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Cycling in Taiwan: the long read

Cycling ‘the beautiful Island’ I’m puffing and sweating while climbing to the next corner. It’s not easy to cycle in this sultry, stuffy weather, this mountain I’m cycling on is situated on an island sharing the same climate as Hawaii. The air wraps me like a thick warm blanket while […]

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green papaya’s in green forests

Is that a dying whale? Oh no, it’s my stomach. It’s ready for another doses of calories to fuel my legs and my wanderlust. I just turned right from the highway 8 and find myself on quiet roads through sleepy villages. The cherry blossoms are shining bright colors with a […]

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Taiwan 101 (+ 9 km)

Today marks the first day of solitude on the road. I left the others to explore the south and I am making my way up north again back to Taipei/the hotel. No matter how good the company is, I do like to travel alone, independent, a lone ‘wolf’ stalking the […]

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Sun + Moon + Lake = epic bike trip

After crossing the central mountain range (3000m +) we left the east coast behind us and we’re now almost near the west coast. However, we are making a 1,5 day stop at the 6th most beautiful cycling road in the world according the CNN. Sun Moon Lake. Coincidentally, it’s also […]

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What more can a person ask for?

Taitung From here the cycling adventure started, route number “9” or the pacific ocean road. It’s the moment I’ve been looking forward to last months. Despite of (or lack of) the jetlag we started cycling around 8 ‘o clock in the morning. The two other ambassadors and me. This road […]

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First day in Taipei… Not good for my ego!

The plane welcomed me with soothing Chinese music, almost too soothing making it pretty eerie. Especially when the same music is playing at a godawful hour somewhere lost between timezones when visiting the bathroom in the middle of an articifial night. Besides the overly soothing music the flight was extremely… […]

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Life as a cycle courier in Bristol part 1

To earn a little bit of extra money, I decided to apply for a job besides my studies as a cycle courier in the city of Bristol. Getting paid to ride, was the slogan of the big company delivering food from a variety of restaurants. It appealed to me. Soon […]

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Cycling from Bristol to the Netherlands

A couple days before Christmas, my girlfriend and I had to leave the house and move out of Bristol back to the Netherlands within 3 days. I wrote a little informal story about it at the time; very informally written but still an interesting read! 345km of pavement and 5km […]

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5 running lessons to stay injury free in 2017!

Running and injuries. Sometimes it feels like these two can’t be separated from each other. Many beautiful days and summers have been lost because I was struggling with injuries in my foot or knee. Rest didn’t seem to work, after taking a month of complete rest, the first couple kilometers […]

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Cyclogeography: North of France

Last summer I cycled through North of France on my way to Portugal, this is my article about it. Cyclogeography: North of France The dew on our tents begins to drips as we slowly wake up, we pitched our tents last night near the French border town of Jeumont. But […]

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