Not Edited Yet #17 — Practice

The second stop in my four-day hitchhiking journey to Potcoava Mountain Hideaway was the town of Onești, Romania.

My host Silviu was a rather inspiring character — he didn’t say much, and most of what he did say would come in small collected bits such as what you will hear at the end of that day’s clarinet practice — that’s enough, isn’t it?


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Not Edited Yet #15 — Excerpt from Bucharest Talks

In December ’17 i had, for the first time, the amazing opportunity to share my cycle touring experience with an audience. I gave two talks in Bucharest, organized with the help of friends.

The very first one was courtesy of my friend Sori, a fellow hopelessly itching traveler who offered her living room and connections, enabling one of my most encouraging evenings to date — thank you, Sori! The video below is an excerpt from that talk.

Make sure you also check out Sori’s channel! She recently came back from Senegal, and processed her experience into a travel documentary — Confessing Senegal.


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Not Edited Yet #10 — Rapeseed Fields Forever!

One of my favorite parts of cycling in Spring is the rapeseed fields — though some of them might be canola — i cannot tell the difference :p

This was shot in April ’17 in the Romanian countryside during my latest cycle tour, the North Cape Hypothesis.


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Not Edited Yet #9 — I’m Bananas!

This one was also shot during my latest cycle tour, the North Cape Hypothesis.

It sounded like a great idea when i started doing it — and it was indeed my best cycle touring decision once a hairdresser fixed it the next day! What a relief.

I don’t want to talk about the 12 hours in between.


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Not Edited Yet #8 — Math Is Bananas!

Pencil and paper mathematicians’ days are numbered — this is the future — breaking down Euler’s identity on a banana!

I can’t seem to find the original — this was shot by my friend Anca, from Bucharest, and i believe she used her phone — thank you for registering this important moment on the interface between my mathematical and cycle touring careers!!


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Not Edited Yet #7 — More Cycling in Bucharest!

Seriously, cycling in Bucharest is lots of fun! This is a bit of what it looks like from my kitchen pannier‘s perspective.

This was shot while i was moving between hosts within the city, and my bike was fully loaded — the guy who talked to me at the traffic light probably didn’t mean, “where are you going right now?” — the conversation might have turned out a lot more interesting had i answered, “to Norway!”

Oh, well …


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Not Edited Yet #6 — Bucharest Cycle March ’17

Although just cycling in Bucharest is already fun, period, doing that at a Critical Mass event with my friends Lulu and Ioana on closed streets with hundreds (maybe thousands) other cyclists was even better!


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Not Edited Yet #5 — Semi-Wild Camping in Romania

A panoramic description (at sunset) of one of my campsites in Romania, on top of a hill along the Danube River, between Drobeta-Turnu Severin and Craiova.

This video was taken in April ’17 during my latest cycle touring project, the North Cape Hypothesis.


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Trelograms #8 — Is It Really Broken, or You’re Just Gonna Need to Walk Instead?

I might not have stopped to take pictures had it been in operation — especially not inside.

I might not have been able to walk on the left — even though i didn’t.

I might have been in a bigger rush.

I might have had a happier life.

I might not have had a happier life.


On the photo: Gara de Nord, Bucharest (November ’17)


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Trelograms #3 — The Social Individual

The ‘bench outside’ is a rather prevalent feature of Eastern European countryside. From old people sitting alone attentively observing what’s happening on the street, to groups of neighbors having a chat, to young couples dating, you’ll have plenty of people to wave at and exchange smiles with on your way cycle touring there.

It took me a while to realize that i actually grew up myself in a house with such a bench outside  —  and also a lovely old lady who spent much of her time chatting with all the other lovely old ladies in the neighborhood.

Over time i saw the gates around the block (including ours) grow taller and advance into public land, sometimes becoming walls — probably more to protect the thugs from us than us from them? Whether this change was for better or worse, something was definitely lost in the process.

What about you? What has been your experience? Please comment below — i’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂


On the photo: lovely ladies chatting by the “bench outside“ in Romanian countryside (April ‘17)


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