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Uzbekistan, a country in between past and future

Uzbekistan, a country in between past and future

After rushing through Turkmenistan, the first feeling when we crossed the border into Uzbekistan was: relax! Less kilometers and the time for a cold beer, as a kind of a reward. The more we travel East the less we know about the countries we are cycling through: on the good side, this gives us fresh eyes to look at what we see and experience. We like to talk to the people we meet, ask them questions and learn about the…

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Time trial Turkmenistan (the country you cannot discover on a bike)

Time trial Turkmenistan (the country you cannot discover on a bike)

We knew it would have been a challenge – and it was – but we were ready. Given the fact that we crossed Turkmenistan on a 5 days transit visa we couldn’t learn much about it or experience its life and culture, but I guess that’s somehow what they want: you can get a tourist visa only if you book a guided tour (and that was not in our plans). For all the others it’s just transit, no matter the…

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Comics! Again! Because there’s a presence riding with us… “The drop”!

Comics! Again! Because there’s a presence riding with us… “The drop”!

It could have been an horror story, but it’s not, even if it can be scary, sometimes, maybe at night… Anyway. Kilometer after kilometer we noticed a presence with us. Well, actually we noticed it right away but, anyway. Maybe a good check by a nose and throat specialist would have been enough, maybe before starting this trip, maybe. Anyway. It is what it is and now this presence is with us, it follows us, sometimes it flies on us,…

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Half time more than half way: our first six months on the road

Half time more than half way: our first six months on the road

Half time. Better, a little bit more than half time: we’ve been on the road for six of the eleven months we gave ourselves for this trip. It’s easier for us to count time instead of distance: we don’t know if we are half way to Mongolia and we don’t know if we are going to get there in the end or if we will pack our bikes to come back to Europe somewhere else. As we said from the…

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Ma va’ là podcast #3 Nowruz edition: music and more music (with two intermezzos)!

Ma va’ là podcast #3 Nowruz edition: music and more music (with two intermezzos)!

We don’t know if a bi-monthly recurrence is common for podcasts but it sounds like a good timing for us. This third podcast is mainly about music – with two different intermezzos. Recording conditions are never the best possible but, as you know, we have this punkish attitude that keeps telling us that it’s better to have something published for you to listen to instead of aiming for perfection (that never exists anyway). This podcast comes just a few days…

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“Four Turkish words”, a travel story for the World Nomads Writing Scholarship 2019 (+ the bizarre feeling of time in travel)

“Four Turkish words”, a travel story for the World Nomads Writing Scholarship 2019 (+ the bizarre feeling of time in travel)

A month has passed since we published something on this blog. But time is a bizarre entity when traveling like this (and even more since we’ve entered Iran). Furthermore, my writing was focused on two different projects: the first was a song that a friend asked me for his band‘s new album; the second one was a short travel story to apply for the World Nomads Writing Scholarship 2019. It’s about an adventure we lived in Turkey in November 2018,…

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Across Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan in pictures: take a look at our Facebook page

Across Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan in pictures: take a look at our Facebook page

We published just two photo galleries here on the website (Greece and the Balkans) after creating albums on our Facebook page. But photos increase in number and internet connections are not always fast enough: uploading pictures on Facebook and here takes a huge amount of time. Since our Fb page is public, even those of you who do not have an account can read what we write and take a look at the pictures as we post them. So here’s…

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Two very different days on the bike & cooking adventures abroad: the first comics about our trip are here!

Two very different days on the bike & cooking adventures abroad: the first comics about our trip are here!

Some of you may know that Mery has the gift of drawing and you may also know that she mainly uses it for her job, creating beautiful characters and images for her activities with children. She is not a professional but she has a great hand and an interesting out-of-the-box creative approach (that’s why she also helped me a few times when I was free-lancing in PR and marketing, many years ago). While I was working on the audio editing…

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Ma va’ là podcast #2 is here: of the absence of silence, Italian cooking, your imagination and many more sounds (well, a few)

Ma va’ là podcast #2 is here: of the absence of silence, Italian cooking, your imagination and many more sounds (well, a few)

Long time no speak! But here we are. A quiet afternoon/evening in Tbilisi, a few glasses of good wine and two months or recorded sounds: the second podcast from our trip is ready. We decided to keep the same format as the first one because we’ve had positive feedbacks and because we believe it’s a good way for us to share with you our experience on the road. The attitude is always “live” and DIY. Punkish. We are not aiming…

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Of kilometers, kindness and so many ways to live your life: our wishes for 2019

Of kilometers, kindness and so many ways to live your life: our wishes for 2019

Our friends know that we are not big fans of festivities, especially the ones you are supposed to be willing to celebrate (from birthdays and anniversaries to religious holidays…) but in the passage from one year to the next one there is something of a ritual, something symbolic – even if for many people we know the real new start is September. Anyway. Most of the time intimate and full of expectations (get rid of them!), the countdown to January…

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