I Can Make You Famous

December 1, 2009

In an age where the monstrosity of pointless celebrities take over our airwaves and headlines;  Big Brother, X-Factor and Paris Hilton’s My New Best Friend Forever are just not going to be enough to satisfy the needs of a fame craving population.

I have a solution that may take the pressure off the more traditional methods.

In just 3 months I have become a local celebrity phenomenon from Hungary through half a continent into Turkey.

  • Do you want the adoration of screaming kids on bicycles and constant beeping of car and lorry horns?
  • Do you want to command free cups of tea and gifts of chocolate from passers-by?
  • Do you want  to be the center of attention with inquisitive questions and smiles?
  • Do you want to be hot property with offers of a private nature and invitations to meet the most highly esteemed local officials?

If the answer to these questions is ‘Yes’ then just follow my secret fame producing instructions:

  1. Get a bike
  2. Dress up in some colourful gear
  3. Cycle to the places where people don’t care about rubbish TV and Paris Hilton
  4. Learn the words for “Hello” “Please” and “Thank you” in your chosen place
  5. Practise riding with one hand whilst waving
  6. Keep smiling 😉

You Only Have 7 Seconds to Make a First Impression

November 12, 2009

This is what I was always told and if I had used this rule for my first 7 seconds judgment of Serbia it would not be getting a very good write-up. Stern looking unfriendly border guards precisely matched my mental stereotype of a Serb. My mental processing immediately raised the “don’t ever trust a Serb” flag. Read the rest of this entry »

Dash For the Border

October 20, 2009

What will I remember of the Czech Republic?

I cycled through the romantic sounding North and South Bohemia. It really does have some beautiful spots once you get away from the some of the heavy industry in the north. Although not blessed with the greatest weather the best times were those spent alone riding through the rustic villages and country side.  The highlights being riding through settling snow high on the forested hills and watching wild dear bouncing  through farmland. Despite some really beauty to look at I have really struggled with the people. I accepted that in the capital Prague they may be more stand offish with large numbers of tourists and stag parties but unfortunately I really have struggled to connect. Read the rest of this entry »