Tag Archives: 2014

Mongol Rally – Part 2: UK to Turkey

Part 2 of my Mongol Rally covers Team Raven Shoe’s escape from the United Kingdom, all the way through Europe to Turkey- the first 7 days of our journey.

Every day, I kept a short log of the major events which happened, hoping that along with my photos, I would be able to remember and piece together the many experiences we had…  Anyway, from now on, posts will be a ‘day-by-day’ account of our Rally.  Enjoy!

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The Swiss Alps

Overview

What do you after you’ve just driven 1/3 around the world in a 1.0L, 3 door hatchback, followed by a 24hr, sleep deprived adventure in Seoul?

You sleep.

Then three days later, you hop on a plane for some R&R in Switzerland! If it was good enough for allied and axis officers during World War 2, it’s good enough me in this modern day in age…

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The Transylvanian Alps

Overview

Back in April, I received a Facebook message from an old colleague from Bendigo who is now living and working in Bristol, asking if I wanted to go hiking in Romania in June.  Looking at my travel schedule, June was good for me so it was all good to go!

Anyway, after a few messages back and forth, we decided to go for the Făgăraș Mountains also known as the Transylvanian Alps and specifically, up Moldoveanu, the tallest peak in Romania.

Fast forward to May and we hadn’t really planned the details but we figured that we would just decide when we get there.  Therefore we booked our flights in and out of Romania, bought our maps of the region and set off!

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Capital of Culture: Riga

Background

My next stop after Stockholm was actually to go straight to Bucharest, to meet up with an old colleague from Bendigo now working in the UK to go hiking in the Făgăraș Mountains.  When checking flights from Stockholm to Bucharest, I noticed that many of them required a changeover in Riga, Latvia.  I’ll admit that at this stage, apart from knowing of a country called Latvia, my only recollection of the country was from Jeremy Clarkson’s repeated use of the country as an adjective in one of his Clarkson-esque jokes, such as during his race to Monte Carlo against a train in an Aston Martin DB9… Continue reading Capital of Culture: Riga

Choosing a laptop daypack

So I’m heading back to uni this October to start my Masters (shock horror!)  Two things I had to retire after finishing up my Bachelor’s was my Oakley Flak Pack (Version 1) daypack and my laptop which died 2 months after my last exam.  (Perhaps my 300000+ word honours thesis tired it out…. ) I’ve since bought a new laptop (well, it was new in 2011…. though with a quad core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 256Gb SSD, it still runs quick) so the search is now on before I head back to school to find a bag to carry it around in… Continue reading Choosing a laptop daypack

The 7 Mountains Hike

Prologue

Surrounding Bergen are a number of mountains, each accessible via clearly marked and maintained hiking trails.  Every year in May, the local Trekking Association (Bergen od Hordaland Turlag) holds the 7 or 4 Mountains Hike, a day hike where around 8000 participants walk up Lyderhorn, Damsgårdsfjellet, Løvstakken, Ulriken, Fløyen, Rundemannen and Sandviksfjellet – the seven main mountains around Bergen.  It involves covering a distance of around 35km, with 2300m of vertical ascent and descent.

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