November 10, 2016

A roadtrip from Poland to Lithuania #KUGAdventure

Last week Wendy from Thankfifi  texted me saying ‘fancy a roadtrip around Eastern Europe?’ 
DO I?

I met Wendy a few years back when I was living in Glasgow, mentally preparing myself for the move to Aberdeen. I remember emailing her saying that I was a fellow blogger and that I’d love to go for a coffee with her. Wendy was already a big deal in Glasgow, so when I hit the send button I thought I’d never receive a response back. To my pleasant suprise, two days later we found ourselves drinking coffee at Beanscene, chatting about blogging, Glasgow, moving cities and countries.
Soon we found out that we lived in the same neighborhood and that we both loved dogs, so we met again in the park to walk Mr. K, one of Wendy’s gorgeous dogs. And so our friendship began!

I am wearing:: Boots-c/o Sorel, jeans-Topshop, jumper-Mango, scarf & beret-Zara

Back to our roadtrip adventure, Ford (which happens to be my dad’s favourite car company as both of his cars are from there), organised an amazing 5,000 km roadtrip from Athens to Nordkapp, and invited journalists and bloggers to take part in each leg of the trip. Wendy and myself went for the Warsaw leg which involved driving from Warsaw city through Poland up until Vilnius in Lithuania with stops in between to enjoy the settings and experience the cultures.

And so we packed our winter boots and Barbour jackets, hopped on a plane and found ourselves in Poland! We were welcomed by the KUGAdventure team and was given a briefing for the trip starting the next day. As my luggage didn’t make it to the airplane, due to unforeseen delays in between the connections, I had to get a few of Wendy’s clothes to make it to the dinner, which was pretty fine by me because Wendy has the nicest taste! We were accompanied by some of the Ford team members and had a tasty dinner at the hotel, talking about Ford (and my dad’s love about it), the KUGAdventure, and their experiences so far travelling through all these countries-how exciting!

Next day we started early and bright, for our big day of driving through Poland! We had a very short briefing by the lovely Ford team, picked our car-an impressive, white, KUGA Vignale which was the most stylish of them all-and off we went!

We drove through Warsaw (more about it tomorrow), up until Augustow and had loads of stops in between to take pictures of the landscape, get some lunch and also meet the rest of the team in some meeting locations.

Even though I am not a car expert (and it would be pretentious of me to talk about the car specifications), I can tell you that our four hours journey was very pleasant, and that lies down to many reasons, from the driver to the car. Of course, being in the car with a person I am familiar with was a pleasure and there was no rush or stress from either side. However, what made out trip even more pleasant was the fact that KUGA has the most comfortable (and did I mention heated) seats, plenty of space to stretch your legs, an extremely easy to use navigation system (that I am so grateful of otherwise we would have been lost many times), and it’s very easy to drive!

When Ford designed the new KUGA range they had in mind a raise of expectations for the driver, not only did they design an elegant car but they also created a car that is strong and can take you anywhere regardless the temperature and road conditions. To be honest with you the road we drove through wasn’t the safest, however being in the KUGA made us both feel safe because we knew that this beast of a car had the ability to take us anywhere at any speed we would choose and wouldn’t get stuck in mud or pumps. And to test this we went off the road into the muddiest of forests. We did u-turns and speeded up in the most uneven countryside roads, and this car didn’t hesitate for a minute to get us anywhere.

It was such a pleasure to drive through the small Polish villages and be in this comfortable and warm car. We listened to the radio, had a Go-Pro recording all our silly facial expressions and made it to Augustow on time for dinner, despite our many stops.

To celebrate our first day or driving we had a drunken prune-mascarpone triffle, that was the most delicious I’ve ever had!

You can find more about the KUGA cars here and stay tuned for the rest of our KUGadventure!

Anastasia x

*all pictures taken by Wendy, you can read her posts here ~
#KUGAdventure: Poland to Lithuania roadtrip
That time we went to Warsaw for an hour…

8 Comments

  1. Anastasia this is such an exciting roadtrip! I’ve never thought of planning a trip through Eastern Europe but with this car, why not?
    I am looking forward to your pictures

    M.

  2. Hi Anastasia!! I live in the States, love your blog, you are fabulous and are always jet-setting around, I’m so jealous. I feel as though I don’t have the time to do that because of my job – what do you do, if you don’t mind me asking?

    Never stop blogging!!
    Lane
    x

    • Hi Lane, Thank you for your comment. I am a Biophysics Reasearcher at the University of Aberdeen and blogging is my hobby that I do during the evenings and spare time. I am so happy that I have so many readers from the USA, thanks for following along 🙂 xx

  3. BEYOND jealous right now! A roadtrip has been on my card for ages and with this car I am sure the roads were smoother.The countryside looks so lush!
    If you do not mind me asking you how do you get all these fancy trips?

    • Hi Annabel,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I have never done a roadtrip as such before so this was a first!
      To answer your question, I have been doing travel features and journalism for the loacl newspapers and travel blogging here at Natbee’s for the past five years or so. On top of this Natbee’s is on the Top 10 Scottish Blogs list since 2013, so I assume Natbee’s comes up in the Google seacrhes when companies are looking for travel bloggers and top Scottish bloggers to work with in particular projects. It is not the first time someone is asking me this and I do understand that not everyone understand how bloggers work with brands.

      I hope this helps!
      Anastasia

  4. How you manage to be so stylish while travelling through countries will never fail to amaze me!
    When I was in Poland it annoyed me a lot that the streets were so bad and the road system resembled nothing like the Western European. How did you find it driving through the country?
    We hired a Fiat Punto when doing our roadtrip and I have to tell you it was one of our worst decisions.

    Curious to see what you think!

    • Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. It is indeed sad that the road system in most Easter European countries is bad and sometimes difficult to drive through. On this particular day we met upon 3 severe car accidents and had to be stopped by the police officers and be diverted towards another route as things were REALLY bad and what we understood there were fatalities involved.
      Doing the driving through Poland was more difficult than the driving through Lithuania and we met upon no difficulties on the Lithuanian border, however we were well guarded by the Ford UK team and felt very safe in their hands. If anything would come up they would be quick to resolve it and there wasn’t a moment that I felt this roadtrip wasn’t for me. Having said this, driving a KUGA car has certainly helped with the said unpleasant conditions.

      I hope that answered your questions.
      Thanks for reading 🙂

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