September 14, 2018

It was early February. We had been on the road now for just over a year and cycled through all four seasons, including temperatures above 40ºC and below 0ºC. We had managed to traverse Asia in this year and were now waiting for a ferry to take us from Turkey to Greece,...

May 28, 2018

"Aren't you scared of bears when wild camping?" people often ask us. I always reply that it's actually the opposite, I would love to see a bear in the wild. Of course brown bears can be dangerous, but truthfully I'm more afraid of humans sitting in metal boxes pretendi...

March 3, 2018

Before entering Turkey, we were warned by parents and friends back home about cycling through this country. Despite their warnings we entered Turkey in late December. We experienced warm welcomes, surprised faces and great hospitality during this cold season. After cyc...

March 1, 2018

Between mosques and bazaars, modern shopping centers and large university complexes, we found Ankara depicting the two sides of Turkey all in one city. We saw men selling simits (Turkish bagels) on the street and women with headscarves haggling for fruits and vegetable...

February 19, 2018

It was lunch time and we were still cycling along the Black Sea coast. The day was gray, at least no rain, but the blue sky seemed to linger far away from the shore over the sea. Taking breaks with this overcast sky and low temperatures isn't very easy, as the cold slo...

January 25, 2018

We arrived at the Turkish border on a sunny Sunday morning. It was relatively warm for the end of December and we were looking forward to a nice day of cycling. The border guard smiled at us, stamped our passport without any hesitation and released us with a friendly:...

January 17, 2018

I must admit, cycling isn't always fun and some days are mentally and physically very challenging. Waking up to cold and rainy weather I would rather spend a day inside under the covers and read a book than face another day of cycling. Bumpy roads with tons of traffic...

January 16, 2018

It was 5 o'clock in the afternoon when we entered Georgia. I was freezing and it was rapidly getting darker - I wasn't up for much cycling. The first town after crossing the border is Lagodekhi. We pulled in to the first guesthouse we saw and were greeted by a young En...

December 18, 2017

We awake in our sleeping bags in the Shirvan National Park's administrative office. The deputy director, Narmin, allowed us to sleep in the conference room after we had asked to pitch our tent outside. He smirked, said it was way too cold to sleep in the tent right now...

December 5, 2017

We stand on deck of the Fikret Amerov cargo ship looking at Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. This morning I jumped up in my small bunk to a loud metallic rustling and a splash. Half asleep I thought we had hit something and I was waiting for an alarm to sound. All the...

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