June 2012 Archives

June 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM

First few days bumping along in a Ural Sidecar

As I type I am bumping up and down in a Ural sidecar somewhere between Irkutsk and Ulan Ude. (This was written in August of 2011 and first posted in unrealadventure.com) The roads here are rubbish so each pot hole is a typo. Luckily the auto correct on my iPhone captures most of them.

We have some bad news about the bikes. Turns out they are stuffed. We are already 4 days out of Irkutsk and we still haven't made it as far as Ulan Ude. We are averaging about 100km a day and it's not for any lack of effort on our part. The bikes break down on a daily basis. More even. If not for Kirills expertise with these bikes and the kindness of locals we wouldn't be as far as we are.

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June 21, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Somewhere between Irkutsk and Olkhon

This week (this article was first published on July 14, 2011 at unrealadventure.com) we are based in Irkutsk. Or Иркутск as it would be written in the local Cyrillic alphabet. As I write, John, Kirill and I are on a bus from Irkutsk to Olkhon island where we will stay a few days.

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June 9, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Have a little patience with the Muslim Brotherhood

Elections have been held recently in post Mubarak Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood seem to have done rather well. Islamophobes in the west and apparently even some in the Islamic world, greet this news with great trepidation.

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June 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

The Vietnamese are complicated people

Well tomorrow morning we leave Vietnam for Russia (this blog post was first posted on our now defunct Unreal Adventure website on the 5th of July 2011). Will we ever return to this amazing country? I would like to think so.

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