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Petr Avramenko

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Petr Avramenko

Age: 34
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Member since:  2018-08-02
Overall rank:

162

Scores:
506
NM1281
112
UN
129
UN+
132
TCC
205
WHS
KYE
298
MTP

Bio

I’ve started travel when I was very young and didn’t know how to walk: I escaped from the crib and crawled for to investigate the corners of the room.Probably that was the moment I’ve fell in love with outskirts. When I was 5, I’ve escaped my home (it was completely consciously by the way) and travelled round the neighborhood without any goal enjoying the freedom. Eventually I was caught and brought back home. But the feeling of joyfulness from the journey I keep till now.

We had a lot of books at my parents’ place. When I was exploring book shelves, I’ve found the section with maps and atlases. I liked them very much, since every country was colored with its color: red for Soviet Union, purple for Japan, green for Korea, etc. I’ve realized we all have the world which is much wider than the one with mother, my building yard and children garden. That there are a lot of unknown and unclear things, which only adults can see, because they don’t need to quit on the ‘School’ bus stop. They can go further and further, they can investigate.

When I was 12, I left my school classes one day, took the tram N 1 and reached the final station. I was completely besotted because of the size of my trip and decided not to stop. When I was 13 I traveled around the North-West region of Russia with local electric trains, investigating Petersburg suburban, closest towns and provinces’ capitals. I had no money, I was actually a schoolboy with homemade lunch sandwich instead of pocket money for the lunch. I collected empty bottles, aluminum and copper wires to get the refund in recyclable materials acceptance point. I didn’t pay for the ticket and ran away from supervisors. Than I discovered hitch-hiking.

I left Russia first time when I was 19. Together with my girlfriend we hitch-hiked threw Russian and Ukraine, reached the Turkey with the ferry and hitch-hiked again to Syria. Local people gave us the opportunity to stay in their home for two weeks’ vacation. Syria has been stayed my favorite country for a very long period, I’ve discovered there a true hospitality and unselfish warmth of Middle East. I’ve started to travel a lot, covered 110 000 km with hitch-hiking and visited more than 30 countries, mostly in Europe and Middle East.

In 2006 I’ve started to earn some money, bought a car and used them both for travel. That was the time, when I got the idea to go round Africa with car, i.e. to go from Morocco to Egypt threw West, South and East Africa coasts.

Sept. 29th, 2007 me and 2 my friends have started from Saint Petersburg and reached Congo-Brazzaville after 4 months of the road via Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Benin, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Gabon. The expedition finished in Congo. Despite the help of Russian consulate, Angola officials refused to give us the visa, because of declared unstable political situation inside the country. We’ve sell the car and left.

Next 10 years I've travelled 4-5 month per year. In 2015 I’ve visited my 100th country. It was Bolivia. But I couldn’t leave the idea to round Africa.

Sept. 29th, 2017 we’ve started again, from exactly the same place in Saint Petersburg to go round Africa. With the same car model – Toyota Hilux Surf, but second one was 8 years older. We’ve managed to reach the Cairo from Saint Petersburg, via Russia, Belorussia, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra-Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina-Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic republic of Congo, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

That was the enormous trip, excluding the car engine died not far from the Tsumeb town in Namibia. We’ve sell the car and kept going with buses and hitch-hicking (especially since the most difficult part of the expedition was complete). The old dream came true – after 6 months we’ve reached Cairo.

I don’t have such a long journey in upcoming plans, but some tiny ones are coming – to Spitzbergen and Central America.

The joy of wandering is granted to us since birth and I believe the way is endless.

Series scores

Geography

Rank: 63
Score: 399

Urban

Rank: 68
Score: 566

Transport

Rank: 69
Score: 453

Intellectual

Rank: 40
Score: 771

Outdoors

Rank: 74
Score: 210

Mini-series

Rank: 34
Score: 186

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