The Bulgarian Border Bonanza

by The Runaway Guide on May 11, 2011

It was a cool summers night and although the doors of the holding facility were open, the bars of my cell were asphyxiating. I couldn’t take being locked up. I just couldn’t take it. I desperately craved the freedom of the road again and I knew I had to escape.

I began talking with the guard on duty. Luckily for me, a 16 year old, he was also young, probably in his early 20’s. Surprisingly, I managed to convince him to let me outside for a smoke. There, on the steps of the jail, I could see the Turkish border and its offer of asylum from EU and Interpol warrants.

As I contemplated whether or not to runaway, I smoked a cigarette, then a second, then a third, a fourth, a fifth. With each cigarette, my heart raced faster and adrenaline surged through every cell of my body. It was like nothing I had ever felt before.

Half way through my sixth cigarette I stood up. Slowly I looked towards the guard. He was roughly two meters away, a safe distance. “Here we go” I thought. Before my mind could process what was going on, I had already sprinted across the road. Then, like a rabbit, I sprung 6 feet into the air and onto the 20 ft border fence. When I arrived on the other side, I found myself stuck in thick thorn bushes. Struggling like a animal stuck in a trap, I cried out in distress. I looked back. 6 officers had assembled. Their voices ferocious. Their guns drawn and pointing directly at me. A single shot rang out.

More to come in  “The Runaway: An Untraditional Guide To Travel”


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Miguel March 11, 2013 at 4:21 am

It’s like that series Locked Up Abroad. You should be on that show. So any news on me being able to hear the rest of this story?


The Runaway Guide March 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Hahah, yea, a bit I guess. The rest of the story is going to be in the book! :)


maliboo February 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

why were you locked up?


The Runaway Guide March 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

Long story! I’m working on writing it all down.


Ron | Active Planet Travels March 16, 2012 at 5:43 am

That’s intense! Can’t wait till your book is out!


Katie January 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm



Michael James September 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

When is your book coming out? Ebook format? Hoping to hear the rest of this story very soon. These reads are better then half the travel stories I read out of the books at Barnes and noble.


The Runaway Guide September 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

Thanks Michael, I really appreciate the compliments. Unfortunately it’s looking like its going to be a while. I’m chipping away at it though and will let you know when it’s ready.


Abdul Rab May 21, 2011 at 1:26 am

… and then…???

Come on, you should complete the story please… :)