Who We Are...
We are a married couple.
My name is Farhad, which is a Persian name, which mean Elation/Happiness.
Leyla is my wife, my best friend and traveling partner. Her name means Beautiful night.
What We Are Doing...
We are currently on a pilgrimage to the Holy city of Jerusalem, by bicycle . We left London in July 2020 and after a long journey and many challenges we have successfully arrived in the ancient city of Costantinople. Known today as Istanbul.
Why Are We Doing This...
Back in London, we had stable jobs, which due to the pandemic, we lost in March 2020. We took this as a sign to follow our destiny, which we believe is to reach the Holy City of Jerusalem.
We have dreamt about doing this pilgrimage for a very long time. We strongly believe that during these difficult times we all facing, prayer, contemplation and connecting to one another, are some of the best ways we possess as human beings to overcome any crisis.
How We Started...
After selling all our belongings and we used the funds we collected, plus our savings, to buy the essential gear for the long journey ahead.
At first, our idea was to cycle from London to the Italian Alps, to find work there for the winter ski season, then to head towards Greece, to find work during the summer season in one of the Greek Islands.
We embarked on our trip in July 2020. The general situation looked promising, as both Europe and UK reopened.
We volunteered while on the road: We helped a family, who owned a wineyard, for their harvest in the region of Pfalz in Germany.
Also in Italy we harvested olives for another family of farmers. Little did we know that other major restrictions were on the way.
Sadly the ski season never started, Greece has been closed for many months and it does not look like it is going to reopen any time soon.
We then decided to change our route and reach Turkey as soon as possible to escape the cold European winter, which by this point, was becoming unbereable. Sadly again in Turkey, we could not find any work either.
Moving around and crossing countries has proved quite difficult and costly. We are simple people with basic needs, however we have run out of funds. which we urgently need to cover our daily costs such as food, water, helping animals. Or other essentials like bicycles maintenance, medical charges and so forth.
We Appeal To Your Kind Heart...
We humbly ask you if you would like to be involved in our trip, by contributing to our voyage via a donation. To keep connecting to benevolent people such as yourselves. To keep feeding the many animals we encounter on our path and to complete the last leg of our journey to reach our final destination: Jerusalem.
We love to make a difference wherever we go. We are strongly convinced that helping others is our duty, to give back to to the world for the many incredible experiences we have been rewarded with.
We are looking foward to get to share our journey with you.
Our deepest gratitute goes to you for your generous heart...Lets keep in touch!
Farhad & Leyla.
You can find us on:
Facebook: Leyla Farhad
Also, you can read our story published on 2 Italian alpine news journals:
...Thank You So Much....