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…

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…

Edinburgh local hangouts

Edinburgh local hangouts Sweat. People. Bodies pressed up against you. Rain. Sun. Rain again. Puddles. Wet feet. Rain. Sun. More crowds. No, we’re not talking about New Delhi, we’re talking about Edinburgh during the festival. The Fringe Festival – the biggest Art’s festival in the world –attracts millions of people every year, and for just…

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…