|Švejk being diligently guarded in Putim.|
Jaroslav Hašek's Good Soldier Švejk is the exact opposite, it is a ready-made itinerary. The author had an extraordinary memory and he used this to full effect in his classic novel. He sprinkles his novel with more than 800 geographical references, and nearly 100 of those form part of the plot. Not only will I on this trip attempt to follow Švejk but also the authors own amazing anabasis from Prague to beyond Lake Baikal and back. Come late October I might be sick of travelling, sick of Hašek, sick of train journeys, sick of my own company and longing to get back to work and familiar surroundings. But I will never regret having set out on this journey.