In 2007, Kris Mole flew one-way to Stockholm with a vow not to return home to England until he had visited every capital city in the mainland European Union. He set himself eight simple rules, most importantly A) that no money would be spent or handled during the journey, and B) no credit cards would be used either. Thus, the great Euro Freebie Challenge began: twenty-three cities to be visited, 6000 miles to be covered, without spending a single penny on the journey – to raise money, in fact, for Cancer Research UK.
The colourful story of this six-month trip was first told by charismatic, wise-cracking, semi-anti-hero Kris via a series of blogs, and followed by readers of The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and the BBC website. Readers found Kris drawing on his formidable resourcefulness to acquire all of life’s necessities for free, resting wherever he could find a place, and travelling by foot, hitch-hiking, or stowing away on trains – experiencing, as you might expect, a wild emotional ride in the process.
Kris Mole was born in London, 1983, and grew up in Brighton. He works as a freelance journalist and English teacher, frequently embarking on ambitious travel projects, documenting European countries and the lives lived within them.
He is officially banned from a small town just outside Rome, and played two seasons of semi-professional football in the Slovenian national league.
In 2007, he embarked on the Great Euro Freebie Challenge, to visit every capital city in the mainland European Union without spending or handling any money. The story of this journey was told in Gatecrashing Europe, published by Valley Press in 2015.
Date Published: 2015-08-14
Catalogue Number: VP0035
Number of Pages: 466
Cover Design by Jamie McGarry
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