Thumbs up: hitching cross country

Bags on our backs and sign in hand, we stood precariously at the edge of the ferocious highway, cars zooming past us. .Chris: “Stick out your thumb” Clau: “No way, that’s so embarrassing” Chris: “And how do you plan to hitchhike?” And so it went. Chris waving down cars, while I stood behind him trying…

The glitzy and ghastly sea city of Batumi

Look it up in a guidebook and the coastal city of Batumi screams neon lights, soviet party central, casinos and strip clubs. Yikes. The sound of it would make me run 10 miles. But our need to apply for visas was greater than our search for picturesque town, and after a week hiking in the…

Surviving a 4 day walk from Mestia to Ushguli

I’m the kind of person who likes to talk a lot about doing things, rather than actually doing them. I preach about hiking and how wholesome it is, yet every time I’m on a walk, I ask myself why I’m torturing myself. The mountainous region of Svaneti is a hikers paradise, with plenty of trails…

Testing my limits in the Svaneti mountains

I had read that Georgia’s key highlight included the region of Mestia, however I had skimmed over it thinking it was hard to get to, and not exactly on route. Not too sure how I then found myself on a 7 hour ride in a Mashuktra (small, old local buses that cost about £0.30) towards…

Sighnaghi, Georgia’s (in)famous wine region

After a solid week in Tbilisi, mostly spent nursing a cold and trying not to go stir-crazy in the hostel, we finally made it out of the city, and headed east. It only took us about 4 hours to get onto the road (I blame this on too many coffee breaks, and also, er, taking…

The adventure begins – hello Georgia

Hello Kutaisi, Georgia After some sad goodbyes to my folks who had flown all the way to Edinburgh to see me off to Georgia, Chris and I embarked on the Edinburgh overnight bus to London, spent a whole day in Luton (eugh!) and got on a 5.5 hour flight to Kutaisi, Georgia. Least to say…

Šmarna Gora

An adventure in winter wonderland I know. How cool does the name sound. We decided to visit Šmarna Gora, also known as Mt St Mary, since we were told it was a popular hiker’s destination and also the highest hill in the city, with a baroque church perched on the top. What we didn’t know,…

Stage 2 – Drymen to Rowardennan

Climbing that goddamn mountain When it comes to math, arithmetic has always been my thing. When it comes to distances, kilometres and miles, I’m a hopeless case. Tell me something is 1 km away and I’ll just think you said something in Russian. Anywho, so when I glanced at Day 2, which said it was…

Stage 1 – Milngavie to Drymen

Welcome to The Shire Day 1 of the West Highland Way is all about warming up the muscles. It’s really just a stroll through the countryside, nothing strenuous about it. It gives you that feeling of ‘I can do this, it’s easy!’ The excitement had me up since 5am, but I tried to keep still…

The West Highland Way Series

‘Tis the season of Spring in Scotland Get out your midgie spray, Barbour jackets and umbrellas, for temperatures have risen from the minuses to the plus figures, the meadow blossoms are out and the locals are coming out of their Netflix hibernation. It’s that time of year where hundreds flock to Scotland to walk the…