Great Britian

Ah Great Britian, home to my Queen, fish and chips, over crowded trains, cadburys chocolate, sausage rolls and pies, many australians around… wait… yes its true the cultural histories of our two countries are so close, you cant go 10 metres in London without tripping over some other Aussie.

Ive been in England for a week doing some teaching and this evening I am off to Switzerland for the weekend and then on Monday down to a very special place for me.. Loobs! Man I miss Slovenia, all the nice people, all those bureks, it will be good to be back amongst my people then (for the next week Ill claim unwavering alegance to Serbia, Im with you Vladimir!). After a week there im back to Frankfurt to teach and then, I dont know, 2 week is far too far in the future to be planning, come on!

Im having an awesome time, Im out doing good work, visitng my friends and having a load of fun. I even enjoyed England… which I didnt think I would. I always freak out on my first day back here, Im walking around and I can UNDERSTAND everyone again. Its surreal, I feel like Im walking down the street poking into peoples lives just because I can hear them.

Tally Ho old chaps, Ive got a flight to Zurich!

Cultural Learnings Of… Remembering The Point

This ad for Saku Kuld is Gold, Gold for Estonia!

Cultural Learnings Of… Propaganda Comes In All Shapes and Sizes

I found this in the window of the Russian embassy in Tallinn, underneath is a photo collection of rather gruesome photos of the conflict.

It Is Good To Be Home

To My Dear Flatmate On Her Birthday

Ein Tag Am Der Nürburgring

You Keep Telling Me…

You all keep telling me Frenchies are rude but I am just not believing it!

So i got back to the airport today… walked down the road and… the car was there! Also it hadnt been broken into! Great success!

I am feeling a bit dodgy about the whole thing and while I was packing my things a guy came over and talked to me, he owned a business about 100 meters away. He basically said it is a very dangerous area, the police had been cruising past checking the car out and if I ever flew again, I was free to park the car inside his lot! Who says the French arnt nice? How about the guy who helped us at the petrol station? It was Sunday, we had no fuel and they only had automated petrol pumps…. and our credit cards wouldnt work… so we asked the Frenchie guy filling up his Renault if we could give him 20 euros and we used 20 euros from his credit card… and he agreed! Thats awesome. Im all with you frenchie people, I had an awesome time in your country and you sure do know how to bake a chocolate croissant. Good times!

Cycling Champagne

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No, not cycling WITH Champagne, cycling IN Champagne! Lucy and I finished our weekend at Bernies and tracked inland to just outside Epernay, which is smack in the center of the Champagne region and let me tell you…. they know how to make a good drop there.

The setting was perfect, we camped in a small site on the side of a hill next to a vineyard, the rolling hills of the area were all around us and we feasted on more local food. It possibly helped I hadnt had coffee for several days but I can say I was truly chillaxed, happy to just be in the moment and the nature around me.

Then of course I set off on old Frenchie for what I had really come here for (not the plonk), its cycling time!

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Hot diggity, I bought a local map and planned out that sucker to go up as fast as possible and ride the ridge line. Now I am no cartographer and I thought… hmmm maybe 65km?? So I did the ride and it was an amazing, arse tearing day riding through the countryside. It took me 7 hours and when I got back I ate food, drank water and passed out asleep for an hour. Then I felt awesome. After I got back to a computer I punched my route into google maps as above and saw it was indeed 100km even… on old frenchie. oh man.. I am enjoying getting back to these old bikes. Most bike stores these days about all kinds of latest gucci bikes and equipement, which are fine if you are going for a best lap time, but if you want some exercise, isnt riding something a new notches down from the top just as good?

After reluctantly leaving Epernay I drove over to Beavis in france where the ryanair airport is and flew to Sweden for a few days. I left the Volvo on the side of the road, kind of next to some guys field… I hope its still there when I get back.

Tomorrow I am back to see if my pride and joy is now in several hundred pieces distrubuted across dodgy workshops in France. Assuming this hasnt happened, I am off to a country I have never been before… can you believe it? In Western Europe? its true, Luxembourg! (not to be confused with Lichtenstein which is the raddest place on earth). I dont know whats happening in Luxenbourg but I have 2 days to figure it out. after this I am going somewhere I have definitly been before.. maybe you remember it…

YOU KNOW IT. Its time to hit the Nürburging again! for my new friends you can see my original visit in 2006 here at the old Eurotrip2006 website. In those days I hired a dedicated BMW and did 10 hot laps around the famous old track. This time most of my finances have been invested in Belgium beer companies so it will be a few scenery laps in the new Eurotank. I am camping there friday and saturday night and the ring is open Saturday evening and Sunday day. In the other times I have a chance to cycle the beautiful region around the track and catch up with all the hot cars and cool drivers who are also attending. The last time I was here it was one of the best days of my life and this time I cant wait to soak up more of the atmosphere.

After Nürburg I am off to Hamburg for a week to teach and meet up with an old friend, I am sure you remember this guy

(bucket optional extra, model seen here without p0k0r laptop)

France, Luxembourg, Germany… and then into Swiss, Italy and Slovenia… You. Know. It!