Category Archive: Stories by theme

Hitchhiking with hijab (Iran)

If anybody looks through some photos of this travel it will be automatically apparent to her that I love scarves. The one item that will never be missing from my backpack is a… Continue reading

Top 10 things not to miss in Asia

In three days time we will celebrate twenty months on the road, on a journey across Asia without a date of return (yet). And feeling overly empowered by the experience, we have decided… Continue reading

Teatime in Yunnan: Puer, more than Chinese tea

Sightly annoyed, tired, dirty and ultimately lonely we walk out of town. From the last underground station, the city extends further, and we cross empty neighbourhoods, bridges and roads. Blindly, guided only by… Continue reading

The palace under the rock (Bayin Nyi Cave – Myanmar)

Nobody really knows how we got there, how many turns we took, how many miles we drove until reaching the path guarded by the golden dragons. It must have been sometime in between… Continue reading

VeoVeo: When the Year Ends

It’s common sense – says Marta – the year ends in autumn and starts again in March. And in between? In between is hibernation, or change, or centrifugal force carrying one through the… Continue reading

One postcard, one day of travel

An invention to finance our way to India. Every handmade postcard takes us one day further in this travel.

DIY Travels – Postcards from Neverland

Camping in Pai (Thailand) we started to draw for hours under the tropical rain. And made up a little guide for you to draw your own postcards too.

#The Art of Thumb – the best hitchhiking signs

If you are one of those who hitchhikes just with a thumb, letting the road take you wherever it wants, here is a dose of inspiration to change your mind and maybe make your… Continue reading

# The Art of Thumb – hitchhiking signs competition

Hitchhiking signs are not our strongest point. Spare a few unrelated occasions, we prefer to stand around with thumbs up and go where the traffic takes us (most of the times if that… Continue reading

Travels with 3 Euros a day?

In October 2013 we left home with a little cash and a long road ahead . Our aim was (and still is) to reach India over land or sea. As conscious hitchhikers and travelling… Continue reading

The giants of Skazka Canyon (Kyrgyzstan)

Once upon a time, just like now, Issyk Kul was a piece of heaven on Earth. In spring the wind would carry the song of a citar and an invisible brush would freely paint strokes of green and blossom white

9 months and we are born into the travel

Visible crow’s-feet stick out from a reflection in the mirror. And I count one silver thread for each car we drive on. Above thirty the passing of time makes itself present in one’s… Continue reading

Teatime stories – A train across the steppe

Rosa’s daydreams fly out of the window as she travels contemplating the colours of the steppe. The semi-desert thirsty shrubs give place to green pastures, to creeks and tiny lakes with a crown… Continue reading

Of humans, animals and god (Kazakhstan)

It’s only a day since we left the Aral sea behind – a small, blue, shrinking dot on the Earth’s surface that has loomed disproportionately huge in our minds and the dream of… Continue reading

Community dreams (Tbilisi)

It must have been Cortázar who convinced me that dreams have everything to do with fuzz. They crawl at night underneath your bed, and while you are busy dreaming something else, hide in a… Continue reading

A surreal exit (Erzurum – Batumi – Tbilisi)

The curtain raises.  The transparent moon that impatiently plunges in the sky long before sunset grins in the background over saw-toothed mountains, while we energetically thumb up in the icebound outskirts of Erzurum.… Continue reading

Bilka, the herald of the forest

Elusive and secretive, light as autumn haze and quick as a mountain creek, wild beasts shuttle through the barren landscapes beyond the limits of man’s formicaries. Invoked by fairy-tales and cave drawings, dancing… Continue reading

Hitchhiking detours (Belgium)

Hitchhiking detours (I) Belgium

One would think that crossing from the UK to France is pretty easy when already on the ferry boat. But hitchhiking is a misterious enterprise, that can take you off the road when least expected. Who would have thought that the first petrol station to drop uo off after the Cale’s port is in the next country?
That’s how we got to spend the night on the Belgian seaside dunes.

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    This is mainly about our Mission Asia - a travel from Bulgaria to the East with no deadline but the aim of reaching India overland, no matter the labyrinth of borders we need to draw. On the way we will be blogging thoughs, routes and encounters.