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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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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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