Author: Daaf

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Georgian Pothole Shuffle

Finially, Georgia! The first ‘new country’ on this trip for me. We say good bye to the Turks and are smoothly waved in to Georgia, still feeling warmed by the welcome we got in Turkey. this warmth disappears quickly though, in the first village a young guy makes a kick like move towards us, a…

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The Grand Artvin Hotel

Our last two few days in turkey take us to Artvin, a mountain town that resembles mountain towns everywhere, but then being completely different from all the places I’ve been to so far. The ride up here took us up along the Black Sea for a while, the weather getting steadily better. We’d picked a…

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Survival of the wettest

I am being attacked, by water. Drops are pelleting me, drenching me to the very core. But, for the first time today it’s good, warm water instead of the relentless rain that chased us through central and eastern Turkey today. We left Istanbul and the west two days ago, making our way across Turkey. I…

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Istanbul hotels

While traveling we’ve developed a system for finding places to stay. We use booking.com to find hotels in the area, we filter by rating: anything lower than an eight must mean a few serious negative reviews, so they’re out. Then we sort by price and start looking at pictures. We do not book, we just…

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The kindness diet

Greek yogurt, and honey, and some olive oil, I think those might just be the main ingredients to the kindness diet. Or maybe it’s something in the air, the Ouzo, or maybe the Greeks are just decent people. Whatever the cause, they are incredibly friendly, helpful, hospitable and kind. We are almost at the end…

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In a hurry

In a hurry, we left in a hurry. So much of our pre-departure-focus was on getting the motorcycles done and the visa sorted that in the end I had to pack and leave before I was truly ready for it. So, I left home deadly tired and nowhere near as organized as I would have…

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Like Hannibal

Somewhere on the list of things you should not see while riding a motorcycle is people carrying skis and snowboards, I wanted to take a picture, but was too busy freezing. We, me and Pepijn, are on our way to Mongolia, on motorcycle. The preparations took forever, getting the bikes ready, trying to sort out…

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Six weeks and counting (down)

After months of planning and preparing, departure is getting very near. Only six more weeks to get the final things done, and at the moment we only have one of our visas sorted. We feared getting our Iranian visa might be difficult, but a single trip to the embassy in The Hague and a two…

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