Ever since she was a baby, she would travel with her parents and her sisters all around Turkey. She grew up in Ankara, reinforcing her passion for travelling during her childhood by devouring Jules Verne’s novels that had been given to her for birthdays, such as “Five weeks in a balloon”, “Around the world in 80 days” or “Michel Strogoff”. She would have fun drawing her heroes’ routes in her parents’ atlas; according to her, it was a way to travel.
At the Gazi university where she has studied, book travels were no longer enough for her. She then found a new passion in rock climbing and alpinism, and organized school trips all over Turkey to discover her country and climb its highest peaks. Then she needed to see something else, preferably abroad, beyond her country’s borders. For two years she would spend her summer vacations in the USA, working and saving enough money to be able to travel along the east coast. After meeting Nicolas, she learnt that she shared her love for her country with him … and not only for the country. After many weekends and vacations backpacking all around Turkey and Georgia, the idea of living a nomadic life as a lifestyle has come up through the “Frogs On Wheels” project. She finally thought that finally, after meeting lots of bike travellers, “why not us”…
Nicolas caught the travel bug on his first trip out of France, visiting Tahiti, where some of his relatives used to live. So far, this passion has not left him. He dreams of being a pilot and leaving to Australia with his diploma under his belt. He travels a bit during his university days but enjoys several trips to Spain, England and Greece. Then he leaves France to travel for eighteen months in Canada and the USA through a work-holiday visa. He blends volunteering, odd jobs and a six-month road trip in a van all over North America. Once back, he finds a one-year position in Turkey where he will finally stay for nearly three years after he meets Gökben. After having travelled through Turkey, Hungary and Georgia, they both decide to think on a big scale, especially after hosting many bike travellers who stop by Ankara. For them also, the future will mean travelling by bike along the roads of the whole world.
As you may already know from our website, Frogs On Wheels are a Turkish-French couple who have been travelling the world on two AZUB recumbent bikes for some time now. Gökben, who comes from Turkey, rides an AZUB Six. Her French boyfriend Nico travels on AZUB Max. We have received a message from the Frogs recently with interesting insights into their Lao experience. Moreover, attached to the letter came some stunning pictures that we want to share with you.
Gökben and Nico are on their journey for over 400 days now. Currently in Uzbekistan. Here is their rough summary of first half of 2015 and also photos from Georgia and Armenia. Follow the expedition on Facebook or their web. [gallery link="file" size="full"...