Pablo and Ilze on overviewing the mountain view and river in Armenia

Our story together

The meeting

First and obvious, when we met at Riga for the first time. It was the beginning of Summer on 2011 and I had been traveling around Europe for 6 months: backpacking, couchsurfing and hitchhiking.

Before leaving Riga behind me and continuing my travels, I suggested her to join me during her holidays. I had planned the Ukrainian visit on those dates, so having a Russian speaker with me would be a great improvement in my ability to communicate with the locals.

- And, by the way Ilze, you should know that after traveling with me you will quit your job and join me.
- Yes, sure...

One month later we met at Poland, where our joint adventure started.

- Did you get ready your resignation letter?
- Yes, sure...

The adventure

After 2 weeks traveling we had end up in Croatia. The weather has betrayed us in Ukraine, so we just decided to hitchhike for the Sun; going South to the Mediterranean appeared to us as the best idea. That was the moment for saying goodbye: she had to come back to work and I would continue by myself traveling around the Balkans.

We were hitchhiking to Budapest, from where she would take a flight to Riga and I would thumb up to Serbia. But destiny has a different idea, we left late Croatia the evening before the flight, god stucked in the border and lost her flight for a a couple of hours.

- See Ilze, I had been telling you, you have to come with me...
- Yes, sure... I have to go to work!

Two hours later, Ilze checking last minute flights and getting scared of the prices, I volunteered to hitchhike with her to Riga. Her YES, I WANT didn't take long. 48 hours later we were at Riga, where she quit her job and joined me on our travels.

- I told you!


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    • Pablo
      June 21, 2015 @ 10:01

      Sorry Cory, I don’t sell myself and I don’t promote anything I don’t believe in.


  2. Christopher Taylor
    August 27, 2016 @ 18:15

    Do you ever get punctures in your tyres?


    • Pablo
      August 30, 2016 @ 10:07

      We barely get any! The Marathon tyres are awesome! Our first punctures were after 13,000 Km!


  3. Gary
    May 14, 2017 @ 16:46

    3 Euro a day! Please tell me what did the three euro on and how did you manage that?


  4. Xavier
    July 11, 2018 @ 14:36

    Amazing what you do and I find myself completely in your life philosophy.
    I’m Belgian but living for more than 20 years in Ireland. But still cycling all over Europe. No plans, just following the wind and feeling free as a bird.
    Ifor you ever plan to cycle in Eire, please contact me. Free food and accommodation and lots of tips
    Be carefull and enjoy everything. Xavier


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