Travelling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times - but in a dilapidated VDub...that's got to be plain daft...hasn't it?
I was in my prime, hungry to make a mark on the world, yet I was making ends meet by delivering egg and cress sandwiches on a bicycle with a bent axle to condescending office workers.
Gainful employment in the ex-Soviet Union was a dream come true.
A chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and his old pal Jo a taste for the unknown.
So when Uncle Tony asks them to drive to Vladivostok for another job, they can't think of a good reason why not.
The result is a classic caper across the former Soviet Union in Max, a rusty old VW camper.
Knowing little of the language or the geography ahead, they embark on probably the longest commute ever, encountering corrupt officials, film star mechanics and over-friendly gangsters.
Far off the tourist trail, they bear witness to the collapse of one nation and the birth of a new one during the free-for-all that was Russia in the nineties.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, Illustrations map.
- Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/08/2011
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9781849531566