Who are we ? We are 2 friends who have known each other for something like 35 years. We met in Paris, where we were both living and working at the time.
DAVID LAIRD : David is from Glasgow in Scotland (in case you don’t know where Glasgow is) and has lived in England, Switzerland, France and Germany. He now lives half the year in Freiburg in Germany and half the year in the Far East between Langkawi in Malaysia and Khao Lak in Thailand. He has spent the last 3 years confirming that work was actually never really his thing. And finally he resigned himself to a German passport - Brexit gave him no choice.
GERHARD WINDORFER : Gerhard is from Munich (which I believe is in Austria) and has lived in France, but now lives again in Munich and spends a lot of time in Leogang in Austria. Gerhard does claim to work but there is no substantive proof of this. At the time of writing he is on his way to New Zealand, to take his youngest son to university there and then goes on to tour the Marquesas Islands on a sort of cargo/cruise ship.
Originally we wanted to take the Trans Siberian Express from Peking to Europe, but then we found out about the Atlantic Pacific Overland Drive and decided that it would be much more fun to drive from Hamburg to Vladivostok. We started looking at Land Rovers and Toyota Landcruisers but that seemed to be too banal for us. Somehow we decided on a Bentley Continental. This is clearly the wrong type of car for this trip : it is expensive to buy ; it is very expensive to run (15-20 l/100km) and it is very expensive to repair (Not that a Bentley ever breaks down ! )
As Gerhard and I have no idea about repairs, we will have to rely on Mohamed and Igor and Ivan et al, along the way to do the repairs. The boot is too small for all the kit (and I may not be allowed to take my golf clubs), However the Bentley does have 4 wheel drive, certainly enough power to go up and down the Altai mountains, it has features allowing it to raise and lower and stiffen or soften the suspension - but above all : IT IS REALLY COMFORTABLE. Our old bones need to travel in comfort.