August 2014

A Beautiful Road, A Zamyad and Stitched Up

August 12th, 2014|

Short version: took a dangerous road – took an easy road – met a Zamyad – left Iran – lucky to be alive but not kicking…
While cycling in Iran everybody and their brother had advised me that I was cycling the wrong road. The road I had taken was boring and I should have […]

July 2014

Visa Land and Lazying About

July 21st, 2014|

Short version: became Teherani – tollah here, tollah there, tollah’s you can see everywhere – applied for visa – got a lot of visa – smiled to the police in Isfahan – enjoyed the beauty of Jolfa – spent time on a carpet in Isfahan – got stuffed with food – still alive and kicking!

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Random Driving, Being Hard Pressed, Legitimate Police and Assasins

July 4th, 2014|

Short version: reached Iran – encountering random driving – met a man who lived in Tehran for 40 years and in Marand for 23 years – walked through some alleys in Kandovan – checked out some rubble at Maragheh – checked out some rubble at Alamout – saw a blue dome – was stopped […]

June 2014

Turkish Paradise, Carpets, A B&B, and Teşekkür Ederim

June 16th, 2014|

Short version: checked out some carpets – went to an old B&B – made friends on the road – went to the police – cycled, hiked and swam in paradise – took a picture of a giant sugarloaf – still alive and kicking!

İshak Paşa Sarayı
My last post from Turkey and I am confused if […]

May 2014

A Cave, Fairy Tales, and Chatting over Çay

May 29th, 2014|

Short version: climbed out of Ankara – had many chats over çay – slept in a cave – fled into a house – fled out of Göreme – checked out some valleys – admired chimneys – saw a balloon – agree with Ibn – still alive and kicking!
I had stayed in Ankara a bit […]

A Date, a School, and a Man From the East

May 16th, 2014|

As said in my previous post I sailed into Turkey under a blazing sun. Edirne is a lovely town and in this lovely town stands a lovely mosque. Actually, this mosque, the Selimiye, was built by Mimar Sinan, a famous Ottoman architect, for Selim II the son of Suleiman I. Of the Selimiye mosque […]

April 2014

A Crusade, a Bathing Session and the first Adhan

April 30th, 2014|

Quickly after leaving Belgrade in the afternoon the eurovelo became a mudbath on a dike. After a couple of kilometers of cycle wrestling I had had enough and took a sandy path back to the main road. After another short day cycling I ended up at Golubac. Short distances since I intended to do […]

A Hike in the River, A Trauma, and Watery Eyes

April 21st, 2014|

Although it is possible to ride from Komarom to Budapest in a day I decided to stop a bit earlier in Esztergom. This city at one point in time was the capital of Hungary and has a fairly large basilica standing amidst the ruins of the castle, perched on top of a rock looking […]

Schön und Blau, a Suburb and little Moscow

April 10th, 2014|

So I got to the schönen blauen Donau at Linz. And as a matter of fact, at Linz, the river seems quite clear and with the blue sky also seems quite blue. I cycled along the river on a brilliant cycle path which was packed with people cycling, running, inline skating, walking, you name […]

March 2014

A Bridge, a Window and a River I Could not Follow

March 30th, 2014|

When I was planning the following part of my journey some time ago with a map and a nice coffee, sitting in a comfortable chair, I envisioned it to be highly idyllic. I was going to first cycle along the Elbe up to the confluence with the Moldau, then follow the Moldau to where it […]

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