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 #14 — Downhill in Moldova!

Moldova is a hilly country, which makes cycle touring through the country strenuous — and lots of fun!

I apologize to any of my multiverse counterparts who may have been injured or killed during the shooting of this video.


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Not Edited Yet #13 — More Cycling in Tiraspol!

A bit more cycling in Tiraspol, from my pleasantly uneventful time in Transnistria in May ’17 on my way by bicycle from Odessa to Chișinău.

This was actually my very first video experiment with my then recently acquired action camera — i learned pretty quickly that helmet mounts don’t yield the best angles :-p


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Not Edited Yet #12 — Cycling in Tiraspol

Tiraspol must have been the most pleasant city to cycle in and out of — it has so little traffic that it almost feels like a village! — but with much smoother roads 😀

I had a pleasantly uneventful time in Tiraspol, through which i passed with my bicycle in May ’17 on my way from Odessa to Chișinău. You may read the full account of my three days in Transnistria here.


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Not Edited Yet #11 — Ukrainian “Roads”

Let me spare you the euphemism — the roads in Ukraine suck catastrophically most of the time — they’re worse than in Romania — possibly even Moldova!

But why rush on a cycle tour? — i had a great time in the Odessa Oblast, where i traveled by bicycle in May ’17 along the Danube and the Black Sea.


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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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Trelograms #23 — I’m Not Special

I’ve heard it many times and rather frequently — and not just from my mother! — that i’m special.

If you think i’m special because i’m willing to relocate, leaving behind family, close friends, career prospects and large fractions of my belongings to follow yet another exciting opportunity, whether it takes me to Scandinavian utopia or post-Soviet disrepair, then you probably don’t follow enough travel blogs.

If you think i’m special because i’ve pledged to donate 10% of my gross income to the best poverty-relief charity that i’m currently aware of — and kept up with that pledge through my self-unemployment — then you should check out the effective altruism folks who have been dedicating 100% of their resources to that and other, potentially more relevant causes.

If you think i’m special because i’m able to travel on a $5–10/day budget for five months, then you must not have met my friend Bogdan, who has done that for two years on less than $1/day — not to mention that his tour took place largely in Western Europe, including countries especially notorious for their prohibitive costs such as Denmark — there are many others like him you’ll bump into on the road whom you haven’t heard about just because they don’t have blogs or facetwittergrams+.

If you think i’m special because i’ve been hospitable (and courageous) to welcome “strangers” from hospitality networks into my home, then you might not have met or heard about the hundreds of literal strangers along my way who have invited me into their own homes (and cars) having nothing on me besides their gut reaction from first looking at me.

By the day, it seems to me that there exist essentially two kinds of people — those who know they’re amazing, and those who haven’t yet found out — we’re all fabulous in varied ways and degrees, and that makes none of us special.


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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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