Bicycle touring in the Netherlands

Bicycle touring in the Netherlands

The Dutch offer The Netherlands offers a dense network of excellent bicycle paths throughout the whole country. This enables you to get anywhere by bike while having a safe and relaxed ride. Holland (synonymous for the Netherlands although literally it denotes only 2 provinces in the West) is also a flat country so you’ll have to do very little climbing. There is, however, one element that can ruin your ride: the wind. Knowing that the prevailing wind comes from the…

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Bicycle infrastructure: you gotta fight for it!

Bicycle infrastructure: you gotta fight for it!

Bicycle friendliness Scotland Sitting in the car I asked Miguel what he thought of the cyclist friendliness of Scotland. It was basically non existent: nearly no bike paths and a week earlier a cyclist had died. The cyclist drove her wheel into the tram rails, fell, and got run over by car. Although this specific incident could have happened in Rotterdam in the Netherlands as well, it was clear Scotland had a lot to do to accommodate cyclists. The next…

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Scotland: 50 shades of green and the West Highland Way

Scotland: 50 shades of green and the West Highland Way

Scotland had been on our bucket list for a while. We had seen pictures of beautiful green landscapes, wilderness, mountains, lochs and rivers. Besides, friends of ours were living in Edinburgh. Enough reasons to visit them and do a hike! Edinburgh Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is home to the Scottish Parliament and is the seat of the monarchy. It attracts plenty of tourists, who mainly go there to see Edinburgh old town. Like other places in Scotland, you’ll find…

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How calling for help can give you a friend for the rest of your life

How calling for help can give you a friend for the rest of your life

It’s no secret that Tim and I love travelling, and discovering new places has always been one of our passions. More than that: there is nothing better than planning a trip to a place we have never been before! It brings back the childhood feeling of everyday excitement, surprises, the opportunity to test your limits and stepping out of your comfort zone. Every day is full of new sights, new things and experiences. What is even greater than this, you…

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How taking accidental route, gave us the ultimate gift of meeting Abdel

How taking accidental route, gave us the ultimate gift of meeting Abdel

Taking the difficult road On our first day in Morocco, we cycled a solid 57 km, enjoyed an extremely warm welcoming by the Moroccan people, found a great wild camping spot and had a good night’s rest. It seemed that all our senses were suddenly awoken. It was intense in terms of all the new sights, smells, foods and many smiling and friendly Moroccan people saying “Bonjour Monsieur, Bonjour Madame, welcome to Morocco!”.  It seemed that things could not get…

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Portraits on the road: articles about exceptional ordinary people we meet on our way across the world

Portraits on the road: articles about exceptional ordinary people we meet on our way across the world

During my trips I have always been fascinated with the scenery, new food and mesmerizing cultural diversity, but nothing has had as big an impact on me as the people I met on the way. The way how we met, the experience we shared, their stories, and kindness have enriched my life and will always stay in my heart. I truly believe that some people come into our lives and leave a lasting footprint in our souls. So for now…

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Cycling Morocco from Agadir to Marrakech

Cycling Morocco from Agadir to Marrakech

Cycling in Morocco has turned out to be an awesome experience. In this country of extremes we have experienced: Sub zero temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius, Diverse scenic landscapes, Quiet peaceful mountain ranges and towns, Dirty and simple but cheap “hotels”, Negotiating most of the prices, Delicious food, Very busy and chaotic cities, Overwhelmingly friendly and hospitable people, Tim (probably) almost getting robbed, The widest range of traffic on the roads: pedestrians, donkeys, horses, cyclists, all kinds of old…

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Pas du Lauzun

Pas du Lauzun

We were hot, sweaty, and going at a snale’s pace of 7 km/h. The siesta had helped us skip cycling with a fully loaded bike – clothes, sleeping equipment, cooking set, water and food – during the hottest period of the day. Nevertheless it was still very warm at 30 degrees Celsius for any serious physical exercise. But we were making steady progress on our first mountain pass and the view of the sudden steep pillars of rock, mountains covered…

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Long distance bicycle tour – The Green Route

Long distance bicycle tour – The Green Route

For our first long distance bike tour in August 2016, we chose the “Groene weg naar de Middellandse Zee”. Freely translated: The Green Route to the Mediterranean Sea. A marked out route of about 1300 kilometers from Roermond in the Netherlands to Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer in France at, you guessed it, the Mediterranean Sea. How all of this started My girlfriend and I love travelling. When we saw people making trips by bike a few years ago a seed was planted. We…

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Hiking in Borjomi National Park

Hiking in Borjomi National Park

Borjomi National Park is one of Georgia’s greatest treasures. A beautiful park with mountains up to 2,500 meters and splendid views of the higher Caucasian mountains. With a small group of friends and a Georgian guide we did a 2-day hike in Borjomi’s National Park. We did some groceries in the town of Borjomi including 2 kilograms of raw shashlik meat which I carried for 7 hours up a mountain. It was a beautiful hike and naturally the taste of…

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