Monthly Archives: July 2014

Poland

Despite the vast destruction the country experienced during World War II, it seems like Poland managed to preserve much of its cultural wealth and Krakow is a good example of that.

The one place in Poland we will always remember is Auschwitz . It is hard to find the right words to describe the feeling of being there; it almost felt wrong standing in the spot where the biggest genocide ever took place.
When you visit a site of such a horrific event, you can’t help but be touched by it in some way. Not sure we understand why we are drawn to ‘dark tourism’ sites – I have a feeling it’s just human nature – but as long as we continue to treat them with respect, and learn something from them, they are definitely worth a visit.

Music : fryderyk Chopin – Nocturno Op 9 Nº2

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The Baltic Countries

Rich in history are the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Considering the turbulent past all three have had in the last century (being invaded by  Soviets , Germans  and then the Soviets again!) they are a surprisingly friendly bunch who have been able to maintain their respective identities despite the severe repression they have endured.

Bike Without Borders – Blog Video 52 (L) from SAMt & Bike Without Borders on Vimeo.

Top of the world in Europe

As meaningless as it may be, there’s nothing quite like reaching the top or the bottom of somewhere. For the second time we once again reached the top of the world.

It was also a time for repairs and maintenance  and of course, taking time to catch up with old friends.

A special thanks to Timo & Tarja who gave us a very special Finnish welcoming to their summer cottage.

Bike Without Borders – Blog Video 51 (L) from SAMt & Bike Without Borders on Vimeo.

 

Norway – Right at the top

Not only does Norway reach the highest point in all of Europe, it also tops the list as one of the  most expensive country in the world. A whopping $3.00 a litre for fuel!  Needless to say, we were light handed on the throttle.

It also has some of the deepest and longest Fjords on our planet and an uncountable number of man made road tunnels which we seemed to spend endless hours riding through.  But wow, what a beautiful place!

 

Blog Video 50 from SAMt & Bike Without Borders on Vimeo.