Tuesday, June 17, 2008
It was a good trip and I have learned a lot from it. To get some of this giant mound of wisdom, just visit me and I'll tell you something.
However, the most important things are these:
1) Always travel with a canvas bag
2) Just ask someone
Hope you liked it.
ps. it will be really interesiting to see how long this blog survives. One would think that these bytes would stay around forever somewhere, but I know they won't. Who knows, the Shawdyssey might be a must read in 5000 CE...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Enter a new theme into the tour== EURO 2008.
We have gotten to see most of every game so far. There has been good play all around, but the Netherlands has captured my heart -as well as everyone elses- so far. We have just spent a day and a half in Austria (or Australia as dad called it once). I guess there were also 5 days in Hungary without a blog post, but you'll just need to seek me out for those stories...
yes, so Austria. We bypassed Vienna even though we were in the area because of the EURO 2008 crowds. We were sad for a bit, but we've learned to cheer ourselves up with pastries. We eat a lot of pastries people. Like, one time dad ordered two pastries for himself at one backery. DAD! But as they say, if you're biking all day everyday, then you're entitled to as much butter and sugar as you darn well please thank you very much.
We crossed the border into the Czech republic this morning, but just before we ran across this:
It was entirely deserted up there. We walked around it for about half an hour and then got on our bikes and kept on riding. Its near a town called Staatz, I think. So bike touring goes.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
The last two nights (in Agnita and Turda) we have stayed in the only hotel we could find, which in both cases was a 30-50 room fortress built in the Soviet Era.
Neither of these towns have much of a Tourist industry, so were were the only customers. Also in both cases we were offered a meal in their vast dining room. The first night we turned it down as too weird, but the second night we were so loopy from riding that we tried it for a lark. We had a baked cheese, two salads, two plates of polenta, a basket of bread and a "Mix Grill" a piece, which had mashed potatoes, sausage, pork, and two types of liver. Jesse, I keep on trying your "wonder-meat", but it keeps on tasting like pencil lead.
Over the last 4 days we have ridden over 500km including a 1200m pass. Dad's computer has reset so many times now that we don't know anything exactly and the distances on the roads never correspond with those on the map, so all that is certain is that it has been a lot. We consider ourselves to be about halfway between Bucharest and Budapest at this point. The town of Brasov seemed interminably far away at one point and now it is 250km behind, so we are hoping that Budapest does the same thing.
Friday, May 30, 2008
The Romanian national elections are on June 1, so I get a chance to see deseprate campaigning in action. There are banners and posters and stickers everywhere, and yesterday I saw a dirtbike convoy supporting the PSD. This evening in Brazov, we ate down the way from the central square. As the evening lit up the spire of the age old church and saxon buildings, the sqaure was awash with Romanians enjoying their friday night by going to a political rally. This wasn't any rally either. This was an open air disco to benefit the PS-L, for which I know nothing more than their orange color. This muct be a very liberal party, because the main act was a Romanian queen of House techno who was dancing in a way that would make Democrats blush and Dick Cheney die. Daft Punk for Prez! The citizens seemed to eat it up though. I saw plenty of orange shirts walking away afterward.
Now into the heart of Transylvania. I watched Werner Herzog's Nosferatu while in China, so I know what to do if our next hostel is in a ruined castle.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
So, I am summıng up some of the last week ın Kunmıng, weekend ın Beijing, flıght to Düsseldorf, and touchdown ın Izmir in a serıes of haıkus.
Went to embassy
"pass sewn with new pages please"
"need word from DC"
Chinas where people cross
the street when ever they want
here we wait- so lame
I eat müslıx
ten bowls- stıll not satısfıed
need rıce ın the morn
If you dont thınk that haıkus are buılt lıke that, youll have to revıew. They just changed the standardsç
We depart on the bıkıng adventure tomorrow. the shakedown run today was encouragıng. Ill be checkıng ın as much as possıble as we roll up the Aegean.