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