Crossing the Bosphorus

Istanbul, 12.08.2019 In the past three months I had crossed the borders of Europe and Asia repeatedly. In the Urals and the Caucasus I criss-crossed from one side to the other. From Çanakkale to the Gallipoli peninsula it was a short 30 mins crossing over the Dardanelles on the car ferry, avoiding the big cargo …

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Mediterranean

Çanakkale, 10.08.2019 It's home, the sea, the wind and the heat of the Mediterranean. And it's very much defined by what I know from the northern stretch between the Aegean and the pillars of Hercules. Looking at the map this is just about a third of the total coastline of the actual Mediterranean sea. The …

Borderlands

Mersin, 05.08.2019 14 real border crossings after leaving Barcelona 11 weeks ago, there were two more to go. I expected these to be of the easier sort. Reaching the Georgian border post, in 10 minutes and a short conversation later I was done. It only took so "long" because the officer saw that I had …

Wining and dining

Cildir, 02.08.2019 One of the oldest know wine producing regions in the world is in Georgia, dating back to over 8000 years ago. I knew little about Georgian wine beyond the heavy Saperavi red wines that can be found in Georgian restaurants abroad and a short culinary discovery in 2013 while passing through the country. …

The Caucasus

Ikalto, 30.07.2019 The Caucasus mountains divide Europe from Asia between the Black and Caspian seas. Driving back I wanted to check out the mountain range. Unfortunately manmade borders and political issues put up a few restrictions. There is only one border between Russia and Georgia open at the moment, as the two countries are in …

Over the Caspian Sea

Baku, 27.07.2019 In the "posh hotel" the ladies at the reception were very helpful to try to find out about the next ferry to sail. In the end, the info on Caravanistan this time proved to be accurate, incl. the contact to Ilgar, the gentleman that arranges the ferry crossings in Aktau. Once we connected …

Get out

Aktau, 23.07.2019 Ants woke me up in the morning, running over my arms and legs looking for breakfast. After convincing them they were in the wrong spot, I went for breakfast myself. On the way I went to check on the car, now in full daylight, to assess the damage of the last night. The …