Travel goals, big and small (a work in progress)
Find the cheapest possible food and accommodations in order to stay within my budget.
Don’t spend the whole trip worrying about money.
Buy delicious tea in Japan and China to drink on subsequent Russian train rides.
Make friends on Russian trains and learn the secrets of village/small-town life in Siberian winters.
Cross-country ski on Lake Baikal.
Take good notes so that I can write up my adventures later.
Practice all three of my foreign languages and learn bits of new languages.
See a play at the Moscow Arts Theater.
Go ice skating outdoors.
Check Asia off the “continents visited” list.
Work on at least two farms and learn new skills and perspectives while doing so.
Do two long-distance, multi-day hikes. Summit a peak or two in the process.