After getting tired of his nine-to-five job as a welder, Dean Nicholson decided he would prefer more to spend his time traveling. Back in September 2018, he jumped on a bicycle and embarked on an ambitious journey from his hometown Dunbar to explore Europe. Although he started the trip alone, he ended up picking an unlikely companion along the way.
Following stops in Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, and Croatia, Nicholson found himself passing through Bosnia and Herzegovina. There he met Nala, an adorable stray kitten who was dying to befriend him.
“I was going up a steep hill with my music blaring out of my speaker when I heard a desperate meow from behind me.” – Nicholson described the moment when he and Nala met. “I clocked the kitten, I got off my bike to stroke her then that was it, she wouldn’t leave my side. She was a wee, scrappy little thing and so far away from anywhere.”
This is when the 31-year-old decided that it wouldn’t be so bad to have a company during these long journeys, and took her with himself.
Dean and Nala were sharing adventures ever since, traveling through Montenegro, Albania and Greece. This unlikely duo now generates lots of attentions wherever they go and people enjoy listening to their interesting story.
“Everybody loves her when they see her popping out of the carrier on the front of my bike and always ask for pictures of her.” – the 31-year-old added. “Nala loves travelling and is super relaxed and chilled but she doesn’t like going over cobbles – this is when she jumps out the box and sits on my shoulders instead.”
If you want to find out more about this world-traveling duo and see some of the adventures they had, check out pics and videos below.