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Culture shock in Iran

2019-05-14

Entering Isfahan, the first thing that struck us was the lush greenery everywhere. Blessed with the Zayandeh River that flows through the city, the ci

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Among Aryans

2019-05-05

While we're still cycling between the big and interesting cities of central Iran (Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz - more about these in a future blog post), peo

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Sleepless in Iran

2019-04-25

To avoid cycling into Tehran's traffic altogether, we decided to take the bus from Karaj to Qom, based on the recommendation of our host in Karaj. Imm

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Safari Park Iran

2019-04-17

Entering any new country, the first thing we always need is the local currency. So far, we have been taking money from ATMs, but in Iran, credit cards

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Not just another Turkey

2019-04-04

To be honest, we expected Azerbaijan to be quite boring. We had heard that the culture was very similar to Turkey, so that would not be new to us, and

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Spring has sprung in Iberia

2019-03-19

From the Rikoti pass, we rolled down to Khashuri, where we camped for the first time in Georgia. With the skies finally clear after a week of rain, we

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The Rain in Colchis

2019-03-09

Entering Georgia from Turkey was a bit of a shock to us. The people were colder, the houses were colder, and the drivers were the worst we had encount

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Black Sea Coast, Part 2

2019-02-20

The second half of our ride down the Black Sea coast got off to a slow start, first with Heiko falling sick in Sinop, then with Hannah falling sick in

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Black Sea Coast, Part 1

2019-01-30

The main road running down the Turkish Black Sea coast is the D010, and it is this road that we more or less followed (and will be following) all the

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Cold Turkey, warm People

2019-01-14

[We initially wanted to title this post 'Going cold Turkey', but it wouldn't have actually worked as a proper pun as we weren't going cold turkey on a

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Christmastime in Greece

2019-01-03

We cycled along the Ionian Sea from the Albanian border to Patras. The first night, we camped between some orange plantations. We were surprised by th

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In the Land of Thieves and Mobsters?

2018-12-18

Albania has a terrible international reputation. When we told people that we were going to Albania, the first associations many people made were along

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Mountain-egro

2018-12-03

We had a very rainy start to our stay in Montenegro. It started raining when we arrived in Herceg Novi, our first stop in the country, and then it mor

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Down the Dalmatian coast

2018-11-24

After crossing the Velebit mountain range, we immediately entered a completely different part of Croatia. For one, the weather changed abruptly, to a

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Continental Croatia

2018-11-15

Entering from Slovenia, Croatia was the first country on this trip where we had our passports checked. Hannah got an entry stamp, as Croatia is not in

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And you thought Hungary was flat

2018-11-05

Hungary is mostly flat, it's true. But following the Eurovelo 13, which traces the border between Hungary and Austria, is not quite so flat. To make t

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A sliver of Slovakia

2018-10-31

We only spent three nights in Slovakia, two of them in the capital Bratislava. After crossing the Czech border, we spent the first two days cycling cl

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Away from the river and into the hills

2018-10-26

After a good two rest days in Prague, we continued our journey more or less following the Cycle Route 1 from Prague to Brno, the second largest city i

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Along the river to Prague

2018-10-24

We crossed from Germany into the Czech Republic at a tiny crossing for bicycles and pedestrians only. The impressive rock formations of the Elbe Sands

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From Magdeburg to the Czech border

2018-10-19

We took our first rest day in Magdeburg. These rest days have been important so far, not so much because cycling is too exhausting, but because the cy

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