Skopje, Macedoia

Stone Giants Under Flapping Suns

7-9th August, 2013 “Guess what I’ve goooot!” H’s voice sounds too close and too far away, all at the same time. “Guess what I’ve got? I got it!” “Oh my god, are you serious?” I’m walking down an endless road in the blazing sun, somewhere in Macedonia. H is 2,600km away in Yerevan, and he…

Soggy Hippies in Armenia

Peace in the Middle-East Rainbow Gathering, Armenia, July, 2013 The 2013 Peace in the Middle-East Rainbow Gathering is being held in Armenia. The timing is perfect. I get a ride from Yerevan with some Rainbow folk. We drive out of the city and head north, past a crispy clear Lake Sevan, and into Dilijan, the…

Drunk on the Ceiling of Europe

Ushguli and Mestia, 23rd-25th  October, 2012 Hitchhiking the pot-holed, tire-mown dirt-track to the “highest village in Europe” – or so it proclaims itself – was quite some adventure. Ushguli sits atop a 2,200m high plateau, (or at least 2,000m, depending on your sources), in a remote part of the Svaneti region in the North-West of Georgia. The…