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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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Questions and climbs

Questions and climbs

We entered Montenegro from Serbia a couple of days ago and – no matter how much we struggle on the climbs – this country is just stunning. Mountains and mountains and mountains as far as you can see, covered with the intense october sunlight and the changing autumn colours. On the secondary roads we try to take most of the time just us, cows, sheeps and the surrounding landscapes. We are finding a new rhythm: less kilometers for each day…

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Crossing the Balkans (about two weeks on the road)

Crossing the Balkans (about two weeks on the road)

It’s hard to find a starting point to write: days have been so full since the very beginning that is seems longer than it has really been. We’ve been traveling for just two weeks, we’ve cycled about 600 kms (or a little bit more) and crossed three borders (if we count the Croatian one, after we got out of the ferry from Italy). We were walking the streets of Belgrade in the last two days and we were talking about…

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We started! (But when a trip starts for real?)

We started! (But when a trip starts for real?)

On the ferry from Ancona to Zadar we were asking ourselves when a trip starts for real (we still do not know, I guess). We were also thinking that it is almost impossible for us, now, to realize what we just started. So far, it’s just nice cycling in Croatia. But thinking about the long term, there are a few things we need to get used to and we need to adjust: mechanical and electronic details, the timing (like: how…

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Notes from the flat-workshop

Notes from the flat-workshop

In the last few months, our attic has become our base camp: workshop to get the bikes ready, office to share ideas, gather informations and, as always, old and new friends camping in the little left space. We told ourselves that it would have been nice to talk about the trip before it started, the way it took shape in our minds and in our chats. We were thinking about a long trip for a long time, we started to…

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