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Eenwording met de natuur

Na het bijzondere bezoek aan Mount Athos vertrok ik naar de volgende magisch plek in Griekenland. Vanaf Thessaloniki fietste ik 300 kilometer richting richting de Turkse grens. Z’n 50 kilometer voor de grens in Alexandroupolis, pak ik de boot naar dit bijzondere eiland. Van Griekse vrienden heb ik gehoord over dit “hippie” eiland en dat wilde ik natuurlijk met eigen ogen zien. Na 3 uur varen kom ik aan in…

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Into the land of Virgin Mary, Mount Athos

Another very special experience, Mount Athos. The holy land is the third finger of the Greek peninsulas and only accessible for man. Virgin Maria declared this land as sacred, ever since 20 Orthodox monasteries are based here. One of the beautiful things for me about traveling is that i have the change to experience different cultures and religions. Unless I’m not religious i was very curious about Mount Athos. This…

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A new start, a new book.

Chapter 1. Jeej I’m on my way again. With mixed feelings I’m getting in the bus to get back where my journey ended. My bike is hanging on the back of the bus waiting for her first journey. My head is still spinning and energy is running trough my veins. After a impressive visit at the Princess Maxima Centre and saying goodbye to the lovely people around me, i look…

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He, we’re going to Ibiza!

Het is een tijdje stil geweest. Met als reden dat ik weer even terug in Nederland ben en er nogal veel op mij af kwam. Een bijzondere ervaring op zich zullen we maar zeggen. Na alles wat ik mee gemaakt heb afgelopen 9 maanden is het bijzonder om terug te zijn in eigen land. Daar waar alles bekend is. Het niet hoeven zoeken naar een slaapplek, niet hoeven aftasten wie…

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A weekend in paradise!

After the hectisch period of the last weeks i Neede Some rest. To pull back and being surround by nature, this does me good! And exactly now a group of friend of my host / friend was about to go this magical place. A abandoned hotel with hot springs, a river and 15 minutes walking from the beach. Before i could go there i had a meeting with the mayor…

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From negative to positive!

It was by far the most crazy week of my journey. After my phone also my bike and gear got stolen. I felt so down I had no idea what to do! I got in contact with the Greek media to try to find my bike back. It went way bigger than I expected and it did go viral. I was on every big tv channel and even the public…

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Bike stolen in Greece

After my phone got robbed the drama continued. My worst nightmare became reality, my bike got stolen. When I was still recovering from the robbery i started looking for a new phone. I went to the city centre to a shop called Public in the most busy street of Thessaloniki. I locked my bike extra save with 2 locks and went into the store. When i came back I couldn’t…

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Robbed

During traveling, things happing which you cannot predict from the couch back home. Till now it looked all like a happy story but I cannot lie  about that there are also less happy moments. Everything flows up and down like waves of the sea. But sometimes it’s storms and you almost can’t control the boot from sinking. At the moment it feels like I’m on one of those boats. Heavy…

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Man on the couch

Since the end of Februari i spend my time in the capital of Greece, Athens! I really enjoyed the city. It’s a very diverse city. Besides the touristic part with al the historical ruins there is a rough city ruled by anarchist. The fact that you have on one side the romance of the ruins and on the other side the graffiti and streets where the police can’t come is…

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First crash!

2 weeks ago i left Albania and crossed the border with Greece. After a couple weeks of no cycling it was kind of tough to start pedalen again. Luckely the first part was pretty flat. After 2 days of cycling i meet up with my friend Kyle in Preveza. Kyle and i met in Sarandë, Albania. Together we cycle towards Athens. Heavy wind and rain is hitting us and the…