"We’re back! But how do I begin to explain just what a fantastic – overwhelming – time we have had, and indeed how to go about thanking you for all the work put in beforehand, your advice, your help with having booked a tight itinerary into our available time, for your guide book which so very well prepared us – China was the 52nd country logged into my life’s passport. , I am lucky to have travelled, but I can truly say that I have never felt the emotion on completing a trip as I have done this time, quite extraordinary! It was like everything was exaggerated, but was true! Tiananmen and Red Squares. The Great Wall, the Ice Festival, Baikal, Moscow, never mind the 9288kms of the train!!!
So, thank you. Seems a small word, but we mean it very much.
We would like to mention the following – if you would mind/be prepared to send it to the agencies you work with in China and Russia, we would be grateful indeed of you so doing:- “To our guides, who, for short periods of times, were our guardians, as well as guides, and, if we may say, were also our friends too – to Xue Ja Wen in Beijing, who so kindly cared for us on our long first day, having arrived at 5am, and spending the whole day touring and seeing fantastic things; to big friendly Sam in Harbin, who was so kind to my mum who was coming down with a cold, pacing our walk very much to accommodate her, and for giving us plenty of time at the Ice Festival which was fab, and for sorting dumplings out for us on our evening there; to Dennis who met us cheerily at Vladivostok after a long and occasionally testing day of travel, and helping us with bags and tickets to install us onto the train; to Yelena who greeted us on the platform at Irkutsk, instantly helping out with photos of us with our Provodnitsa, and helping us with snow mobiles as well as walks and restaurants; and to Ilya in Moscow, who took us on a lovely 3 hour walk, dropping us off at a Ukranian restaurant which was just fab – his interest in us was lovely, and his information on what we saw being comprehensive and interesting, his engagement with Oliver was lovely; to all of our drivers too – you were all so kind and smiling and helpful with all of our bags! So, to you all kind people – you all looked after us, made us comfortable, never rushed us, made us feel involved, informed, and cared for, thank you. We wish you all well for your futures.” And so we say thank you again, Chris. If you ever want a break in the Yorkshire Dales, we have a cottage in our garden, you (and partner) would be most welcome to come and stay.
So we wish you well, may be will ask for your services again one day, and say thank you a final time. Don’t forget the offer mentioned though!
All the best,Jonathan, Marysia, Oliver and Ann"