WELCOME

So, Robert King and the Infinite Busk.
What?
The busking and hitch-hiking adventures of Robert King, playing his acoustic guitar and singing the songs he writes in the streets, alleys and thoroughfares of human settlements…
Where?
In 15* countries and over 200 towns and cities, from Stornoway to Istanbul, Portugal to Poland, Rome to Leek…
When?
Since the start of 2014 (mostly)
How?
By hitch-hiking from place to place and camping in the woods; the hillsides; the fields; staying with friends new and old; in the occasional hostel…
How can I read more about it?

Click on a post on the left to read a full blog (and see photos) – under “recent posts” or from the dropdown menu under “all posts”, or click on a town in the interactive map further down this page and follow the link.
~Note to mobile users, the blogs are listed when you go to the menu (3 horizontal lines and the word SHOW in the top left corner of the page)

Also check out the interactive map below…

If you don’t have a wordpress account, you can sign up to receive email notification when I write a new blog (rarely more than one a month, and often less frequent – so it won’t clog up your inbox!)  – bottom left under “Follow Blog by Email”, click the black box with the word “FOLLOW”

~MISSION STATEMENT~ (click to read)
So why am I determined to spread my music around the world, playing whatever I want, wherever I want, singing words that make me feel alive?

The obvious – doing something I love, managing to eat and not sleep outside (I’m not counting tents as “outside”), and feeling that it’s generally a nice idea to spread nice ideas. Well, apart from that…”

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Map of places busked
KEY ~ Blue~2017  Green~2016  Yellow~2015  Orange~2014  Red~2013 and before


A little bio:
Born 5 June 1990, in Bruton, Somerset, England
Aug 1994: Moved to the Highlands of Scotland
June 2003: Picked up a guitar and learnt 3 chords
August 2005: Someone told me about DADGAD (what?)
2009-present: writing the songs you hear me play…
June 2013: First ever busk abroad (Coimbra, Portugal)
February 2014: Istanbul becomes the 10th city I’ve busked
August 2015: Loughborough becomes the 100th city I’ve busked
Fill in the gaps… read the blog.

Some STATS – for the statistics-munchers out there
Towns busked: 277
Countries busked: 16 (*19 counting Scotland, Wales, the Basque Country and Catalonia separately from UK/Spain)
Capital cities busked 9 (inc. Edinburgh, 10)
Largest city busked: Istanbul – 14 million inhabitants
Smallest villages busked: Robin Hood’s Bay, England and Betws-y-Coed, Wales – approx 500 inhabitants each
Most northerly town busked: Stornoway, Scotland
Most southerly town busked: Tarifa, Spain
Most westerly town busked: Cascais, Portugal
Most easterly town busked: Göreme, Turkey
Most busked cities: Edinburgh and Inverness

Country tally
Spain: 62 (inc. Basque Country: 5, and Catalonia: 6)
UK: 60 (England: 36, Scotland: 13, Wales: 12)

France: 50

Italy: 33 (Inc. South Tyrol: 4)
Germany: 17
Portugal: 14
Turkey: 12
Greece: 8
Poland: 7
Czech Republic: 3
Belgium: 2
Slovak Republic, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Austria: 1 apiece

THE FULL LIST:
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
2. Glasgow, Scotland
3. Brighton, England
4. London, England
5. Chichester, England
6. Coimbra, Portugal
7. San Sebastián/Donostia, Spain (Basque Country)
8. Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
9. Portsmouth, England
10. İstanbul, Turkey
11. Fethiye, Turkey
12. Marmaris, Turkey
13. Bodrum, Turkey
15. Aydın, Turkey
16. Chíos, Greece
17. Athens/Athína, Greece
18. Chalkída (Halkis/Chalcis), Greece
19. Vólos, Greece
20. Lárissa, Greece
21. Ioannina, Greece
22. Igoumenítsa, Greece
23. Bari, Italy
24. Potenza, Italy
25. Foggia, Italy
26. Termoli, Italy
27. Pescara, Italy
28. Rome/Roma, Italy
29. Terni, Italy
30. Orvieto, Italy
31. Siena, Italy
32. Florence/Firenze, Italy
33. Prato, Italy
34. Pistoia, Italy
35. Lucca, Italy
36. Viareggio, Italy
37. Genoa/Genova, Italy
38. Savona, Italy
39. Nice, France
40. Aix-en-Provence, France
41. Arles, France
42. Montpellier, France
43. Mende, France
44. Langogne, France
45. Le Puy-en-Velay, France
46. Clermont-Ferrand, France
47. Limoges, France
48. Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
49. Aurillac, France
50. Lyon, France
51. Chalon-sur-Saône, France
52. Prague/Praha, Czech Republic
53. Bratislava, Slovak Republic
54. Bursa, Turkey
55. Yalova, Turkey
56. Göreme, Turkey
57. Konya, Turkey
58. Alanya, Turkey
59. Çanakkale, Turkey
60. Kavála, Greece
61. Himarë, Albania
62. Kotor, Montenegro
63. Dubrovnik, Croatia
64. Berlin, Germany
65. Arras, France
66. Inverness, Scotland
67. Whitby, England
68. Swindon, England
69. Bordeaux, France
70. Bergerac, France
71. Cahors, France
72. Villefranche-de-Rouerge, France
73. Albi, France
74. Toulouse, France
75. Castres, France
76. Carcassonne, France
77. Narbonne, France
78. Beziers, France
79. Nîmes, France
80. Avignon, France
81. Valence, France
82. Perigueux, France
83. Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France
84. Agen, France
85. Auch, France
86. Carnon-Plage, France
87. Millau, France
88. Rodez, France
89. Dijon, France
90. Reims, France
91. Lille, France
92. Oliwa (Gdansk), Poland
93. Jelitkowo (Gdansk), Poland
94. Fort William, Scotland
95. Mallaig, Scotland
96. Portree/Port Righ, Scotland
97. Hexham, England
98. Barnard Castle, England
99. Robin Hood’s Bay, England
100. Loughborough, England
101. Oxford, England
102. Andover, England
103. Frome, England
104. Ullapool, Scotland
105. Stornoway/Steòrnabhagh, Scotland
106. Grimsby, England
107. Lincoln, England
108. Dover, England
109. Moulins, France
110. Bristol, England
111. Barnstaple, England
112. Exmouth, England
113. Canterbury, England

114. Leek, England
115. Madrid, Spain
116.
Toledo, Spain
117. Jaén, Spain
118. Granada, Spain
119. Almuñecar, Spain
120. Nerja, Spain
121. Málaga, Spain
122. Ronda, Spain
123. Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
124. Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
125. Cádiz, Spain
126. El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain
127. Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
128. Tarifa, Spain
129. Utrera, Spain
130. Dos Hermanas, Spain
131. Seville/Sevilla, Spain
132. Huelva, Spain
133. Faro, Portugal
134. Lagos, Portugal
135. Porto Covo, Portugal
136. Sintra, Portugal
137. Cascais, Portugal
138. Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal
139. Portalegre, Portugal
140. Cáceres, Spain
141. Viseu, Portugal
142. Lamego, Portugal
143. Vila Real, Portugal
144. Santiago de Compostela, Spain
145. Noia, Spain
146. Muros, Spain
147. Fisterra, Spain
148. A Coruña, Spain
149. Lugo, Spain
150. Ribadeo, Spain
151. Luarca, Spain
152. Áviles, Spain
153. Gijon, Spain
154. Llanes, Spain
155. Santander, Spain
156. Astillero, Spain
157. Castro Urdiales, Spain
158. Bilbao/Bilbo, Spain (Basque Country)
159. Bermeo, Spain (Basque Country)
160. Lekeitio, Spain (Basque Country)
161. Zarautz, Spain (Basque Country)
162. Libourne, France
163. Stamford, England
164. Mainz, Germany
165. Limburg an der Lahn, Germany
166. Marburg an der Lahn, Germany
167. Göttingen, Germany
168. Herzberg am Harz, Germany
169. Goslar, Germany
170. Wernigerode, Germany
171. Burg bei Magdeburg, Germany
172. Potsdam, Germany
173. Königs Wusterhausen, Germany
174. Pirna, Germany

175. Bad Schandau, Germany
176. Kolín, Czech Republic
177. Brno, Czech Republic
178. Bielsko-Biała, Poland
179. Żywiec, Poland
180. Kraków, Poland
181. Warszawa/Warsaw, Poland
182. Poznań, Poland

183. Fürstenwald, Germany
184. Erfurt, Germany
185. Korbach, Germany
186. Köln/Cologne, Germany
187. Hasselt, Belgium
188. Leuven, Belgium
189. Chepstow, Wales
190. Lewes, England
191. Gloucester, England
192. Cheddar, England
193. Hereford, England
194. Aberystwyth, Wales
195. Machynlleth, Wales
196. Dolgellau, Wales
197. Porthmadog, Wales
198. Caernarfon, Wales
199. Bangor, Wales
200. Betws-y-Coed, Wales
201. Conwy, Wales
202. Llandudno, Wales
203. Colwyn Bay, Wales
204. Northwich, England
205. Nairn, Scotland
206. Forres, Scotland
207. Dingwall, Scotland
208. Aviemore, Scotland
209. Perth, Scotland
210. Wrexham, Wales
211. Yeovil, England
212. Warminster, England
213. Trowbridge, England
214. Falmouth, England
215. Penzance, England
216. Henley-on-Thames, England
217. High Wycombe, England
218. Huddersfield, England
219. Wetherby, England
220. Perpignan, France
221. Badalona, Spain (Catalonia)
222. Ourense, Spain
223. Monforte de Lemos, Spain
224. Vigo, Spain
225. O Porriño, Spain
226. Viana Do Castelo, Portugal
227. Porto, Portugal
228. Leiria, Portugal

229. Lisboa, Portugal
230. Évora, Portugal
231. Elvas, Portugal
232. Badajoz, Spain
233. Mérida, Spain
234. Puerto Real, Spain
235. San Fernando, Spain
236. Medina Sidonia, Spain
237. Antequera, Spain
238. Motril, Spain
239. Aguadulce, Spain
240. Murcia, Spain
241. Orihuela, Spain
242. Elx/Elche, Spain
243. Elda, Spain
244. Alcoi, Spain
245. Xàtiva, Spain
246. Reus, Spain (Catalonia)
247. Valls, Spain (Catalonia)
248. Igualada, Spain (Catalonia)
249. Manresa, Spain (Catalonia)
250. Vic, Spain (Catalonia)
251. Lunel, France
252. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
253. Cavaillon, France
254. Manosque, France
255. Riez, France
256. Forcalquier, France
257. Sisteron, France
258. Gap, France
259. Briançon, France
260. Rivoli, Italy
261. Ivrea, Italy
262. Biella, Italy
263. Vercelli, Italy
264. Novara, Italy
265. Arona, Italy
266. Verbania (Pallanza/Intra), Italy
267. Varese, Italy
268. Como, Italy
269. Menaggio, Italy
270. Varenna, Italy
271. Morbegno, Italy
272. Sondrio, Italy
273. Merano/Meran, Italy (South Tyrol)
274. Bolzano/Bozen, Italy (South Tyrol)
275. Bressanone/Brixen, Italy (South Tyrol)
276. Brunico/Bruneck, Italy (South Tyrol)
277. Lienz, Austria

Towns that didn’t quite made the list because I only busked a few minutes – Dole, (France), Dresden (Germany), Girona (Spain/Catalonia), St Gilles (France)

One thought on “WELCOME

  1. Wandering wonderful wanderlust…..Love the map! My mobile was quite happy also…It’s so inspiring to share your journey in such an interesting format. Thanks for sharing Robert x

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