November 5, 2015

July 30, 2015

Photo & Video Finish and Balance Sheet in... (Rheinberg - 9009 km)

Zigzag Ride Sucevița - Moldovița on DN17A

Distance: 9,009 kilometers = 5,598 miles
Travel period: 07.06.2014 - 27.07.2013 = 51 days
Difference in temperature: 11°C = 52°F (Red Lake) / 40°C = 104°F (Bucharest)
Photos: more than 3,300
Traffic tickets: none
Major Problem: Punctured tire in Ladyzhyn (tire change in Odessa)
Bakshish: affordable
Travel expenses: Don't ask!
Personal meetings: innumerable
Experiences: priceless
Fun factor and risk of repetition: extremely high

Stages (23 = 9,009 km = 51 days)

Photographic Supplement

It's time for an adventure!
Ceiling of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Bike Art in Lemberg
Lenin in Vinnytsia
Lavender Farm in Bulgaria
Street Art in Varna
Fair in Sozopol
Spectacular Bosphorus View
Istanbul Narghiles
Istanbul Scrap Dealer
Istanbul Guitars
Czernowitz Cable Tangle
Nepolokivtsi Headstone Art
Nepolokivtsi Street Life
Street Art in Romania
Next year in...?!

Photo Albums at OneDrive

July 28, 2015

Meeting Friends on the Way Home from... (Nuremberg - 8476 km)

(Nuremberg, 26.07.2015 - 27.07.2015) From Nuremberg I started the last stage of my ride on my way home and had the outstanding opportunity to meet friend, globetrotter and Czernowitz enthusiast Friedrich J. Ortwein in Hennef (Sieg). Friedrich is author of the booklet "Czernowitz - Jüdische Stadt deutscher Sprache" [Czernowitz - Jewish City of German Language].

But different from usual, it's not the guest but the host, who makes a generous present. From his latest journey to Alaska, Montana and Wyoming, more precisely from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody/Wyoming, Friedrich supplies unequivocal evidence, that William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody visited Czernowitz, namely on July 24-25, 1906.

Buffalo Bill received wide attention in the contemporary press, not necessarily in a very friendly manner, as you may track by the reading of following Czernowitz newspaper editions:

Well, thanks to Friedrich J. Ortwein, this posting closes the circle from the first travel log entry "Meeting Friends in Berlin", seven weeks and 7900 km earlier; the next one will be at my final destination back home in Rheinberg!

July 26, 2015

Strange Creatures in... (Vienna - 7921 km)

(Vienna, 24.07.2015 - 26.07.2015) From Arad in Romania, across Hungary, back to Western Europe, my first stop is Vienna. Very strange but apparently inoffensive creatures are populating the place in front of the Hofburg Palace and the Museumsquartier (MQ).

Have I spent too much time outside of Western Europe? What's wrong with it? All's right with the world! It's just the Vienna Nippon Nation Anime Convention for all nerds. It's all Greek to you? Ask your children, or even better, your grandchildren.

Nature Watch in Roșia Montană Enroute to... (Arad - 7380 km)

(Arad, 23.07.2015 - 24.07.2015) First time I've been in Roșia Montană was in June 2012 as per my posting "The Two Sides of the Gold Coin in...". Now, three years later, nothing has changed. Roșia Montană is still a dying town, a cluster of crumbling buildings and rutted roads at the end of a valley deep in Transylvania. The oft proffered notion that tourism could revive it is a fiction.

No visitors at the nature watch bench in Roșia Montană, but instead of this more than 635,000 visitors, who viewed the Romanian and another 65,000 visitors, who viewed the English version of Maia Morgenstern's most disturbing video clip "Save Roșia Montană".

It seems so, that a 14 years enduring environmental battle comes to an end, since the Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources admitted on 20.07.2015 in a press release that they have lost hope in ever mining Europe’s largest gold deposit. At the same time Gabriel Resources announced the submission of a request for arbitration at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.