Getting to Ethiopia

​Not having the funds for a direct flight from London to Addis Ababa I instead flew from Heathrow to Frankfurt where I found a row of chairs to sleep the night on. After a salmon and egg baguette and a coffee for breakfast at 0600 I waited at the gate for my 1000 flight. This … Continue reading Getting to Ethiopia

Kyrgyzstan hospitality

(This post wasnt published due to poor wifi, it fits in sequencially between 'Visa fun' and 'Bishkek to the border') ​I gave myself a lie in until 0800 and then walked a few blocks to one of the main roads to catch a bus which would take me to the long distance bus terminal. I … Continue reading Kyrgyzstan hospitality

Ukrainian layover

​I caught train from Central London to Heathrow and briefly enjoyed an empty departures lounge (our flight was the second last of the day) before boarding and the wheels were up by 2310. I managed to go to sleep but the flight was only 3 hours so I was awake about an hour after falling … Continue reading Ukrainian layover

Nuweiba to Cairo

​Having arrived in Newiba just after 0100 (Egyptian time) we (the 8 tourists) were escorted off the ferry first albeit without our passports we were then walked across to the arrivals terminal, shepherded through security to the visa desk. Unfortunately Emily and I had taken the word of a Jordanian travel rep who said we … Continue reading Nuweiba to Cairo

Crossing into the Sinai

​I had a sleepless night as I frequently had to dash from my bed to be sick outside, I wasn't the only one who was suffering as I overheard someone else throwing up in the early hours, clearly a few pieces of chicken weren't properly cooked.  Breakfast was served from 0600 but not feeling like … Continue reading Crossing into the Sinai

Travelling to Amman

Our flight left at 0315 this morning, thankfully we left plenty of time as we had a full search of our taxi on arrival at the airport and then had to go through a full security check before checking in. The check in however was straight forward and we bought a drink with the last … Continue reading Travelling to Amman

Travelling to Iraq

​A few months ago my sister asked me what my next travel plans were.  When she found out I wanted to come to Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan and Egypt she excitedly asked to join. We flew to Erbil from London Stanstead via Madrid and Istanbul.  We landed a little after 0100, after about 20 hours of … Continue reading Travelling to Iraq

3 countries, 2 border crossings and 1 very long day

We got up early knowing we had a long day ahead of us as we needed to travel from Banjul in Gambia back through Senegal, which surrounds Gambia and then onto Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau. We flagged down a minibus, the main form of transport for locals (some who weren't too impressed with pour … Continue reading 3 countries, 2 border crossings and 1 very long day

A change of pace

A short walk from our hostel was a patisserie where we got a selection of croissants and danish swirls for breakfast before jumping into a taxi to the bus station. When we got to where it was meant to be it was shut and had been for two years, not the first time the most … Continue reading A change of pace

Haggling, hustling, hampering

We made our way, via taxi, to the bus 'terminal' for transport to the Mauritanian/Senegalese border. After paying and waiting for about 45 minutes we set off in a rather cramp minibus on a 6 hour journey through the desert/countryside. The two of us were in the front seats so had great views of the … Continue reading Haggling, hustling, hampering