Twenty-six boys and two masters left King's School, Canterbury, UK, July 27 for a five-week, five thousand mile trip to Russia in a single-deck bus they bought for GBP200.
GV Canterbury Cathedral
SVPAN..Three schoolboys in straw hats walk to bus
SV Schoolboy painting destination on front of bus
SV Schoolboy in straw hat watches
LV Boys test bus lights
TV Provisions loaded into bus.
SCU Sign on side of bus "King's School, Canterbury"
SCU Latter half of sigh "Russian Expedition"
LV PAN..Boys walk to bus.
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SV Relatives wave
LV TOWARDS.. bus moves off.
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Background: Twenty-six boys and two masters left King's School, Canterbury, UK, July 27 for a five-week, five thousand mile trip to Russia in a single-deck bus they bought for GBP200.
Old bus seats were removed and comfortable airliner seats - donated by BEA - installed. The exterior is painted blue, and decorated with the school shield.
Their proposed route will take them through Brussels; Cologne; Hanover; Berlin; Poznan; Warsaw, Minsk; and Smolensk. They will camp outside Moscow, and plan an expedition to Leningrad.
The trip will be economical - about GBP45 per boy - thanks to donations of tinned foods by manufacturers, and accommodation in Youth Hostels and official camping grounds.
Most of the boys are students of Russian, and the school's Russian master will accompany them. Russian educational authorities have arranged for them to visit schools and universities and to meet Russian students.
The Canterbury boys hope to leave their mark in Russia; the school's distinctive headwear - a straw boater - will be worn on the journey, and the young travellers hope the Russians adopt the style.