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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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Mongol Rally – Part 1: Prelude

The Mongol Rally

So this post is a recap on the events leading up to, during and the wrap up of my Mongol Rally Adventure.  (If you haven’t seen it already, check out http://mongolrally.ting-b.com).  Note: Some of you might have got most of this post in an email way back in July…

Basically, in the months leading up to July 2014, Team Raven Shoe, consisting of Gary, Bej and I have been balancing jobs (well, Gary and Bej were working.. :P) and travel with sorting out visas, fundraising for this epic journey and my part, which was sorting out the car and the gear which would take us 1/3 around the world.

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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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24: A day in Seoul

After arriving in Ulan Bator, successfully completing my Mongol Rally, one of the first things which I had to do was to figure out when and how was I going to get the heck out Mongolia!

After a quick search of flight on Adioso and Skyscanner, my best option for the day I wanted to fly out was to fly Korean Air to London via Seoul.

Initially, the ‘best’ flight selected for me had a 6 hour stop over in Seoul.  At first, I thought it was a great idea as 6 hours would give me enough time to head into the city for lunch for example, then head back.  However, upon checking the times, I saw that I was arriving in Seoul at around 3:55am and departing to London at 10:00am; not really the best time of day…

Researching a few more flights, I noticed that Turkish Airlines flew from Seoul to London at 11:50pm.  Even though I split my flights between two different airlines, the cost penalty was only 45 Pounds over booking the Korean Air-only option.  By doing this, I could effectively have a whole day to spend exploring Seoul.

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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

Stockholm Syndrome

Continuing my trip through Scandinavia, my next stop was Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.  Best known for things like meatballs, Ikea, Ikea and their meatballs (yes, I’m talking to all you folks who go to Rockdale just to eat their meatballs!) I actually planned to visit Stockholm back in December to meet up with two friends from Australia who registered for the annual Stockholm Marathon at the end of May.  Whilst I was initially considering registering for the marathon as well, I pulled out as I didn’t have to will to train for it! Continue reading Stockholm Syndrome