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  • #13 Hitchhiking across China

    Although I tend to avoid flying as much as I can, I must say the flight from Kathmandu to Chengdu is absolutely breath-taking. The aircraft takes to the skies and soon Kathmandu is nothing more than a small dot in the distance, and my time in Nepal is abruptly reduced to a delightful yet mere…

  • #12 Three months in Nepal

    First steps in the country  Crossing the border from India is ridiculously easy. I am delighted to be stepping into a new country that promises to be fascinating and full of breath-taking natural wonders. Coming from the often-frantic atmosphere prevalent in India, I can’t wait to enjoy a more peaceful environment for some time. My…

  • #11 Exploring India

    « You can’t do that, you know the rules » the voice of the bus driver resonates through the outside speaker in a dystopian echo akin to 1984. My failed attempt at boarding a bus while it stopped at the traffic light and not at a proper station sums up my short stop in the United Arab…

  • #10 Couchsurfing in Iran

    Exploring Iran through hitchhiking and Couchsurfing After a quick crossing of Armenia from Yerevan, it’s time to discover a fascinating middle-eastern country that tends to generate more wariness than curiosity in the West as the media hardly ever mention it for anything else than the advances of the nuclear deal. I can’t wait to delve…

  • #8 First stop in the Caucasus: Georgia

    It turns out to be quite tricky to get out of Turkey. I have been travelling with only my national ID card since my passport got stolen in Slovenia and I was not given a stamp upon entering the country, however the border officer should have given me one on a separate piece of paper.…

  • #7 Turkey part two

    I’m surprised to learn that the festival near the Marmara Sea is called Otostop Festivali, an amusing hint at my favorite mode of transport. Myself and some friends I met in Istanbul are working at a food and drink stall. Our best seller is the famous çay, the Turkish national drink that locals sip tirelessly…

  • #5 Last stop in Europe: Bulgaria

    After a week in Belgrade, it’s time to head towards Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. The hardest thing about hitchhiking is always getting out of large cities. Once you’re on the highway, most cars cover long distances and it’s fairly easy to get a ride for a few hundred kilometres. Leaving Belgrade is no exception to…

  • #4 Belgrade

    I’m glad I’ve made it from Ljubljana to Belgrade in just one day so I decide to stop for a week to explore the capital of Serbia. I’m staying at the first hostel of my trip and it is nice to enjoy its young, international and festive atmosphere. Beograd is fascinating with regards to language,…

  • #3 Slovenian mishap and quick journey through Croatia

    Garda Lake – Ljubljana I resume my journey without difficulty. An Italian couple first takes me to Venice, then Peter and his daughter Lila are driving to Hungary and agree to drop me off at a gas station a few kilometres before Ljubljana. There, I find a last ride to reach the capital. It may…

  • #2 Crossing Italy

    Aix-en-Provence – Genoa It’s time to hit the road towards Italy. As I have no direct access to a gas station, I make my way out of the city with a sign saying “NICE”. I’m not planning to make a stop there but it’s the next significant city on my route. A black car soon…

  • #1 I’m off: journey through France

    Nantes – Aix-en-Provence On this rainy morning of July 10, 2017, I’m heading off for my trip hitchhiking around Europe and Asia. After moving goodbyes, my dad drops me off at a gas station on the highway to Bordeaux. I had feared this moment: “Bye Dad, see you next year!” “Be careful on the road!…”…