Turkish sketches (of hospitality and letting go, a lot of çay and gratitude)

Turkish sketches (of hospitality and letting go, a lot of çay and gratitude)

Entering Turkey meant a new stage in our journey, not just because we left Europe for Asia, the continent we’ll be cycling for the months to come. Sure, Europe – even in its Balkan way – is familiar to us whereas Turkey is new. But there’s more. First: hospitality. We had been told about but we weren’t expecting what we’ve found: Turkish people are welcoming and warm and helpful beyond imagination. And second: letting go (or how our minds changed…

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Arrivederci, Mediterraneo!

Arrivederci, Mediterraneo!

I’ve always felt the Mediterranean as part of what I am. I think that there is a shared feeling among the people who’s countries look onto the sea that the Romans used to call “mare nostrum” (our sea); like a common sensitivity, maybe not always noticeable or clear, sometimes just laying behind the surface. Mediterranean: “in between the lands”. Which lands? Africa, Asia, Europe. Three continents and a lot of history. I remember a map I bought while I was…

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Ma va’ là! Pedala! The first podcast from our bike trip is all about… sounds!

Ma va’ là! Pedala! The first podcast from our bike trip is all about… sounds!

It took us about 2 months, 3.000 kilometers, lots of recordings, a few discussions and a quiet afternoon in a beautiful house that Firat (from Warmshowers) left for us in a small village on (our) way from Izmir to Istanbul… but here we are! The first episode of our podcast is ready for you to listen. It’s almost “live”: we didn’t want to spend more time than needed to make it sound like a professional work because we are not…

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Greece from north to south, time with friends and fragments from the road

Greece from north to south, time with friends and fragments from the road

So finally here we are: Athens. For all those traveling east is a long (and maybe non-sense) detour, but not for us. Sophia and Edu were waiting for us and we were looking forward to meet them again: last time we were together was eight years ago, in Bologna. Sharing time with them and their kids, being part of their everyday life with our out-of-the-ordinary presence, their hospitality and the sense of belonging, of being home: strong and warm feelings,…

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Working on the website: new languages management

Working on the website: new languages management

We are taking our time in Athens also to fix some issues on the website. There is now a new system to switch from one language to the other: we are using categories (English – Italiano – Français) to keep the three separate instead of the plug-in we used before. The website will show all the languages to everybody, no matter your browser or your location but you can move from one to the other just browsing through categories. We…

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À travers les Balkans (en photos)

À travers les Balkans (en photos)

On est en Grèce depuis deux jours et on a eu le temps – enfin ! – de publier quelques images de notre periple à travers les Balkans. La beauté : des routes, des rencontres, du camping en hauteur, des couleurs d’automne qui nous entourent… Voici juste quelques traces de toute cette beauté. La galerie a été publiée dans la section anglaise du site, donc il suffit de suivre ce lien pour voir toutes les photos. N’oubliez pas qu’on a…

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Attraversando i Balcani (in foto)

Attraversando i Balcani (in foto)

Ora che siamo entrati in Grecia abbiamo creato una galleria fotografica con un po’ di immagini del nostro mese attraverso i Balcani. Bello, a tratti talmente bello da lasciare senza fiato. Anche se in salita a volte pensiamo di non farcela più e ci chiediamo perché lo stiamo facendo: ma in fondo lo sappiamo, la bellezza è sempre lì, a portata di pedali. Gli incontri, la gentilezza delle persone. I campeggi in quota con cieli stupendi e le discese quasi…

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