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Crossing energy borders

This summer, we will travel for 3,5 months from Amsterdam to Almaty and back, by bicycle and public transport. It’s a simple trip, with a simple purpose: exploring energy borders, while finding the energy to keep going… It all started while we wondered about energy, deciding it was time to take action. Marijn Engels, professional creative “I was […]

Saying goodbye to GUILT = crossing energy borders

This blog post is a substitute of a blog post I wrote one week ago, called ‘taking responsibility – our travel miles and behavior’. What I literally wrote in this blog post was: “Inspired by all the churches and mosques we’ve seen, we feel the urge to confess in what other ways we travelled during […]

Russia – Energy Profile

Russia is the world’s biggest country in terms of territory – in citizens it ranks only 9th. It is home to the world’s largest reserve of fresh water (lake Baikal), longest river and 25% of the world’s forests. It has more neighbors than any other country and in its capital Moscow live more billionaires than […]

Violation of priciples

We made it home. By plane. With pain. After three months of peddling on a schedule, I was the one that was the weakest when deciding how to finish all the sustainable travel. I just couldn’t end this trip with uncertainty and stress. We boxed the bikes and boarded an air ship to Amsterdam over Moscow. Just because […]

Kazakhstan – Energy Profile

Kazakhstan was strategic for us – it was the farthest point of our trip and from here we headed back home – and for those interested in geopolitics. Kazakhstan is positioned to control oil and gas flows from Central Asia to the East and the West. Therefore, the European Union and Russia both try to be its friends. […]

Kyrgyzstan – Energy Profile

Kyrgyzstan is the second poorest country of the former Soviet Union and is still suffering from the Soviet Union collapse. In 1990, factories and state farms collapsed with the disappearance of their traditional markets in the former Soviet Union. Before 1990, some 98% of Kyrgyz exports went to other parts of the Soviet Union. Economic […]

People of the Pamirs

Just some pictures of the lovely people of the Pamirs. These are the people that kept us going with warmth, food and a smile. The hospitality we experience while travelling –definitely not only in the Pamirs– is positively mind blowing.

Bottom Blues? – 2

The sparsely populated Wakhan valley – a gorge with the Panj river dividing Afghanistan from Tajikistan – was scenic wise the nicest road so far. But it was also the hardest. Hard leather saddles proved to be a great solution to prevent bottom blues for hundreds of miles. But things get nasty as the road […]

Heat up that cow-shit, we want to shower

When we crawl out of our tent in the morning, next to a lake at 4200 meters, we’re mostly curious what the world around us looks like. The night was cold, with strong winds and snow. When we see the sun is out, busy melting the snow on our tent and bicycles, what follows is […]

Tajikistan – Energy Profile

This country will make us peddle hard! More than half of the country is situated at an altitude of 3000 km or higher. Tajikistan inhabitants live challenging lives: it is the poorest country of the former Soviet Union and one of the poorest countries in the world.  No less than 44% of the population lives below […]