cab to Paddington where I will board the Heathrow Express train. My flight isn’t until tomorrow morning so I will be staying at a hotel overnight.
I could have taken a plane from Manchester, which would have been much more straightforward but I am using up some Frequent Flyer miles and therefore needed to fly with British Airways.

More updates soon. The novelty of blog posting again may soon wear off but for now I apologise for the series of posts to follow that are likely to simply describe routine transit.