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The lazy cyclists' ride through Turkmenistan


Tourist visas for Turkmenistan are expensive - you need to book a tour through a tour company, and it can cost over a hundred dollars a day. Most inde

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Travelling in Iran during Ramadan


We were unsure about what to expect when cycling in Iran during Ramadan. Iran being an "Islamic Republic", fasting during Ramadan is mandated by law.

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Culture shock in Iran


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


[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


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?


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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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


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


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


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


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


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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