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Anyone seen Dracula? – Transylvania’s Brasov, Romania

The central bus station in Brasov is small and crammed next to the train station. There’s not much room in between buses which makes it challenging to retrieve large items. (like touring bicycles and large Chinese shopping bags full of panniers!) The task is even more difficult due to the constant wave of people squeezing through every possible gap.  We had to ferry each...

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We Abandoned the Bikes in Moldova!

“Rust never sleeps.” Neil Young wrote about it, and Moldova is living proof! A tiny country, nestled between Ukraine and Romania, Moldova has a population of just over 4 million. Not so long ago Moldova, the former Soviet Republic enjoyed a booming wine industry. But, in 2006-2007, the largest importer of Moldovan wine, Russia, placed a total ban on it....

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The Mysteries of Minsk, Belarus

I’m really not sure what our expectations were of Belarus. As a former part of the USSR and still maintaining extremely close ties with Moscow, I guess I had some stereotypical images in the back of my mind. Drab grey communist block architecture, poorly stocked supermarkets and a dearth of Western influence, brands, and media. Perhaps we’d see dour citizens...

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Better In Our Pocket Than The Bank’s

 How we saved $1000 just by dissing our bank! Just a quick digression from the big bike ride to let you all in on something cool we just discovered. It’s saved us hundreds of $$$$’s and it can save you too. As per usual, we’ve been busily planning our next adventure while out on the road. Because we usually have...

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Heading to where the wind is born…

After our great experience with Latvian rural hospitality, we were mentally and physically rejuvenated. With significant fossil deposits in the adjoining valley, the temptation to stay another night at Plost Krog’s and do some fossicking was high for me (Tim). The attraction, however, was lost on Shazz, and we departed after breakfast the next morning, heading towards Kuldiga. The mornings ride was...

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Roaming Latvia’s Capital – Riga

Unlike Tallinn, Riga’s Old Town is not confined within a wall. It spreads out to cover a much larger area. especially when you include the well-preserved Art Nouveau District. Something to consider when you’re planning your strategy to see the sites. It is, however, every bit as beautiful as the Estonian capital and has also been designated a UNESCO World...

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Road to Riga – Cycle Tour Latvia

One of the most difficult things for us to believe when we crossed the Estonian-Latvian border was that we’d only cycled a total of about 300km in Estonia. Compared to Australia, the Baltic States are tiny. That being said it was late afternoon and still about 120 km to Riga, so we would need two stops along the way. Handy...

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