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Facing Harassment on the Road. Safety as a Female Traveller.

A week ago I got harassed by a man here in Albania. What happened was that I walked to the river we were (wild)camping at to wash myself and there was a man who beckoned me over, so I went to say hello. Like, you know, a polite person. After the usual awkward attempt of saying good morning without having a common language I told him I didn’t understand what he was saying, with a smile and a I don’t understand hand gesture. Mind you, what I described so far is an almost daily occurrence for us. Most people we meet […]

Who Let the Dogs Out?

As you might have gathered, I am more of a cat person. Dogs are not to be trusted. I like them best when they are not barking, not drooling, not moving and not stinking. Basically when they’re sleeping. Unfortunately, that’s not the kind of dog that you meet as a cyclist. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about bicycles that sends dogs into a wild, frenzied, blinding rage that literally makes them jump in front of cars just so they can chase you down the road. Maybe it is because our legs resemble slowly rotating sausages? Or because they think […]

Packing Lists Are Lies: Here’s What’s REALLY in our Panniers

Before our departure I spend hours and hours researching packing lists of other cyclists and composing my own. At one point there were six different drafts saved on my computer, including a “PackList v3.6finalFINAL” which of course wasn’t the final one at all. From the ultralight to the ultraheavy, I compared them all. How many pairs of socks were they bringing? How many USB cables? Which spare parts? What brand was their sleeping bag? And what about a sweater? How many pairs of underwear? Should you bring underwear at all? So much wasted time. Even though “PackList v3.7thefinalest” more or less resembled what actually […]