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 it is
Why is the Rusian train sooo damn expensive? Why isn’t it possible to reserve a place for our bikes in the luggage wagon and why is it uncertain if there will be a luggage wagon anyway? “Just because it is”, the lady at the travel agency in Kazachstan told us. And she did not even mention that we would need to bribe the train manager. Something we took in account after our train experience in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. I wasn’t looking forward at all to board and bribe four more times (Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw, Amsterdam). The inconvenience ahead -bribing-damaging-boarding-stress- was stronger than my environmental principles.
Practice what you preach
Just after crossing the border of Iran, we met three students with the same inspiration to explore sustainable travel. But with a little more dedication. Anja, Milan and Philip rode their bicycles to experiment, test and experience how you can travel and live sustainably at the same time. Read their story on www.re-cycling-eurasia.com.
The re-cyling trio stated on their website that “A ‘violation’ of one of their principles” would not be a failure. They’d rather ask themselves the question, “does it work or does it not?” At the end, I believe the world is better of with people with (environmental-)principles. Even if they violate them now and then. We all need to at least least recognize we have only one planet and that we’re currently ‘smoking’ it up. Not everybody is strong enough to never leave principles. I’m not strong enough to never leave my principles. And I think that if I keep trying to do ‘the right thing’ rather than give up disillusioned with myself, the world will be better of. What about you?