Moldova – Energy Profile

Moldova, excellent at harnessing the energy of the sun for winemaking, is one of the poorest and most energy-dependent countries in Europe. Landlocked by Ukraine on one side and Romania on the other, it imports all its supplies of petroleum, coal and natural gas, largely from Russia. Remarkable facts OUT OF REACH HYDRO/ENERGY: The Dubasari Dam, […]

Poland – Energy Profile

In Poland energy is available and affordable for almost everyone, but it’s far from sustainable and comes with heavy dependency on Russian suppliers. A few facts about Poland and energy stand out: Remarkable facts OVERLY OPTIMISTIC: Recent discovery of enormous shale gas supplies awed many investors; however, even more recently, estimates of shale gas potential needed correction: […]

Fossil Energy: understandably addictive

Human kind has known for long that it is fighting a giant rat race. In billions of years our planet will inevitably fall apart. Not partly, but completely. Fortunately, we have some time until that happens. Till then, available energy sources help us reorganize and keep structures in place. They help us live our life […]

Maps, visa and vaccination

Three months cycling, crossing so many borders asked for some inevitable preparation. Martine and I made a deal: I fixed our bikes and Martine fixed the 7 visa we needed for the 13 countries we’ll visit. Together, we took a subscription on vaccination and spread some maps to wonder. Maps – paper or electronics? Paper maps will […]

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 […]