I am planning to visit a friend in Moscow next year (April perhaps), and since I have a flight problem, i've planned a somewhat interesting route, but would welcome any thoughts / advice (!). I am in Scotland, so was planning on getting the boat from Newcastle to Amsterdam, then train to Copenhagen. From there I would get the bus up to Stockholm, then boat to Riga, before a final bus or train to Moscow. On the way back I would probably get a bus from Riga to Warsaw, then a train back to Amsterdam. All this avoids Belarus (not that I dont want to see it, I just dont want the extra hassle of another visa!), and is also a lot cheaper than the direct train from Paris (which does go through Belarus).
Has anyone done any of this route? And am I mad?!
Thanks in advance,
p.s. im not new to solo travel; I unexpectedly ended up having to do it through Southern Africa earlier this year....