Day 8: Barreling towards Baku, Azerbaijan

It’s safe to say that Azerbaijan and I have gotten off on the wrong foot. After getting ‘fined’ 100 USD the night before for ‘speeding’, we had checked into a hotel room that stank of stale cigarette smoke and crashed into bed.

Day 7: Getting to Ganja, Azerbaijan

We woke up from a deep sleep and discovered life around us at the beach camp on the Georgian coast of the Black Sea. There were workers putting up a new fence, the family keeping the grounds eating breakfast and cows frolicking on the beach. I’d say they were grazing on the beach, but there wasn’t…

Day 6: Baffled in Batumi

It was one of those mornings that I didn’t want to get up, but the temperature in the car had started to climb. I had no choice but to throw off my sleeping bag and sit up. The sun was blazing through the sunroof which we had left open, and I decided to poke my…

Day 5: Under the stars in Ünye

By day 5, we were making good progress. We drove 846 km in 9 hours, switching driving duties every two hours and stopping for an hour long lunch break. We wanted to leave Istanbul early but couldn’t start driving any earlier than 10am. I generally need some sort of breakfast to start the day off….

Day 4: Istanbul in a hurry

It was hard work dragging ourselves out of bed that morning, but we were determined to get to Istanbul by the end of day. So after a solid night of sleep and a strong shot of coffee on the house, we headed out to drop Mikaela off in Sofia and catch up with a friend…

Day 3: Next stop Niš

After dropping Samuel the Scientist off at the train station, we weaved through rush hour traffic and made attempts to leave the city. A little outside of Prague, we found a gas station to buy breakfast, set our tired brains straight and recalibrate our driving schedule for the day. The aim was to get to…

Day 2: Partying it up in Prague

We got up the next day bright and early in order to head to the Kazakh Embassy to reclaim my passport, with or without the promised visa. Having arrived early, we positioned ourselves in front of the gate to be the first ones in once they opened. Sure enough, we were the first ones beelining…

Day 1: Half way across

Deciding to do the Mongol Rally is easy. Doing the Mongol Rally is easy too. What comes in between is the hard part. We had been discussing since June 2014 that we wanted to drive 15,000 km in a crappy car to Mongolia. We fostered a healthy dose of skepticism about whether or not we…

Romania

A journey through the land of Count Dracula and Transylvania

On the road: Zagreb to Ljubljana

The following morning, I woke up feeling under the weather. As a result, we were delayed by a few hours as I struggled to collect my wits and not let anything get in the way of getting to our next destination: the Karst region in Slovenia. I think it’s safe to assert that this whole…

On the road: Plitvice National Park to Zagreb

Our wonderful stay at the farmhouse was followed by a rather hot but short drive to Zagreb. Once we arrived in the city, we checked into the snappy looking Hostel Shappy for the night. While it’s a good hostel, the rooms were misleadingly small. But then again, who hangs out in their rooms at hostels? To…

On the road: Dubrovnik to Plitvice National Park

Plitvice National Park is one of the earliest natural sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage register. This was to be our next stop after Dubrovnik. We started early in the morning to cover around 500 km of driving, and made it in 6 hours with a few coffee stops in between. The fun thing…