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I apologize in advance for the long post, and multiple questions. If this would be better suited for a different forum/catagory, please let me know.

I have recently been doing some research online on taking a trip to visit the Sister Cities of Dallas (with the exception of Kirkuk, Iraq). The plan is to visit the cities, spending a week in each photographing the city and the people, then compile it all in a book.

Here is a tentative schedule I have come up with, thus far.

Prior to going overseas, I would need to purchase a Eurail pass. I looked at the different options they show online (http://www.eurail.com) and I think the 3 country pass valid for 6 days within 2 months would work best for me (unless my understanding of how it works is incorrect). Also, all of the train schedule times I have listed for Europe are from the schedule also found on that site.

Day 1 - Fly from DFW to Frankfurt, Germany. Because of the arrival time of the plane, I would need to spend the first night in Frankurt, to catch a morning train. (1 night in Frankfurt)

Day 2 - Train from Frankurt to Prague 8:19 - 14:30 and another train from Prague to Brno 15:39-18:22. Move into my hotel in Brno, Czech Republic.

Days 2 - 9 - Visit the people and places of the city of Brno. (7 nights in Brno)

Day 9 - Train from Brno to Prague 9:35 - 12:21 and train from Prague to Frankfurt 13:30 - 19:36. Spend the night in Frankurt again, to catch a morning train.

Day 10 - Train from Frankfurt to Paris 9:01 - 12:49, a taxi/relay to another station, different train from Paris to Dijon 15:58 - 17:35. Move into my hotel in Dijon, France.

Days 10 - 17 - Visit the people and places of the city of Dijon. (7 nights in Dijon)

Day 17 - Train from Dijon to Paris 9:25 - 11:03, Taxi to Airport, Afternoon flight to Riga, Check into hotel in Riga, Latvia.

Days 17 - 25 - Visit the people and places in the city of Riga. (7 nights in Riga)

Day 25 - Fly from Riga to Moscow, taxi to hotel close to train station. (1 night in Moscow)

Day 26 - Explore Moscow during the day.

Day 26 - 27 - Night Train to Saratov 17:30 - 9:10 (1 night on the rails), arrive and check in to hotel in Saratov, Russian Federation.

Days 27 - 34 - Visit the people and places in the city of Saratov. (6 nights in Saratov)

Days 34 - 35 - Night Train to Moscow 16:04 - 7:28 (1 night on the rails).

Day 35 - Arrive in Moscow, Fly to Taipei. Check into my hotel in Taipei, Taiwan.

Days 35 - 43 - Visit the people and places in the city of Taipei (7 nights in Taipei)

Day 43 Fly from Taipei to Tianjin. Check into my hotel in Tianjin, China.

Days 43 - 50 - Visit the people and places in the city of Tianjin (7 nights in Tianjin)

Day 50 - Fly from Tianjin to Sendai. Check into my hotel in Sendai, Japan.

Days 50 - 58 - Visit the people and places in the city of Sendai (7 nights in Sendai)

Day 58 Fly from Sendai to Monterrey. Check into my hotel in Monterrey, Mexico.

Days 58 - 65 - Visit the people and places in the city of Monterrey (7 nights in Monterrey)

Day 65 Fly from Monterrey to Dallas - HOME.


Now for the questions!

1. Is this trip too ambitious for a novice world traveler? It seems like a LOT of flying time, but I grew up taking long (12-20 hour one way) car trips so I'm sure an airplane has to be more comfortable than the back of a Chevy station wagon.

2. Is the schedule too tight? I've tried to look at the arrival times of flights and schedule 2-3 hours to get from one point to another when needed.

3. Are the train times shown on Eurail.com accurate/dependable? As an example, I'd hate to get to Prague and find that the train was late and I've missed my connection to Brno with the possibility of being stuck in a city I had no plans on being stuck in.

4. In my planning, I've alotted myself $150/day for food and taxis. Will this be enough? I would be trying to stay in, or near, the center of the cities, so plan to do a lot of walking. I can also eat pretty thrifty, as long as I can find Coca-Cola :-)

5. At the end of the trip, I think it may be easier/cheaper to fly from Sendai back to Dallas, then (after taking a couple days off to rest) take a week long trip to Monterrey. Thoughts?

I have many more questions, but think I'll stop now before I wear out my welcome.

Thanks!

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