To follow Leon on his journey visit: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/blog The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. –David Russell The Mongol Rally, the 10,000-mile journey from Britain to Mongolia, is a road trip, for heaven’s sake. So far, I’ve gotten acquainted with the the Ukrainian police (50 euro, about $62, fine for speeding) and the Ukrainian police again(I evaded them). I didn’t meet the Russian police, although I had laid in a store of vodka in case I did. Now my co-driver, Steve, and I were getting ready to cross into Kazakhstan, where the police apparently were very eager to get acquainted. But I had my own self-help guru with me, a fellow rallier named Simon. I had met Simon a few hours earlier at a ramshackle bridge in Russia used to cross the Volga river. The bridge was practically sinking. Fortunately we managed to cross safely into Kazakhstan together. Then both of us were pulled over, apparently for going through a stop sign. As we walked into the police station, I was mentally preparing to barter for freedom. Simon was smarter. The policeman didn’t speak much English, but he did say we should give him a surprise. I took this to mean cash. I looked at Simon and said, “Let’s give him what he wants.” Simon ignored me. His strategy was to insist he had no idea what the policeman was saying. I was ready to give in, but Simon continued with his plan. The policeman gave up and waved us on our way. As we walked out of the station Simon told me that it’s not unusual to give the police what you think they want and then get arrested for bribery. Thanks to Simon I am not in a cell. Lesson learned.
HOW TO MAKE EVERY DAY AN ADVENTURE featuring world traveler, tv host, author and good guy Leon Logothetis. Born and raised in London, Leon has always had a passion for interacting with people. He created the reality-travel show "Amazing Adventures of a Nobody" as a way to satiate my desire of connecting to others. The show was licensed to National Geographic International and aired in over 100 countries around the world, including the United States on Fox Reality and Canada's OLN. Leon's passion for writing has recently been reignited with a weekly column for the Examiner and Huffington Post. In addition to his columns, Leon has a book coming out in October 2011, titled "Amazing Adventures of a Nobody." For more information visit www.LeonLogothetis.com