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”

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The World in Books – 2018

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” —Anna Quindlen Each book is a journey through space and time, allowing a glimpse into other worlds and their stories. A possibility to discover new countries, continents, universes. An opportunity to connect with different, oftenContinue reading “The World in Books – 2018”

Encounters #6 Swallows – Andorinhas

“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings.” – William Shakespeare If it’s true that one swallow does not make a spring, as Aristotle already knew, does it then mean that many swallows do make summer? That should mean that wherever I go in Portugal, there’s eternal summer, for the swallows are everywhere. BlueContinue reading “Encounters #6 Swallows – Andorinhas”

A little Arctic Adventure

Sitting on the Inlandsbanan somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Swedish Lapland and heading south, I am saving my legs a good thousand kilometers of riding through forest and wilderness. A pity perhaps, but sometimes time, although elastic, is of the essence and choices have to be made. But let me start at theContinue reading “A little Arctic Adventure”

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!”

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”

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 #2 – Jiminy Cricket

When out and about, adventuring, experimenting, traveling or simply walking, I’m often amazed at the sheer variety and beauty of what I encounter along the way. At the same time I feel humbled, because I realize how little I know. So:
“Open your eyes, take note, read up – and learn something new.”
Randomly, random facts, at random times.