Okay, I haven't even started my trip and this is the third time I've modified any version of my itinerary.
First plan - Beijing to St. Petersburg and back
Second plan - start in Ulaan Bataar, St. Petersburg and back to Beijing
Current plan* (* denotes subject to change)
Start in Ulaan Bataar next Sunday, work my way on the Trans-Siberian to St. Petersburg.... yes, I know, nothing has changed there. But now, I had a brilliant idea - apply for a Kazakh visa in London to transit via Kazakhstan from Russia to China and join up to the Silk Road.
So - my passport is off with the Kazakhs right now. Which, for your info, are a very attractive culture.
Trans-Siberian adventure meet the Silk Road.