2012, the best year yet. :)

2012 was an amazing year for me. I made a plan at the start of the year to get a job and save up enough to leave the country by May and travel for the rest of the year.  Travel is an incredible experience. I met so many amazing people on my trip that changed…

Last day in Turkey, in a hotel on the sea

It was a long and boring bus trip down from Canakkale to the seaside town of Dikili. There was a brief exciting moment where we stopped at a roadside diner and I tried to order an omlette and some yoghurt. The omlette was easy, but in Turkey, yoghurt is pronounced “yooort”! We were aiming for Ayvalik,…

Christmas at Anzac Cove

Right now I’m sitting on a bus heading for Ayvalik, our last stop in Turkey. Tonight or tomorrow we jump on a ship bound for Greece. It’s the day after Christmas, and I couldn’t have guessed when I left on my trip that I’d be spending Christmas Day at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli. What an…

We are masters of missing the train

The bus from Avanos dropped us back at the Kayseri bus terminal at 5pm. According to the touts who pounced on us as soon as we arrived, there was a train heading from Kayseri to Ankara at 6pm. We had 6km to get to the train station, and 60 minutes to do it. The race…

Kayseri and Cappadocia

The couchsurfing idea in Tatvan didn’t work out, but we found we could spend the night at the train station in the waiting room. Not a problem for tough, independent (and poor) travelers like us. The only problem was that we arrived at the train station at 3pm, and our train wasn’t to leave until…

Dogubeyazit, Van, and Tatvan

It’s COLD!! After our near-death experience at the border, I was thinking that things couldn’t get much worse. But being raised in a country where it’s the middle of summer at Christmas time, and it never snows, I was bitterly unprepared for the might of winter in Turkey. I’m sure this is what everyone thinks of…

The EPIC three day tour of Iran!

It started off so well…..After my small scare at the Indian check-in counter, the guy happily printed out my two boarding passes – from India to UAE, then UAE to Iran. I was seated in seat 1D for both flights, the very front row. This was going to be awesome – first class service all…

How to sneak into Iran

I applied for my Iranian visa when I first arrived in Delhi, on November 21. The embassy in Delhi told me to get an authorisation code from iranianvisa.com, which would be sent to the embassy, and then I’d just need to bring my passport in for the stamp. A very frustrating and drawn-out experience with…

Delhi takes me down, and Iran probably deports me

I’ve been in India for almost four months now, and I’ve eaten meat the whole time, drank the local water in Goa, and not been sick once. I finally arrived in Delhi, and one accidental sip of the tap water has taken me out for over a week. Those of you who love the graphic…

How to be a celebrity in India

Traveling in India is an amazing experience, but after a few months it’s starting to get a bit repetitive. Everywhere you go, on a train, on a bus, or just walking down the street, you will be asked these questions from everyone you meet: Where are you from? How long in India? First time or…