Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek and trekking in Issyk-Kul

Our arrival in Bishkek was rather brutal. After a sleepless night in the glum terminals of Novosibirsk, Russia, our plane landed in the cold and damp capital of Kyrgyzstan at 3am. We were still wearing our light summer clothes after the glorious Armenian weather and spent three hours shivering in the tiny arrivals hall, waiting … More Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek and trekking in Issyk-Kul

Getting an Iranian visa for British citizens

How to obtain an Iranian visa if you are a British/UK national.  To be frank, there are just two things you need: money and patience, for the application process and the Government assigned “tour guide” that will accompany you  throughout your “tailored” tour package. Yes, unfortunately the rules have changed again for British nationals, as … More Getting an Iranian visa for British citizens

Armenian Cabbage Dolma

The food in Armenia was a real treat, especially after the limited variety in Georgia! Armenia’s land is very fertile and the locals take pride in using fresh and local produce. One dish we tasted in various traditional restaurants was the ‘dolma’,  stuffed parcels of meat or/and rice wrapped in cabbage or grape leaves. Similar … More Armenian Cabbage Dolma

Hitchhiking in Armenia

We began our ‘Armenian journey’ in Yerevan, arriving by sleeper train from Tbilisi. We instantly fell in love with this bright and cosmopolitan city, so modern and chic. We were delighted to see a variety of international restaurants, buzzing cafés and beautiful modern sculptures adorning the city centre. The prices, however, were less appealing. Although … More Hitchhiking in Armenia

Georgian Cuisine: Spotlight on Svan salt

‘Svanuri Marili’, also known as Svan salt is a traditional spicy salt blend originating from Svaneti, a mountainous region in the North West Caucasus (read here about our time in Mestia, Svaneti). The most characteristic Georgian flavours are found in Western Georgia, thanks to the fertile soil and climate. In the Svaneti region many aromatic … More Georgian Cuisine: Spotlight on Svan salt

Wwoofing in Georgia

After two wonderful volunteering experiences in Turkey, we were keen to find some volunteering opportunities in Georgia. Staying and working with locals gives a real insight into countries’ or regions’ cultures and is by far the best way to travel if you have the time. We had been travelling for nearly two months and were … More Wwoofing in Georgia

Hiking in Svaneti

We set out to Mestia on a little minibus from Batumi. At the onset we had the bus to ourselves, so Kirsty immediatedly sprawled out across the backseat and fell asleep. Her idea of a nice nap was shattered once the driver got started across the bumpy twisty roads. The state of the roads was … More Hiking in Svaneti