Sauerkraut & Tofuwurst - Vegan bikers trotting the globe

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by kuhjunge, May 5, 2013.

  1. kuhjunge

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    After we decided to skip Romania, we needed a new route and decided to ride to Novi Sad in Serbia. We left the EU and got our first stamp on our "virgin" passports. A few kilometres later we got into our first police control :) ... well nothing bad, the gents only wanted to know from where we come and where we are heading to. They smiled when they saw our dogs in the sidecar and let us go on.

    We had booked an apartment in the outskirts of Novi Sad and wanted to spend a few days there to explore this part of Serbia. When Skippy saw the surroundings of our accommodation she only said "max one night". Ok, I changed the booking and we had only a one night stand in Serbia. We arrived quite early and this gave us time for a bit longer day walk.

    We needed to give the owner our passports, so she can go to the police station, got us registered and along with that, she got us the exit cards which we needed to exit Serbia. Since we stayed a little over 24h in the country and I did not feel like pushing my luck at the border, so rather follow the procedure since it did not cost me any extra.
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">... and the right side of the street</td></tr>
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    As we walked our dogs we got the usual attention and some older guys were asking from were we are. As we told we came from Finland (I have a Finnish flag on my jacket), the first thing they said was "Kekkonen". We had a really good laugh at this one and it was very nice to hear that Finland is known for Kekkonen and not only for Räikkönen or Nokia :D

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    Then we went food shopping and caused quite a fuzz in the shop. As usually, we took our self-made veggie bags and filled them with all sorts of fruits and veggies, when all the sudden a sales lady jumped by trying to explain to us that we MUST use plastic bags. Because when she weighs them (we were not allowed to!) she can put the sticker on the plastic bag. She also offered to put our veggie bag in her plastic bag and we kindly declined this idea. She called for back-up and some young guy came and told us that we should use the plastic bags and if we do not want them, then we can throw them away AFTER we did the shopping and left the shop. Sadly also he did not understand our point of not using plastic bags at all. We kept on filling our bags with veggies and fruits and finally the security guy came and looked what all this hazzle was about. He also asked from the sales lady why we cannot use our bags as he seemed to have understood our point. I kindly demonstrated to her (by operating the scale myself - OMG!) how easy it is to push the button of e.g. oranges and clue the price sticker on our veggie bag. It would hold until we would have paid at the cashier. She just shook her head and continued with the other bags. The cashier had no issues with our bags :)
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">We try to live as plastic free life as possible! Skippy made these bags already six years ago. Just think how many plastic bags one would use in that time....</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Univerexport in NoviSad - the shop who had trouble with our veggie bags.<br />
    As we saw this brand already earlier, we both read "UniversalExport" - maybe we've seen too many Bond movies :D</td></tr>
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    Since the internet was working (after we got a cable from the owner), we booked us a hotel in the middle of nowhere in one of the vineyard areas of Kroatia. I had some maps from ADAC and they suggested (for motorbikes) to ride around in this area. So it looked like a good place to spend a few days.</div>
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    We did consider to ride through Bosnia-Herzogovina, but then because of the need for a doctor's certificate stating our dogs are healthy, we decided to skip the country. We went straight to Croatia and had a little surprise at the border. It appeared that Croatia joined the EU since we left Finland. Congratulations!</div>
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    We showed our passports and bike papers and we were good to go. So I started my engine and drove the 3 meters (!!!) to the barrier which did not open. Hmmmmm - what now? I stopped the engine and looked around - aaahhh: customs. OMG - I am so used to crossing borders between EU countries within the Schengen agreement :D&nbsp;This customs guy was nice, spoke a little German and asked even for the papers of the dogs. Anyway, nothing to declare, so off we went.</div>
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    We arrived at our hotel and became really worried since it looked closed. I called the owner and after some minutes on the phone he explained me in some words of German, that he would be there in 7 minutes! When he arrived, we did get a warm welcome and the owner insisted that we tasted some of his wines while waiting that the wife prepares the room. The first glass was not so great and then he decided to offer a "Spätlese" for the lady. Wow, now that was delicious and according to both of our tastes. We did not had lunch yet and since we drink almost no alcohol, we already felt a little drunk after one glass and waved up the stairs to our room. Nevertheless we took a bottle of Spätlese for the night :)</div>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">B&amp;B and a vineyard - an excellent combination ;)</td></tr>
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    There was a slight "danger" when going out and having a chat with the guy. Almost all the time, I found myself pretty quickly with a glass of wine in my hand. Yep, that was his area of expertise. Unfortunately all attempts failed and we had three days no internet. That always means that&nbsp;we are late for our blog-writing :( and&nbsp;the next riding day has an open end.</div>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Time for a break somewhere in Croatia.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A beautiful park area with a deserted swimming pool.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">... and some lost benches.</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Along the road we saw many houses having still signs of war.&nbsp;</td></tr>
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    We drove a nice and small road (also recommended by ADAC) along the river Sava. There were a few houses offering accommodation, so we just stopped somewhere and found a nice little apartment in one of those beautiful old log houses.</div>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">We collected about 2 litres, which we eat raw or use in a salad dressing. So much better than the dried ones in shops!</td></tr>
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    ~ Wolfi
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  2. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    I wanted to visit the&nbsp;Plitvice Lakes National Park because some of the Karl May stories were filmed here like&nbsp;<a href="http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Schatz_im_Silbersee_(Film)" target="_blank"><i>Der Schatz im Silbersee</i></a>&nbsp;(1962, English title: Treasure of Silver Lake). This place was the most stunning place we have seen on our trip so far :deal
    So, if you ever have a chance to come here, go ahead and visit this play of nature. Here is a taste of what we saw and heard. Enjoy...:lurk

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    Scene from the movie&nbsp;<i>Der Schatz am Silbersee</i>, 1962
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    No feeding of the bears :D

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    My girls taking a break.

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    Lyra is looking for mom ;)

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    In the end, girls found a friend and follower ;)

    And here is a short video clip (http://youtu.be/yQRFOpVNNwA):

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    (click here if you have trouble to see the video)

    ~ Wolfi
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  3. ptr

    ptr Elefant-Tamer

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  4. tytek

    tytek Adventurer

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    Very cool pics and story telling. You guys are having too much fun! Travel safe!

    Just to clarify the sign in the pic above: it actually means 'garbage kills bears' and is designed to ensure people deposit their garbage correctly, in order not to allow bears access to it.

    Also, in an earlier pic from Slovakia, 'Horny' means 'Upper,' but the city name, Horny Bar, does make you chuckle when you interpret its English meaning.
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  5. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

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    That is a beautiful National Park. Awesome pictures and updates. Appreciate you sharing your journey.
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  6. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Nice to read that you like our story :freaky

    Thanx for the sign interpretation and the translation. I guess we will even remember what horny means now :evil
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  7. mint julep

    mint julep Been here awhile

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    Awesome adventure guys.
    Very inspiring adventure, & lifestyle.

    I've always wondered about how challenging it would be, having selective diet.
    But you guys make it look easy and maintain a healthy diet.

    Really love the sidecar, and the idea to take along the kids. ;)

    Skippy, Wolfi and the girls. Thanks for sharing :clap
    Safe travels!

    Cheers,
    Dave
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  8. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Here are a few road impressions from our ride from Germany to Croatia via Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and back Croatia. Enjoy...

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  9. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Hi Dave,
    to life on a (almost raw) vegan diet has been rather easy. We find fruits and veggies in almost any shop. Occasionally we find some vegan ready food which we buy as a delight. We prepare our own food, it's cheap, we get what we want as well as where and when we want. No need to find a restaurant, explain what we want and pay a lot of money for it :D

    We are very happy to read that you understood that we take our kids with and not "just" our dogs :deal cheers to that :freaky
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  10. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Back in Czech I got badly cold to my back, when we had to drive the whole day in only +8 C. We are not equipped with heavy winter gears! So the whole time until Croatia my back was little bit stiff and sore, but I kept thinking that it will be fine in few days, if I just keep it warm and stretch every day... Well on the morning of our departure from Plitvice Lakes I could hardly walk properly anymore! Not sure if the 5.5 hour walk in the previous day made it worse or the cold seat in the park bus, but anyway I was suffering. Still we had to move on, but luckily to a much warmer place by the Mediterranean sea :)</div>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lunch brake by a nice field. In our family you can never eat bananas in peace!!!</td></tr>
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    The morning of October 16th started as rainy, cold and very yucky and I was already thinking that this will be one hell of a day! But obviously mother nature realized that I was suffering enough and brought us sunshine pretty quickly after we left and eventually we got lovely warm weather as well. That was a very nice driving day, with great winding roads and spectacularly beautiful autumn scenery!<br />
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    Just a kilometer after the brake by the mountains, we went through a small tunnel and on the other side I almost couldn't believe my eyes! Stunning view to the sea and a great looking serpentine road leading down to the shore. On the other side I had no idea that the sea was so close and of course Wolfi didn't mention anything about it! That road was great fun, even though the last kilometers were very painful! Well, no pain no gain, or as I like to say in Finnish: "kivussa kasvaa" :D<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Finally the sea in sight!</td></tr>
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    When we arrived at Senj I was feeling so bad, that Wolfi had to help me down from my bike, and in the end he took mostly care about everything (girls, food), even though I was heavily trying to play a hero... Real fighter doesn't give up just like that! :D<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">This gorgeous old castle was just besides our hotel and we could admire it from our balcony. </td></tr>
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    Next day we had a lovely, peaceful walk to the city and around the castle. The walkways in the castle park were paved with very nasty little stones and girls started to walk on the narrow stone edges in a queue, that was a hilarious scene!<br />
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    In the evening I finally gave up and started to treat my back with some painkillers and muscle relaxants, because I couldn't even stretch anymore and sometimes the pain got so bad that from waist down my whole left side got kind of paralyzed! But wow, did the pills totally knock me out! I'm trying to live without any medications and my body is pretty clean from any toxins, so when in extremely desperate situations I have to take some painkillers, I get either kind of high or knocked out... Luckily I have my strong "chevalier<span class="gt-baf-back">", who can easily carry me around :D</span></div>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lahjoja, koruja ja nakkeja! Mielenkiintoinen yhdistelmä :D (nakit means "wieners" in Finnish)</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Enjoying the sun and warmth and still smiling :) Wolfi fell a sleep, I guess...</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">View from our balcony towards the city.</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr>
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    After two nights in Senj we headed towards Slovenia and Ljubljana, especially because Wolfi's ex-"stepdaughter" Tuuli lives there and they hadn't seen for about eight years! So it was a nice idea to meet and chat a bit.<br />
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    The first half of the way was really nice winding roads on the hills/mountains. Just the problem for me was, that there were enormous amount of holes and bumps and they hurt like HELL (nicely said...)! So I couldn't really enjoy the day and once had to stop, because I was crying of pain so badly that couldn't see anymore. Am I crazy, or what!? Well I don't give up easily and when there are plans made, especially with other people, I always try to keep them!<br />
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    Just before we hit the nice area, we saw this horrible scene: unbelievable amount of plastic bags everywhere and poor sheep trying to graze there! This was a really shocking scene, almost like one in this film:

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    How about if we all start caring more about our nature and our habitats, and try to pollute as little as possible! One good way to start more eco-friendly life is to say no to plastic bags! Start carriyng with you e.g. some long lasting cotton bags for shopping and mesh bags for fruits and veggies! And if you have right now some plastic bags, don't just throw them away when starting a better life, but use them 'till the very end! Many plastic bags survive much longer than just one usage! I have still in use some plastic bags, which I've got already several years ago!!!<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Did a plastic bag factory blow up here or what happened?!</td></tr>
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    I made it to Ljubljana in one peace, but was instantly grounded... so Wolfi took care of girls and food again. First night he brought some pretty excellent vegan fast food and I got to taste delicious Tiramisu for the first time since I became vegan! That was a very lovely treat :) , but there went my 80/10/10 raw food diet for a moment... Well once a month isn't so bad and anyway I'm still in transition :)<br />
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    On the first morning in Ljubljana we had to take Hertta finally to a doctor. She had been suffering of itching skin for about a week now and some of her cancer bumps had got bigger. I tried to treat her skin with natural tea tree -oil, and it did help when ever Hertta wasn't scratching! By the time we were in Ljubljana she was a bit better, but we still wanted to know if she's in pain and what we should do... Well the doctor instantly thought she'd have flees, but we didn't believe that theory, because Lyra and Ulpu were all fine. Other theory was that she has some allergy or has just got irritated in some high grass. We got some spray for atopic skin and either that or time helped, but anyway now she's rather fine again :) According to the doctor she shouldn't be in pain either! But if she starts coughing, then we should go to doctor again...<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Loving Hut -stall in Ljubljana. I can warmly recommend the spring rolls and the tiramisu! :) </td></tr>
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    After noon we walked to the old town of Ljubljana to meet Tuuli and her boyfriend. Luckily our hotel was rather close by! We met in a pretty fancy cafe called Lolita, because in <a href="http://www.happycow.net/" target="_blank">Happy Cow</a> we saw that they should also have some vegan desserts. The raw cakes were wonderful!!!<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Shit car came just when the place was very busy, well wasn't for too long... :D</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Happy get-together :)</td></tr>
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    My situation didn't get any better in Ljubljana, so we decided to have one week of rest somewhere in peaceful surroundings. I didn't want to go to doctor either, 'cos I know they would only order plenty of rest, painkillers and muscle relaxants... I wanted to treat myself for a week first and then see if I'd need some additional help.<br />
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    We didn't find any nice/affordable place close to Ljubljana in Slovenian side, so we went back to Croatia to Rupa, which is just on the border. <br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">"Buzzing" in Rupa :D</td></tr>
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    At the moment (and most likely for a pretty long time) we both have many projects going on that require PC and when having only one, it gets bit on the nerves occasionally... I had been thinking about getting my own Tablet for quite some time and finally in Croatia mentioned it to Wolfi. About week later Wolfi bought me Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Note -tablet. What a great man! :) That was especially nice surprise now that I was almost bound to bed and totally bored and restless!!!<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Happy me :D</td></tr>
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    btw. My body could handle the drugs only for six days, then the bad side effects kicked in! On the seventh night I woke up to a horrible chest pain and that continued several days even though I gave up with the meds instantly! I'm so not going to have any pharmaseutical shit anymore, they're not for me and not for human body anyway!!! So I started to treat myself naturally, as usual, and now I'm having an experiment with Neem and Solum Follonum powders, which Wolfi found for me from Rijeka. The latter one we've been trying to find for a very long time already!<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">This was in the neighbour. Somehow funny, so pink and neon and plenty of truckers there...</td></tr>
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    At the end of the week I was feeling a bit better and could have my first proper walk with Wolfi and the girls. As usual, I'm always heavily observing my surroundings (especially the ground) and this time I saw my very first mantis! Really interesting creature and truly frightening looking, even though only about 10cm long.<br />
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lyra almost had a fight with this fellow!</td></tr>
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    <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Walk to the Slovenian border and Hertta doesn't care about the signs at all! :D</td></tr>
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    After resting for a week I slowly started to feel better. Still quite stiff and in pain occasionally, but at least no horrible paralyzing pain anymore! Biking is also much easier than walking when you have back problems, so we could finally move on. In the middle of our stay in Rupa I also got great new motivation to move on, no matter how bad pain I would have.... :D<br />
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    ~ Ilta<br />
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  11. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Back in Finland this spring I noticed that many of my favorite bands/artists (Nick Cave, Pet Shop Boys, Rammstein, Suede...) were going to tour Europe this summer/fall. As a huge music fan I started to plan our trip according to the tour plans... but as we have noticed plans change and in the end this wasn't too easy thing to do, e.g. because I have to listen Wolfi as well (at least occasionally...), so we didn't manage to go to a single concert! :(



    Well luckily when I was bound to bed in Croatia I had some time for planning and dreaming again... and then I discovered that Suede is going to be in two weeks in Toulouse! That would be possible for us to reach! I've been wanting to see Suede for almost 20 years already, so this was really a big dream come true!!!



    So I started to plan our trip towards Toulouse... Back in Finland I was also dreaming to visit Venice, but after some experiences and discussions I understood that it wouldn't be much fun with bikes or with our girls. The second thing I wanted to experience in Italy was "Shakespeare's" Verona and finally after some persuasion and sweet movie (Letters to Juliet) it was fine by Wolfi as well. Yes! :D



    So from Croatia we went mostly highway to Verona, because there was no nice little streets or it would be just a boring 'village to village' -drive. The day started as extremely foggy, but in the end turned out to be rather nice and warm. Highway went quite painlessly thanks to the good music in my mp3-player and my back was doing much better already!



    Unfortunately it was Sunday when we arrived to Verona and all the nice vegan restaurants we had planned to go to were closed! (even though some advertised to be open...) So we ended up eating very boring and tasteless side dishes from one pizzeria. Never had so tasteless and porridge like polenta before! Yucky! At least the 'Promised Land' -movie we had for desert was great :) I recommend to watch it!




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    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">We found really delicious vegan ice cream in one coffee shop and were able to enjoy it outside in T-shirts in November! Terveiset Suomeen! :D</td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Southern style toilet! I had seen these in TV before and now finally in real life. Not fun at all when you have stiff back or heavy biking clothes on... </td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Entertainment in the downtown Verona. The middle guy is a real human also!</td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I got to touch Juliet's boob! :D Let's see did it bring any luck...</td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Juliet's balcony and so much different than in the movies. Set designers really do a good job!</td></tr> </tbody></table>





    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">This was a human trying to squeak like an unhappy doggy. If the money would've gone to charity, I could've donated some.</td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I got trapped by some Romans...</td></tr> </tbody></table>
    Finally on our second day in Verona we found a nice vegan place to have lunch/dinner. Universo Vegano was a very sweet little fast food place and we can warmly recommend it to everyone! Just be prepared to wait your order for quite some time if you come in rush hour... there was only one man working!









    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Happy Wolfi with a very delicious vegan burger!</td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">My wrap was also pretty good, just unfortunately extremely salty! I'm not used to much salt anymore!</td></tr> </tbody></table>
    Our hotel in Verona was very close to the old city wall park and that was very nice for girls. We could enjoy some lovely walks and girls got plenty of play! Besides the park was also a good big bio-shop from where we finally found vegan kibbles for girls. Wow, we really were lucky! Just that morning we ran out of food and then in the evening found this place, fantastic! Oh and Wolfi got some more vegan ice cream...



    Next day we continued to Genova in a very nasty weather. Very heavy rain and in beginning even some thunder! The last half of the way was even very nice mountain road, but unfortunately couldn't enjoy it much :(



    Genova was a shocking surprise for both of us. The whole city (expect the little part of the old town) looks like one giant slum! Not much green anywhere and the little green there is, is heavily fenced! Horrible big block houses right next to each other and very narrow roads in between! We got totally lost there and had huge trouble to find our hostel... Luckily there were two nice guys who tried to help us even with their very poor English :) Finally in the already dark city we found our hostel and were very happy we booked it only for one night. Genova definitely isn't for us or for dogs! I must say that it's so far the most ugliest place I've seen on this trip!




    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The view from our room in Genova.</td></tr> </tbody></table>

















    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I don't understand why can't everyone use the same toilets...? Well I certainly didn't start going to downstairs every time and anyway people think quite often I'm a boy! And if somebody would start complaining, I'd just say "You want to see into my pants?" :D</td></tr> </tbody></table>
    After finally getting out of Genova and finding our highway towards Cannes, we were very relieved! No meaningful little roads, so again the whole leg on a boring highway, but at least the weather was very beautiful and warm.



    btw. the petrol in Italy was horrible expensive, about 1.88e/l !!! So we tried to manage with very little filling until France...



    For our surprise we found a rather big bio-shop in Cannes with very good selection on vegan foods. (earlier we haven't been too lucky with finding bio stuff in France) We also had a nice little apartment with pretty good kitchenette, so I decided to pamper Wolfi a bit and made some unhealthier (but of course delicious) cooked food for a change! :)




    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">BBQ-spiced onion-paprika-couscous with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and seitan. </td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The beach at Cannes, France.</td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I saw for the first time in my life date palms! Full of delicious looking golden dates and I was just drooling :p</td></tr> </tbody></table>

    Last evening in Cannes was Halloween and also Wolfi's names day, so I made some pancakes :) They turned out to be extremely delicious and I'll be blogging the recipe soon!






    Cannes was pretty ok place to visit, but not really for us either. Not much green there, except just in the beach side and in the small parks and dogs are forbidden almost everywhere (and ball games!). Well locals didn't seem to care much about the signs and we of course followed their example... At least our accommodation the Kimi Residence was an excellent place to be and the Icelandic guy working there was a very helpful and kind person! There is also a nice little peaceful inner yard and girls could play there a bit :)​




    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Making pancakes takes rather long, so I needed some entertainment :D Wolfi just didn't like too much of my idea to hold the tablet...</td></tr> </tbody></table>

    The leaving from Cannes didn't start too easily, because we couldn't get our tanks filled! Some French petrol machines don't except foreign credit cards!!! Well third times the charm and off we went to really beautiful and curvy roads... The Grand Canyon du Verdon was just spectacular! I had no idea there would be such place in France. Extremely wonderful 300 km on the bike, but also way too much for me! I'm not made for sitting 6 hours on bike a day, 4 hours is my maximum! So only in very needed occasions I'm willing to do this sort of legs. 300km on highway is totally different than 300km on mountain roads!!!​


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    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">View from 'Route Napoleon'.</td></tr> </tbody></table>







    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">View to Grand Canyon du Verdon</td></tr> </tbody></table>



    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Germany in Provence :D</td></tr> </tbody></table>
    In Avignon we stayed again in Premier Classe hotel, which we have found to be pretty ok for a short stay. Cheap and quite often they're also in some sort of industrial area, which are nice and quiet at weekends! There were also two very good bio-shops nearby and some green, so no worries :)




    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">French tampons don't look too comfortable... I wouldn't recommend! :D</td></tr> </tbody></table>
    It was 3rd. of November when we arrived to Toulouse and our 6th. monthiversary of this trip! We wanted to celebrate with some nice dining out, but it was Sunday and almost everything was closed already, so we ended up in Subway.... How boring :(



    The weather in Avignon was mostly wet and windy, which was pitty, because we even had some rather nice green areas around us to have proper walks. Well at least the last night brought us a great award: the Suede concert! That was amazing! Really great from beginning on and even Wolfi liked, who isn't a fan! Brett Anderson was full of energy and devotion, and my favorite song 'Flash Boy' (+many others!) he came to sing to the middle of the audience!!! Fantastic concert! Even the warm up band 'Teleman' was great and we also met them in our hotel after the concert :) They happened to live in the same place as us and we had small chat when we were taking girls out. They really seemed to like girls and took pictures of them! Let's see how famous our little stars will be one day...




    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Brett singing with great devotion! Almost got tears in my eyes... this was a real dream come true!!!</td></tr> </tbody></table>


    ~ Ilta



    And here are some road impressions:



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  12. kuhjunge

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    Skippy made some delicious vegan pancakes for me.

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    If you are interested in the recipe, click here.

    Well done Skippy :deal:clap
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  13. kuhjunge

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    Wolfi's original idea was that we would just drive through Andorra, because it's so tiny country. I had never been there and got really interested of it after reading some pages in internet. Very peculiar little country with long history and interesting political status. So I wanted to spend few days there and look around a bit...

    The drive from Toulouse to Andorra was one of the worst legs on our trip, at least for me! The whole 160km we had heavy rain and extremely bad side wind and in the end we came to a winter wonderland!

    When we arrived to our hotel Wolfi dared to say that it wasn't so bad... I almost strangulated him, because I barely survived alive!!! The last few kilometers before Andorra on the mountain road were very bad for me: the wind was heavily trying to slide me of the road and I had to use all my powers to stay up and few times I slided so badly, that I was just few centimeters from the edge of the road! Not fun at all :( We didn't have to drive in snow, but the streets were still pretty slippery. It was only +8C degrees in the last half of the leg. Check out the video in the next post...

    In front of the hotel I also got stuck in a pile of soft snow, but luckily there was a very nice man who gave me a push :) Haven't had such experience before with my Suzi!

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    The snowy view from our window. This is actually France, the border river runs just in front of these buildings.

    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The heavy wind bent even some street signs down!</td></tr> </tbody></table>
    Andorra is all about tourists and shopping, that's why it was great to
    be there off season! In Pas de La Casa we just had a small problem:
    where to find food? All we could see was shops full of alcohol, tobacco
    and perfumes! So we had to ask help from an Info-place and the guy
    working there instantly knew who we were! "Are you the Finns with the
    motorbikes?" Well, we must have been quite a scene when we arrived. The
    only motorists in snow and doing about three circles around the town
    before finding our hotel... :D

    We got instructions to a grocery shop and on the first visit the guy there was a bit amazed about our veggie bags, but on the next day he was heavily talking about the differences in plastic bag usage between northern and southern Europeans... Obviously he had done some thinking in the night :D

    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Tax free paradise.</td></tr> </tbody></table>
    The next day everything was totally different! No signs of heavy wind, snow or coldness anymore. So we had a nice hike on the hills and enjoyed some sun :)


    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Pas de La Casa.</td></tr> </tbody></table>

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    On the second day we had a small ride around the country. Gorgeous mountains with snowy tips, beautiful forests and extremely fun curvy roads, and amazingly hot in sun!


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    We had a delicious, although a bit unhealthy, lunch in the only veg-friendly place we found from Happy Cow. Tot en Pita is a pita/falafel-place and we had yummy vegan falafels with huge amount of hummus! The portions are enormous and I had to take some of mine with. No chance I could've eaten it all at once! The service was also very nice and helpful, so we can warmly recommend the place :)

    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Huge falafels with hummus and some salad.</td></tr> </tbody></table>

    <table class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;">[​IMG]</td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The parking lots for 'Motos' are not made for big bikes or sidecars!!!</td></tr> </tbody></table>
    btw. On our three night stay in Andorra, girls didn't pee or poo there a single time... :D

    ~ Ilta
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  14. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    Nice photographs.

    Question: Do you really think it's possible to go around the world and eat Vegan all the way without planning your route accordingly?

    In other words - is your route dictated by your lifestyle choice??

    Also - what was the cheese looking substance on your "vegan pancakes"?
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  15. kuhjunge

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    @Jacl-Kampuchea

    As being mostly raw vegans this is a piece of cake for us, because fruits and veggies you find everywhere! :norton
    We're not dependent on any special vegan products, e.g. soy or seitan. The rare occasions when we find a vegan/vegetarian restaurant is just for fun and for curiosity, we don't need them! Anyway we can't afford to dine out every night, have to keep the budget! :1drink

    Our route is mostly dictated by beautiful and uninhabited nature. :kumbaya

    The cheese looking substance is smashed persimmons, just like the recipe says :deal

    Ilta

    p.s. Wolfi loves those smilies
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  16. Jacl-Kampuchea

    Jacl-Kampuchea Booze Merchant

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Most vegans I have come across probably couldn't manage what you two are doing, hence the question. In fact, one was going militant on me recently - until I pointed out she was wearing leather Birkenstocks:huh

    That made her very quiet:lol3

    Safe travels, and keep up the great photography.

    J
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  17. kuhjunge

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    Jep - most of our family members thought that we lost all our marbles when we told what we are going to do :rofl

    Great that you like our pics :freaky

    You made an excellent point. For many people being vegan is limited to food only. We also have some old leather stuff e.g. biker boots which we will not just throw away. However once they are used and beyond repair, the new shoes will be vegan as well.
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  18. kuhjunge

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    As promised earlier, here is a short clip of how we experienced Andorra

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    Click here, if you have trouble with the video.
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  19. Sunday Rider

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    Great video. Music fits perfectly. You rarely hear that Freddy Mercury song.
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  20. kuhjunge

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    Howdy, thanks for the comment :ear