Em will be coming along to this year's festival with Molly, her super cute Mongolian street dog, Grettle, her awesome, intrepid scooter AND Arty Bakes, her seriously tasty looking catering business!
If you've not come across Em before then you're in for a treat - quite literally...Em's a baker by day, an artist by nature and an avid traveller at every other opportunity!
Having bought her first and only bike in 2013; a mint green 125cc vespa, otherwise known as Grettle, she has driven around Europe three times and tackled the Indian Himalayas on several occasions!
But even better than that, she has ridden her Vespa from the UK to Mongolia and back again, carrying with her a street dog named Molly, who she rescued in the far East of Mongolia and brought home as her pillion passenger! The journey took her two and a half years and she crossed 32 countries racking up 30,000 km en-route!
***This episode was recorded live at the Armchair Adventure Festival 27th - 30th July 2023. Buy tickets now for #AAF24 - THE UK'S MOST ADVENTUROUS FESTIVAL. Mt Edgcumbe, Cornwall, 25-28th July 2024. Use TG10 to get a 10% discount on tickets. www.armchairadventurefestival.com. ***
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Who is Emma
What Emma does
Starting on a journey at 24 from the UK to Mongolia
Finding and adopting Molly
Being an artist
The dream of an overland trip
Setting off as a learner with no tools and very little money
Doing a TEFL course and teaching English to earn money
Traveling the Silk Road
Being warned by everyone she knows not to trust anyone
Meeting amazing people despite the language barrier
Molly the dog and the route she took to get to Mongolia
Coming to a point where she doesn't know what to do with herself
Starting to bake cookies for fun
Advice for people who are going through a wobble
Why did she stop doing what she loved
Future journeys Emma would like to go on
What was it like going to Afghanistan as a single woman
How did she build up her knowledge of mechanics
Having a bad crash in Istanbul
The aftermath of the accident
Her bike Grettle and the story behind the name
Getting back on the bike
What sort of food does Emma eat
How does she keep her blog updated throughout her journey
Where would she go back to and why
Dealing with extreme cold
Final words of advice
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