Currently in Honduras and heading south at the back of a BMW F800 GS with a crazy Aussie Sheldon (ride4smiles.com) and this is just a preview of what I have to put up with on a daily basis Here are the two of us on Sheldon's beloved baby and since March 2013 I have developed a special connection with her too. THE BEGINNING OF THE ADVENTURE It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in late August 2012 and I was walking along one of the cobblestone streets of Prague, Czech Republic where I had lived for over a year at that time. Passing all the familiar buildings for the thousands time I could still find something that I missed on my previous walks, let it be a narrow little alley or a sculpture on an old building. I'm not a city person, that's for sure and I always needed even the tiniest nature fix after spending over a week in a steel and concrete jungle. My relation with Prague, however, was a bit of a different story. I was thinking about this contradiction when a guy in boardshorts and flip flops (who by the way looked a bit out of place) asked me for directions to his hotel and then instead of following them he started chatting and joined me on my walk in the opposite direction. As it turned out, Sheldon's from Australia (which explained the boardshorts and flip flops in cool weather) and had been traveling the world on a motorbike for a year and a half. He did a bit of Asia, spent a year in Africa and got to Europe a couple of months before so he had an abundance of fascinating stories to tell. That day we spent hours walking around Prague and he got me completely immersed in his colorful accounts of the adventures he had on the road. As it turned out later, that was also the beginning of OUR adventure. I had a full time job back then so we started off with a couple of weekend trips around Czech Republic and to Wien, Austria. Then I managed to get a week off in October and we rode through 9 countries in 9 days followed by another week off work in November when we rode around Italy where our paths parted but I had a good feeling that it wasn't the last time we saw each other. I went back to work to Prague and Sheldon continued on his journey to the warmer southern part of Europe. We had such a great time together and kept in contact over Skype for the next few weeks. And then one evening he popped the big question: Would you like to hop on the back of the bike and join me for as long as it lasts? Hmm, I loved my life in Prague, I had a great job and was working with amazing people and I've met friends for life there ... but on the other hand I was so eager to see for myself what's on the other side of the fence and, also, I missed that Australian dude a bit so I quit my job and life in Prague and joined Sheldon. Together we've been on the road since March 2013 and we've visited 30 countries so far. My full time trip started in Thessaloniki where I flew to meet Sheldon. Then we rode around Greece, took a ferry around the Greek islands and rode around Santorini, visited the Pope's place, old Pompeii and Vesuvius in Italy. Then we continued on along the French riviera, Monaco and rode through stunning mountain ranges in Andorra and down the east coast of Spain down to Morocco where we spent a month. Next we started heading north through Portugal, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and up to Norway where we took an unforgettable 6-day ferry ride up the Norwegian fjords and ended up at Nordkapp. Then we started heading south through Finland and Sweden where we left the bike for repair and hopped on a ferry to Estonia and continued on a bus through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, flew back to Sweden to collect the baby and rode down to Germany where we finished our European tour. We flew from Frankfurt to New York and spent 3 intensive months in the States and Canada followed by another 3 months in Mexico, a couple of weeks in Belize and right now we're in Guatemal. We've already seen so many amazing places and met so many great and friendly people that sometimes even for me it's hard to remember it all. Sheldon has been bagging me about writing my own blog for a while now as that's what he's been doing since he started his trip. I finally decided to give it a shot and see if I'm any good at this, especially when it comes to being systematic. I plan to write the entries in this blog at the end of each day. Usually our days are packed up to the brim with riding the bike, meeting people and visiting some truly amazing places and we often get off the bike exhausted. Also, English isn't my first language so please excuse my spelling/grammar if and when they occur. I would also like to translate all that I write into Polish (which would be a very loose translation) so that my parents and my friends in Poland can read it too. As I already mentioned, Sheldon writes his own blog so if you want to know his version of the true story (and my story is obviously the TRUE story ;-), you can check it under ride4smiles.com or click here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=699326 I hope you enjoy it.