It’s Summer And That Means Hitchhiking

My sentence has been served in Istanbul. No longer shall I be kicked by children or employed to keep a door shut. I’ve been in Istanbul through the start of the protests, until when they turned violent, and then into the eye of the storm. With regard to the protests, I would like to see more of what happens, but the road is calling me and I wish to spend no more time here.

I am hitting the road to head west. After my experiences of hitchhiking last summer, I am doing it again (for a short time). I’ll visit many friends across Europe, sleep out on the beaches of Italy, and maybe even muddle my way to Spain. I don’t really have much of a plan. Except that I have two rules:

Hitchhiking Map Summer 2013

1. Spend as little money as possible.

2. Get to The Eden Project, UK, by 30th June to watch Sigur Rós‎. This excites me more than words can express.

I have no tent, but instead, all my belongings from Turkey including a suit and winter clothing. In short, I’m over laden with inappropriate packing.

What comes next, is a visit to my family before the most ambitious ‘project’ I have ever attempted. It involves a bicycle and a homemade boat. And a whole lot of belief. This adventure excites me even more than Sigur Rós‎. That is.. a.. lot. More on this later.

So happy summer, happy hitchhiking, happy days. Hope to see you on the road somewhere.


By | 2013-12-12T04:05:32+00:00 June 15th, 2013|Stories|6 Comments


  1. Maria Alexandra 19/06/2013 at 02:30 - Reply

    exciting plans ahead! Quite ambitious too, as that’s about 2 weeks to get from one point of the European continent to the other. Can’t wait to see what you discover on the way!

    Take lots of pictures 😉

    -Maria Alexandra

    • Jamie 26/06/2013 at 00:01 - Reply

      Many pictures were taken and I had lots of fun. I’ll be sharing all really soon.

  2. George 15/06/2013 at 15:22 - Reply

    Best of luck. Wish I could be on a cycling, rowing adventure too :p

    • Jamie 26/06/2013 at 00:06 - Reply

      If I make it to Japan, we’ll join forces.

  3. Nat 15/06/2013 at 07:30 - Reply

    looking forward to reading your updates. Istanbul will always be waiting for you to return! One day….

    • Jamie 26/06/2013 at 00:08 - Reply

      I need 5 years to get over my grievances. Then maybe I’ll be back. Çiğ köfte will be waiting for me with open arms. I miss it already.

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