Today the Rally finally started for us – it was the night of the famous Czechout party in Prague! This is where all Mongol Rally teams meet, after most have launched in Goodwood, London, and some (like us) in other places.
So, this is the last day before the adventure starts! We launch tomorrow morning, heading to the Czechout party in Prague. The mission for today was to get the notarised authorisation so that we all can drive the car. Zsolt and myself got up at 7 and hit the town to sort this out. It turned out to be a huge task.
Continue reading “Day 0, Budapest: Notary paperwork”
Finally, our team has now assembled in Budapest, Hungary. We are all here now and have two days left for some last preparations before we head off to Prague. Here’s our first ever team photo:
So what’s up with that team name? Who or what is the BEAR?
A while ago someone told us that in the parts of the world we will be going through, bear attacks are a thing. We were quite concerned about this from the very start of our Mongol Rally preparations. To the point that the whole bear thing became some kind of weird running joke. Apparently, if you are in a forest somewhere in Russia and you don’t store all your food and rubbish in a hermetically sealed container, the bears will smell it from miles away and come to raid your camp. Continue reading “The Bears.”
From the previous post you should have an idea which countries we will be driving through. Now, those are not exactly your average Western travel destinations. Can you grab your passport, get in the car, and just go there? Continue reading “The Visas.”
here is our route – or at least the route we are planning to take:
So, what is all this then?
We are Team unBEARable – Eslie, Zsolt, and Timur. Two dudes from Hungary and one half-Russian/half-German guy. We are still working on the official team photo. In the meantime, please find some mugshots below.
We are one of the teams on the Mongol Rally 2017. This means we will be driving 10.000 miles through a lot of countries called ‘stan, all the way to Mongolia. We will attempt this crazy trip in a tiny 1993 Suzuki Swift with an even tinier 1.0L engine that we bought for a few bucks from a Hungarian scrapyard – to raise money for saving the planet. Continue reading “The Mission.”