On the road

  1. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN (AND BEYOND) • (7682km) Esfahan - Yazd

    Date 27 Jun 2016
    My Couchsurfing host gave me a lift to a gas station in the beginning of the highway. He also hitched my first ride for me - before driving off, Essi spoke to a family at the station that was going almost all the way to Yazd and convinced them to take…

  2. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN (AND BEYOND) • (7381km) Tehran - Esfahan

    Date 10 Jun 2016
    After a surprisingly relaxing few days in a sleepy holiday-time Tehran, it was time to continue my journey further. Tallinn to Tehran had sounded like a nice title for a story, but obviously I wasn’t going to stop there. I set myself a new finish line - the Persian Gulf…

  3. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (6971km) Tabriz - Fuman - Masuleh - Tehran

    Date 09 Jun 2016
    Because of the Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebrations my Couchsurfing hosts were on a Holiday and had time to do some travelling with me. On the next day since my arrival in Tabriz we drove together to a village called Kandovan about 55 kilometres from Tabriz. It was an interesting place…

  4. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (6134km) Doğubayazıt - Tabriz

    Date 06 Jun 2016
    The snowstorm was over the next morning and the slushy streets of the small border town made my socks wet in no time. My shoes had fallen apart after too much walking and were no longer waterproof. I was happy about the clear weather though as I could finally see Ararat mountain…

  5. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (5580km) Erzurum - Doğubayazıt

    Date 01 May 2016
    I was on my way back to the highway when a police car stopped next to me on the street and 4 serious looking policemen came out. They told me to open my bags on the side of the road and went trough all my stuff. My guitar seemed to…

  6. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (5304km) Sinop - Amasya - Erzurum

    Date 17 Apr 2016
    Seaside lunch A boat on the shore Sinop turned out to be a pretty seaside town. Allthough I do have to say that the place looks a lot warmer in the photos than it was in reality. The weather was sunny but the wind extremely cold. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my stay there. Even…

  7. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (4742km) Safranbolu - Amasra - Sinop

    Date 19 Mar 2016
    I had arrived in Safranbolu when it was already dark, so I only got to properly see it the next Morning. The weather wasn’t optimal for a walk outside as it was raining. Despite the rain, Safranbolu was a very beautiful town - no wonder why it was a Unesco…

  8. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (4329km) Istanbul - Safranbolu

    Date 15 Mar 2016
    I had read from Hitchwiki that to hitchhike out of Istanbul, it was not necessary to get to the outskirts of the city first. I didn’t remember ever trying to hitchhike inside a big city before, but decided to give it a try after I found out there was apparently a…

  9. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (3901km) Plovdiv - Istanbul

    Date 14 Mar 2016
    My Couchsurfing host had to leave for work aroun 8:30 in the Morning, so I got a good excuse for an early start too. He lived almost at the end of the town too, what made my hitchhiking simple. I could have walked the six kilometres to the highway but instead I…

  10. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (3498km) Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv

    Date 08 Mar 2016
    My friends who I was staying with in Veliko Tarnovo lived just a couple of kilometres from a good hitchhiking spot to Plovdiv. I only took off around noon, because I was not in a hurry. My couchsurfing host in Plovdiv was working during the day and we had agreed to…

  11. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (3284km) Bucharest - Veliko Tarnovo

    Date 08 Mar 2016
    After a good night sleep for a change I managed to get up, pack and leave quite early on Sunday Morning. I took a city bus as close to the ringroad as I could, but still had to walk more than three kilometres to get to the beginning of the…

  12. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (3116km) Brașov - Bucharest

    Date 06 Mar 2016
    I was going to hitchhike to Bucharest on Friday, but first it was time for a little detour to Bran, which was famous for it’s castle. Read more about the place at www.bran-castle.com. I took a city bus to the western end of Brasov, walked for 2 kilometres to get…

  13. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (2922km) Iași - Brașov

    Date 05 Mar 2016
    It was so warm on Wednesday I had my morning coffee outside in the terrace. Around 10 o’clock I took a bus to a shopping centre at the edge of the city that was a supposedly a good place to hitchhike according to Hitchwiki. I walked past the roundabout and put my…

  14. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (2592km) Chișinău - Iași

    Date 03 Mar 2016
    I tried to leave Chisinau early, but the few glasses of some lovely Moldovan wine the night before made my Morning after a bit slow. There were two border crossings with Romania I was considering - in the end I decided to go with the northern one that would take me…

  15. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (2448km) Odessa - Tiraspol - Chișinău

    Date 29 Feb 2016
    On Friday morning I felt like moving on and I took a city bus back to the ringroad. My plan was to visit Transnistria, a country that no other country in the world has recognised, but that has it’s own money, flag, army etc. It was not a long way to…

  16. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (2281km) Kiev - Uman - Odessa

    Date 27 Feb 2016
    Demonstration at Maidan on Sunday On the second anniversary of the most bloodiest day on Maidan there was a demonstration again on the square. The security around the square was tight as some Russian banks had been attacked. There was a fair amount of people there on Saturday and Sunday and…

  17. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (1813km) Gomel - Kiev

    Date 21 Feb 2016
    Before taking a city bus to the ringroad I met a woman called Katerina at the bus station. She told me she was a painter and liked my dressing style. When I said I was a hitchhiker, she said she also used to hitchhike a lot before having children. I was…

  18. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (1546km) Pinsk - Gomel

    Date 19 Feb 2016
    The same person who had recommended a visit to Pinsk had also told me about a small village close to the town called Kudrichi. It was a very old small village with very old wooden houses in the countryside. Tanya told me that because people didn’t understand why they should preserve those…

  19. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (1194km) Minsk - Pinsk

    Date 19 Feb 2016
    After a wonderful couple of days in the capital Minsk it was Tuesday morning and time to hit the road again. I looked up from the map that I could take the metro all the way up to the ringroad and start hitchhiking from there. My next destination was Pinsk, a town in southern Belarus recommended by Tanya…

  20. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (858km) Vilnius - Minsk

    Date 14 Feb 2016
    I had a rather slow morning and left my hostel around ten o’clock. The weather was beautiful - sun was shining from a nearly clear blue sky and instead of taking the city bus I decided to walk the four-ish kilometres to the highway. I got so high from the sun…

  21. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (680km) Jürmala - Kaunas - Vilnius

    Date 14 Feb 2016
    Aleks walked with me to his usual hitchhiking spot in the morning. I was prepared to having to get several lifts just to get to the highway leading to Kaunas as it would be unlikely for someone just happening to drive all the way there. I was going to meet a friend of mine in Kaunas…

  22. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • (307km) Tallinn - Jürmala

    Date 12 Feb 2016
    I had agreed to meet up with another hitchhiker in Riga in the afternoon, so I took off from my hostel just after sunrise. A suburban train took me a few stops south, to the edge of the city, right next to the highway leading to Pärnu and further to…

  23. HITCHHIKING FROM TALLINN TO TEHRAN • Back on the roadside!

    Date 08 Feb 2016
    Winter is here again - and I’m off hitchhiking! Not sure why I’m doing this again at this time of the year, but at least I’m heading south now instead of Siberia. The reasons for hitchhiking are still the same as I haven’t lost my curiosity and my faith in the…

  24. HITCHHIKING FROM MOSCOW TO MAZAR-I-SHARIF • Termiz - Mazar-i-Sharif

    Date 23 Feb 2015
    I had been looking into Afghanistan accross the border on the previous day, while exploring some archaeological sights around Termiz and it had felt very weird. When I woke up on that grey Monday morning I was so nervous my stomach hurt. I really had no idea what to expect…

  25. HITCHHIKING FROM MOSCOW TO MAZAR-I-SHARIF • A 1000km detour in Uzbekistan

    Date 17 Feb 2015
    TERMIZ - SAMARKANDIt was raining all morning and I didn’t feel like going out at all. I was only 100km away from my final destination, Mazar-i-Sharif, and I was tempted to just finish the journey and start thinking of the next adventure. On the other hand, I had spent so…

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