Arriving in Simferopol train station, we hunted around for the best map we could find, caught a ride on reputedly the world's longest trolly-bus route and then got off in the middle of nowhere.
A whirlwind tour of Eastern Europe.
Perhaps rightly so, we were a little apprehensive of passing through Kosovo on our journey from London to Istanbul. In fact, given recent unrest in the Northern area around Mitrovica we had decided to avoid the country all together.
A map of our overland journey from London to Istanbul.
Ever heard of Transnistria? I hadn't either.
If you thought that big charismatic wildlife was the preserve of far off countries and hard to reach wild places, then I urge you to take another look at Romania.
After spending the preceding months counting things in the Amazon and trawling through hours of footage in Oman, I confess to wanting some sort of holiday.
Well we're off via a ferry from Harwich in search of beautiful and wild Eastern Europe, and there's been an exciting last minute development on the trip.
There's something about looking at a map and hatching a plan, the inevitable pre-departure kit explosion, excitement at all the possibilities, and then hoicking on a rucksack and going.