Seriously though, where does the time go? Looking back over the blogs, it’s pretty much been a year since we started planning ‘Kathmandu-it’. I remember sitting in my kitchen, with tea and biscuits going over countless ideas with Henry; routes, kit, sponsors.. In that moment you don’t really think as to what it’s going to be like when you’re actually doing it.. I was so naive as to what the expedition was going to do to me, I think Henry was too. Mentally, we’re as used to it as we can be, physically, it’s as tough as ever. We tend to do 2/3 week stints before a proper rest, no matter how fit, how strong or how tough you are, this routine is going to cause problems in some shape or form, mainly in the form of aching bones.
Since the last blog, we have seen and experienced so much, straight after writing that blog, we set off into the mountains, which if you’ve been watching our blogs you’ll know was a pretty horrific few days, although we did make a few friends, Pablo and a crazy shepheard…
We ventured through Bulgaria, which was eye opening in many respects, from poverty to holiday destinations it was a place of many contrasts. We’ve continued to sleep in strange places, meet new faces and live receive incredible generosity, too many for me too reel off on here.
And where are we now? We find ourselves on the Black Sea, Turkey. We’ve passed through Istanbul, which was probably one of the most beautiful and vibrant places I’ve ever been too. From the Grand Bazaar to the Hagia Sophia, it’s somewhere which I could go back to over and over again. Whilst in Istanbul we had to invest in new boots, which, to say the least have been causing issues… Blisters galore! Both of us have also been hit with some pretty grim sickness, violent you might say..
It’s been a while since we haven’t had a day of walking, on Friday we’re looking forward to three days off at a hotel in the beautiful town of Amasra, sun, sea and a whole lot old of sleeping!
Although, we’re tired, smelly and aching there is one thing that keeps us going, the hospitality and generosity of people. We’ve especially noticed the Turkish hospitality and friendliness, walking along the street, we’re always being offered tea, coffee or people just stopping us to ask our names and where are from..It tends to lead to a lot of miming though, our Turkish is not good…
Right, we have to go and walk! Another 50 odd kilometres and we’all be at our hotel for a nice long rest and maybe a beer… Remember, keep checking out our Facebook Kathmandu-it where you can see vlogs, pictures and updates! More importantly, please donate! http://www.annieschallenge.org