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…

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…

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…

The Big Trip to Georgia

The Planning Stage Its two months to go exactly, and head to Georgia. Two months until I uproot the place I’ve called home for the last six years, pack my life into boxes, and set off to see the world with my backpack. GULP. Every time I tell someone I’m going travelling I get asked…