September 30, 2009

What amazes me more than anything about Berlin is that I was actually 13 when on the 9th November 1989 they started to take the  wall down dividing East and West.  I was completely oblivious to it all with the only small bit of memory being a boy from school who had brought a colourful piece of the Wall in to show everybody. My interest in the significance of this event was superseded by girls, parties and the next episode Neighbours and Home and Away. Read the rest of this entry »

The Journey or the Goal?

September 29, 2009

People travelling I find generally seem to fit into one of two camps:

love the journey

love getting to the goal

(or occasionally staying in bed)

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Riding the White Line

September 29, 2009

One of the best ways we learn is when we make a mistake and today I did just that by attempting a German fast single carriageway. Not quite an autobahn but it didn’t feel far off. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to my office

September 29, 2009

I love visiting the bäckerei as I travel from place to place. In Havelberg I was fortunate enough to find myself holed up for 2 hours in one with an excuse of pouring rain to sit, admire, taste and smell freshly baking delicacies.

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Ecowarrier – You really are Myles Away

September 28, 2009

Solitary cycling for longer lengths of time I start to realise that some seemingly profound thoughts and rhythms can start to circulate through the mind.  Unsure if it is something read, a connection made or conversation had, it can be really quite entertaining but probably dangerously too ‘deep’.

Anyway all that said, the following crossed my mind so Im going to record it. I do not know how this will read since it is a dramatic simplification of a personal reflection & feeling that all occurred in a moment.  Ive only got a limited vocabulary and grammar so unfortunately any expression must be limited and unfortunately extremely flowery. Read the rest of this entry »

Camping and Cycling Effectiveness and Efficiency

September 27, 2009

Setting off on a new trip of camping and cycling enables me to slowly perfect the art of a daily routine. Everyday I ask myself what could I do today that is better than yesterday and I reckon given the resources and tools I have available I am about 95% there. Future improvements now will only be able to be achieved by some technological advancements or kit upgrades. Read the rest of this entry »

The Squeak

September 27, 2009

The squeak can only be compared to what I can imagine of the torment of Tinnitus might give a person. But the squeak my bike vocalised for nearly 2 days nearly drove me to insanity. Read the rest of this entry »

Why are you laughing?

September 25, 2009

German is a difficult language. Apparently in my brief attempt to learn it I sound like I am trying to give it a Spanish accent which sounds ‘sweet’. I will persevere out of courtesy more than anything since I know everybody (certainly in the cities)  speaks English and in some cases have more vocabulary than I. Read the rest of this entry »

Berlin Wall East Side Gallery

September 24, 2009

The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is a 1.3km-long section of the wall near the center of Berlin. There are 106 paintings by artists from all over the world covering this memorial for freedom. This makes it the largest open air gallery in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Continental Beer Drinking

September 20, 2009

I did the research on average German’s drink 10.2 litres per head, the UK 11.2 litres per capita and this data doesn’t even include the under 15 age range which would bump up our figures even further. We win again 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »