The World in Books

I’ve always enjoyed playing with maps. Here the latest result: There are still so many places to see, so many things to do! Let’s see where our reading journeys take us in the next three months… So far, I have my eyes on London, Barcelona and Namibia. We’ll see… Where have you been traveling throughContinue reading “The World in Books”

Tortoise and Hare

… or how to keep moving in global pandemic. A hybrid Bike’n Hike from Keurbooms to Kirkenes From the southern edge of Africa to the north-eastern corner of Europe Touching the Indian and the Arctic Oceans A literal & literary journey of a good few thousand kilometres With abundant room for real and imaginary detours.Continue reading “Tortoise and Hare”

Happy Birthday Bicycle!

Happy Birthday, dear Bicycle! 200 years! That’s quite a feat, yet you seem to be as young and sprightly as ever; aging well and always open to change and improvement… I’ll never forget the day we met for the first time. I had seen you before, but when you knocked on our door on myContinue reading “Happy Birthday Bicycle!”

Finally done and dusted…

Peppertreechronicles proudly presents: The HEALING RHINOS AND OTHER SOULS audiobook! Experiment/adventure/challenge #1 for this year has been concluded! And after much sweat and tears this labour of love is ready to hit the shelves… Hardcopies are 100% locally produced and available on CD in MP3 or Audio-Format. To make the 2 MP3-CDs presentable was relativelyContinue reading “Finally done and dusted…”

Thank you, obrigada, muchas gracias y merci beaucoup!

Times fly… and indeed times have flown! Weeks have passed since my last post, since I set off from the “End of the World”, O Cabo de São Vicente, towards the northeast, and since i packed bike and panniers away again, waiting for the next ‘expedition’.  It’s been a ‘Journey to Portugal’, with Saramago weighingContinue reading “Thank you, obrigada, muchas gracias y merci beaucoup!”

Encounters #5 Fernando Pessoa

“Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveller. What we see isn’t what we see but what we are.” Fernando Pessoa. By now it almost feels like I’ve met him personally. Travelling in Portugal, it seems hardly possible not to encounter this most iconic of Lisbon poets. Over the years, I’ve metContinue reading “Encounters #5 Fernando Pessoa”

From Reading to Riding

Times fly – never has it seemed more true to me. I had nowhere near finished reading all the books I wanted to read about Portugal, and had barely touched the surface of all the blogs there are to explore – about the country, adventuring and long distance cycling – when I found myself sittingContinue reading “From Reading to Riding”

Encounters #4 Gary Grasshopper

Gary Grasshopper or Luke the Locust? May I introduce you to Gary Grasshopper. This elegant individual belongs to the Acrididae, and there are 356 different species. Some of them are winged and others wingless, but all feed on grass and leaves and are active during the day. Gary’s antennae have less than thirty segments andContinue reading “Encounters #4 Gary Grasshopper”

Reading Countries: Journey to Portugal

All things going well, in exactly one month from today, I’ll be saddling up my trusted ‘Steppenwolf’ and start cycling. Viva Portugal, here we come! What better way to prepare for an upcoming journey, than to read about the destination? Not just travel books – novels, travelogues, short stories, crime fiction, anything goes… After aContinue reading “Reading Countries: Journey to Portugal”

Encounters # 3 Bubo, the Cape Eagle Owl

I met Bubo (Bubo Capensis) during an evening stroll and was happy when I realized he wasn’t scared of me. He didn’t even seem to think of flying away. He sat on his branch, orange eyes taking me in, as well as his surroundings, while the wind was playing in his ear tufts.  He lookedContinue reading “Encounters # 3 Bubo, the Cape Eagle Owl”