This story is so cute I’m melting.
So there’s this dude from Scotland named Dean Nicholson who has been making his way across the world on his bike one Scottish brogue-filled instagram post at a time. While biking up a hill, he heard meowing near him. Guess who he met?
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So just as i was coming up to the Montenegro border i heard this little gem meowing her heart out chasing me trying to get my attention. We were about 12 miles from the nearest town so it was obvious someone had dumped her. A quick re-shuffle of my bike equipment she is now sitting happy up front leading the journey! She needs a name so Feel free to fire suggestions guys 🐈
He wound up naming her Nala, after one of the lionesses in the film The Lion King.
At first there were real practical considerations. He basically traveled with everything he owned, all on a bicycle that was already loaded up with camping equipment and other necessities. But, as adorable pets are wont to do, she made Dean fall in love with her. He’d grown up around dogs and he had a soft spot for cute little animals. So he found her a little harness so she could ride on his shoulders safely, and a little bag with a viewing window so she could ride on the front of the bike.
Thus began a journey around the world.
“Nala stole the attention of every passing tourist and even managed to get me a free pint,” Nicholson wrote of the visit in December on his Instagram page. The two were inseparable, Nala riding on his back or cuddling into his armpit at night. Dean took her to the beach and taught her how to hunt “just incase the time comes when i run out of money and need some food!.”
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Today we ventured down into old town, with a history of almost 2500 years, Budva is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic coast. The beautiful narrow streets lead to quirky wee shops and cafes where Nala stole the attention of every passing tourist and even managed to get me a free pint 🍻
From a Washington Post article on the pair:
At the end of the year, Nicholson briefly put their journey on hold. The rain and cold that had trailed them down the Albanian coast had left Nala with a chest infection. She was given antibiotics, and he posted up with her in a hostel for several weeks of recovery.
By early January, things were looking up, as Nicholson documented his companion’s second cough-free day.
“She’s fearless,” he said of the feline.
Meanwhile, he pitched in at the hostel, chopping logs for fire wood and collecting oranges for juice. He also passed the time by clearing nearby beaches of plastic and other waste.
Nala, ever observant, watched from his shoulders.
Now, Nicholson and Nala are in Santorini, the crescent-shaped island in the Aegean Sea where they plan to pass the summer months. He landed a job as a sea kayak tour guide.
When autumn rolls around, he’ll pack his bags and head for Australia, passing through Turkey and Georgia and then making up his route as he goes.
From Australia, he plans to fly to Argentina, and then to cycle all the way up to Canada.
By the time he’s finished, Nicholson will have seen remote corners of the world.
“I’ll also have seen this cat grow up, which is maybe even more incredible,” he said.
Pet site The Dodo made a little video that I’ve watched about 3000 times.