Author Archives: Lou

A Charmed Life

What a wonderfully​ charmed life I live! I sat on a tree trunk with knees bent like those pictures of woodland fairies on toadstools. It had fallen to the ground years ago and was now covered in a sprinkling of … Continue reading

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Sweden, Spokes and Setting Fire to the Tent (again)…

As we entered Sweden by boat from Helsinki and the ferry chugged its way through the channel that leads into Stockholm, we were blown away by the buildings that lined the sea front. Everything was beautifully designed and constructed, built … Continue reading

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Helsinki

We had arranged in advance to stay with Angel and Paula on Warmshowers, a spanish couple now living in Helsinki. We turned up outside their house on Saturday afternoon utterly exhausted. They were incredible. They welcomed us in to their … Continue reading

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Eat. Sleep. Bike. Repeat.

It has been eight days now since we struck out from Saint Petersburg on bicycles. We are yet to have a day off from cycling, or a proper shower, and it is beginning to show.  Today has been hard work … Continue reading

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Entering Europe Proper

After more than a year away from Europe, it felt amazing to re-enter, cycling beneath the familiar blue sign with a circle of stars that symbolises the EU, at the border into Finland.  Our last couple of nights in Russia … Continue reading

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The Tortoise and The Hare

We left Saint Petersburg three days ago and suddenly it felt like an entirely new trip! 🙂  All the hassle of my pannier rack breaking, the lack of fuel and my illness (which we now think was pneumonia) fell away … Continue reading

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A Shortened Tour

After a week in Almaty and a bicycle that finally seemed for for the job, Arron and I set off from Almaty with a plan. It might not have been the dream of cycling through Kazakhstan, but it would get … Continue reading

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New and Improved

Arron and I spent the best part of a week in Almaty, fixing my pannier rack, refixing it and generally tinkering and improving our bikes where we could.  In the end, I had to buy a second entire rear pannier … Continue reading

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An Emotional Rollercoaster

On Sunday morning I woke up, poured a coffee and stretched myself into the day with half an hour of yoga. The night before, Arron had shared his worries about going back to the UK so soon, with no job … Continue reading

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Karakol

There are few places that I visit for such a short time that I fall in love with, but it has to be said, this small mountain town in the midst of central Asia is one of them.  I cannot … Continue reading

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