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Xian to Labrang en-route to the Amdo Tibetans

By | 22nd August, 2015|Categories: Ancient civilizations, China, High mountains, West China|Tags: , , , , , |

Contemplating on our route through west China we noticed that we had a chance to experience the life of the Amdo Tibetans. So we quickly decided on going west from Xian instead of south to Chengdu. We were cycling from Xian to Labrang en-route to the Amdo Tibetans. This trip has been very interesting so we have [...]

From arid Gobi to lush Great Wall of China

By | 20th April, 2015|Categories: Ancient civilizations, China, North East China, Winter cycling|Tags: , , |

We took a day to settle back in to China, enjoy Chinese food and the bustling streets of Erenhot. This is a city in Inner Mongolia an autonomous region in China, also called Ereen or Erlian, where Susanne had been before on her way to Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy the photos Erenhot, the Chinese Gobi  and The road to Gubeikou There [...]

Tsagaan Sar, a different New Years celebration

By | 16th March, 2015|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Central Mongolia, Hospitality, Mongolia, Volunteering|Tags: , , , , , |

In Mongolia there are two major traditional holidays. One is in summer and is called Naadam, the other is in winter and is called Tsagaan Sar or white moon. Tsagaan Sar is the celebration of the Lunar New Year, following the same calendar as the Chinese New Year. The photos of this special celebration can be found [...]

The Wakhan valley with exciting views, roads and people.

By | 23rd October, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, High mountains, Southern Tajikistan, Tajikistan|Tags: , , , , , , |

We were excited the day had come Martin was feeling better from the Giardia Lamblia infection and it was our 8 months anniversary for the journey. We had to go and get on the road out of Khorog and cycle onwards to the Wakhan valley. The Wakhan valley we had heard from many people should be a [...]

The road to Samarqand

By | 9th September, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Eastern Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan|Tags: , , , , |

Traveling through Uzbekistan you can definitely feel the centuries old heritage of the trade along the silk road. The cities Bukhara and Samarqand are majestic and like from a storybook. The countryside is very different though and the people are a new dimension all together, please enjoy our story of the road to Samarqand. You can find [...]

Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan; a journey south without Mojo and Isaba

By | 3rd August, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Central-Southern Iran, Heat and desert, Iran|Tags: , , , , |

The days sorting out our visa in Tehran were stressful and hot. Somehow it all worked out very well for us and in two days of searching for embassies we had the visa we needed. If you wonder how and what, please read our post “Iranian and Central Asian visa Information”. Latest photos :  Tehran, Desert day, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and [...]

Towards the South-East of Turkey

By | 21st June, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Central Turkey, Off the beaten path, South East Turkey, Turkey|Tags: , , , |

Leaving Cappadocia towards the South-East of Turkey was tough after a few great days with friends and eating out a lot. At the same time we were looking forward to be back on the bike and in our bicycle rhythm. We had been looking forward to first Istanbul, then Ankara for our visa and Cappadocia because of [...]

Central Anatolia: centuries of diversity

By | 2nd June, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Central Turkey, Hospitality, Turkey|Tags: , , , , , |

The diversity of Turkey is huge. We have left the modern city of Ankara, cycled through parts of Central Anatolia and exchanged the city for very rural and traditional areas such as Selime and small villages south of Cappadocia. We came through Mustafapasa where traditional and modern mixes with each other in a very pleasant way. All [...]

Istanbul where we met Asia

By | 19th May, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Hospitality, Modern cities, Turkey, West Turkey|Tags: , , |

Istanbul is where we met Asia. We cycled in to Istanbul and straight to Sultanahmet, so we were sure that we were in Istanbul and get some great photos with the bikes. We were a bit tired after a bad camp spot in the outskirts of Istanbul and the heavy traffic, so next up was finding our [...]

Via Egnatia on the edge of Europe

By | 9th May, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Greece, Turkey, West Turkey|Tags: , , , , , |

The Via Egnatia is an old roman road we had been crossing and following since we entered Albania. Via Egnatia was the first road build by the romans outside Italy. We found it a nice thought that people had travelled this way for thousands of years and now we were here as well. As always we have a [...]