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    Archive for January, 2008

    Camp WT: A Personal Assessment of the World

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008

    Australia is my country number 21 on this journey and hence it’s time for an evaluation, time to look back for a little while.

    Now what’s your favourite country so far, is a question I often hear. It’s a logical and very easy question – the answer not so. It’s a very complicated, complex thing to answer curious questions like that. Like photos, sometimes numbers can say more than a hundred words, they sometimes speak more clearly to the mind. I like numbers. Always did.

    I’ve made a document (Excel worksheet) where I’ve rated (on the classic 1-10 scale) all sorts of things that I – as a private Nicolai and as the lycra-RTW-cyclist – find relevant/important when cycling around the world.

    Please note that some of the fields have a little red triangle attached in the upper right hand corner. These contain a comment. Just put the cursor on the field and the note pops up.

    Have a look. Comments & questions are welcome as always!

    24 JAN 2008: WT-Rating Scheme of the World

    Nicolai

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    More updates…

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    New entries in the photo diary…

    Day
    628, 629, 630, 631, 632, All diary entries…

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    Photo Album From Tasmania

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

    Go get ‘em, boy!

    …as a slide show

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    A Letter for the Princess

    Saturday, January 19th, 2008

    As you’d know, I write for the Danish paper, MetroXpress every fortnight. After my week on wonderful Tasmania – home of Crown Princess Mary – I decided to write a letter to the princess in which I tell her how I went looking for my Tassie princess. I found none of that, though, but a truly fantastic island and great Aussie hospitality. That’s pretty much what the article says this time. You don’t miss out a lot here. Don’t worry. Stay tuned.

    My Letter for the Princess…

    N

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    So how was your Xmas, Nicolai?

    Saturday, January 19th, 2008

    (UK only)

    New diary entries (UK) from my Christmas in Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula.

    Day 625
    Day 626
    Day 627

    Thanks, Anne, for the helping hand. Writing everything in both Danish and English is quite time consuming – I really appreciate your kindness!

    NB: Under DIARY and then ALL DIARY ENTRIES I’ve made a category called ENGLISH where all the (sort of recent) English text and/or photos will be filed. I hope it makes it slightly easier to navigate the site.

    At the moment I still can’t find time to translate all diary entries into English. That’s how it is. I’d love to change it some day… :-)

    Nicolai

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    WT Photo Highlights 2006-2007

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    Below is 70 of the photographical highlights from 2006-2007.

    I recommend viewing the presentation in full screen by clicking the 4 arrows in the lower right hand corner of the frame – or here….

    Click on the photos to zoom in and click again (anywhere) to zoom out.

    Click the “i” for info bars on top.

    The first page show the first 20 photos. Click in the top right corner on the arrow for the next 20 etc.

    Press Esc. to go back to WT.

    I hope you enjoy…

    Nicolai

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    Day 557 – 568 updated (photos)…

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    Go to Day 557…

    From the top of the Day 557 you can – as usual – follow the link to the next day…

    Cursor on the photos = text box appears…

    It’s been a while since Day 557. The memory is still clear though.

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    Top 10: Most visited countries…

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    …an update of a useless Top 10…

    My Top 10 Countries, I’ve spent most time in…*

    01 – Brazil – 9 months
    02 – Australia (6) – 6 months
    03 – Thailand (2) – 5.5 months
    04 – Spain (3) – 4 months
    05 – Vietnam (4) – 2 months
    06 – Turkey (5) – 2 months
    07 – Nepal – 2 months
    08 – Mexico – 1.5 months
    09 – China – 1.5 months
    10 – Peru – 1.25 months

    *) Outside of Denmark
    (x) refers to position as pr. 01JUL2007

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    WT Interview on the Australian ABC Radio…

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    I made an interview on the ABC Radio the other day. Morning, should I say, ‘cos the guys called me up at 6.20 AM on January 3rd 2008, even before the New Year’s alcohol debris had fully left my body.

    You can listen to the interview here…

    Radio interview on the Australian ABC Radio (03JAN2008)…

    Admittedly, it was a bit early for my and I felt I wasn’t really up for the quick & snappy ping-pong play of the radio hosts, like “So does your bike helmet have two horns out the side…” and “Nicolai, are you a loner?” and the like.

    Anyway, give it a crack.

    Nicolai

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    WT stats updated…

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

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    Day 647 – Tennis in Melbourne…

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

    Photos to come…

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    Day 645 – Lagoons Beach -> Hobart (Tasmania)

    Sunday, January 13th, 2008

    Distance covered in the Mazda: 550 km (total 1730 km)

    Tasmania Day 6.

    Please note: The following photos contain one very, very sad photo. It’s about a dead mama animal and her dead baby…

    Warned, ye all are! Otherwise enjoy the fantastic colours of the Tasmanian East Coast…

    Lagoon Beach, Eastern Tasmania.

    Lagoons Beach, Eastern Tasmania.

    Falmouth, Eastern Tasmania.

    Near Scamander Forest Reserve...

    A Truly Tragic Sight...

    Beaumaris Beach, Eastern Tasmania.

    Wonderful St. Helens Peninsula.

    Beerbarrel Beach, St. Helens Peninsula.

    St. Helens Peninsula, Eastern Tasmania.

    Dreamlike Binalong Bay. Humbug Point Cons. Area. NE Tasmania.

    Swimcart Beach. Humbug Point Cons. Area. NE Tasmania.

    Near The Gardens. Humbug Point Cons. Area. NE Tasmania.

    Sloop Reef Beach. Humbug Point Cons. Area. NE Tasmania.

    Forest Fire, Central Tasmania.

    St. Columba Falls. NE Tasmania.

    In the country...

    3 tanks of fuel, 135 L and 1.730 km is the numbers for the last 5 days with the hired car.

    I wonder how many tuna sandwiches that is, energy wise. And how many kilometres I could ride on those sandwiches. Do the math. It’s hard to justify our massive (ignorant?) use of the fossil fuels. Bike, bike, bike!

    Little Plains Lookout. NE Tasmania.

    Central Tasmanian Farmland...

    Bagdad - the Tasmanian version.

    What a ride!!!

    Randomly, I ran into Chris, a super friendly spirit that found it stupid that I would spent my last night on Tasmania in my tent near the airport in order to catch my early morning plane back to Melbourne. He kindly offered me to crash in his house. He took me out for dinner (delicious Tassie fish), and took me for a great ride and walk near Sandy Bay and some of Hobart’s suburbs on the hill sides. He even drove me down to Taroona High School where the Tassie-born Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary, went back in the 80s. Now that’s a tour guide that knows how to satisfy his clients!

    Hobart Waterfront...

    Sandy Bay, Hobart - Tasmania.

    Sandy Bay, Hobart - Tasmania.

    Night time over Hobart...

    Chris, thanks a lot for your great hospitality. You were an unforgetable, social ending of an unforgetable Tasmanian week.

    Chris, my lovely host on my last night in Hobart..

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    Day 644 – Hobart -> Lagoons Beach(Tasmania)

    Saturday, January 12th, 2008

    Distance covered in the Mazda 3: 383 km (total 1183 km)

    Tassie Day 5.

    Get ready for a lot of visual food here…

    Hobart's famed Salamanca Market...

    Hobart's famed Salamanca Market...

    Tasmanian creek...

    East coast Tasmania...

    Friendly Beaches, Freixenet National Park.

    Friendly Beaches, Freixenet National Park.

    Friendly Beaches, Freixenet National Park.

    Coles Bay, Freixenet Nat. Park.

    Cape Tourville, Freixenet N.P.

    Sleepy Bay. Freixenet N.P.

    Sleepy Bay, Freixenet N.P.

    Wineglass Bay, Freixenet National Park...

    Wineglass Bay, Freixenet National Park...

    Honeymoon Bay, Freixenet National Park...

    Bichino Blowhole...

    Lagoons Beach on the Tassie East coast...

    Lagoons Beach on the Tassie East coast...

    Kashmir (Danish band) in my ears was an ideal accompaniment in that golden hour of Saturday solitude…

    Lagoons Beach on the Tassie East coast...

    Lagoons Beach on the Tassie East coast...

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    Day 643 – Lake St. Clair -> Hobart (Tasmania)

    Friday, January 11th, 2008

    Distance covered in the Mazda 3: 200 km (total 800 km)

    Tasmania Day 4.

    Tarraleah Power Station, Central Tasmania.

    Another baby...

    Sheep + water. Central Tasmania.

    Fumil in action!

    Sheep + water. Central Tasmania.

    Duckling catching flies...

    Hobart Botanical Gardens.

    New life! Hobart Botanical Gardens.

    Hobart Botanical Gardens

    Hobart Botanical Gardens

    Forest fire on Tasmania. Mt. Wellington (1270 m.a.s) and a fantastic view over Hobart...

    Mt. Wellington (1270 m.a.s) and a fantastic view over Hobart...

    Mt. Wellington (1270 m.a.s) and a fantastic view over Hobart...

    Hobart Waterfront...

    Fountain, Hobart...

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    Day 642 – Tullah -> Lake St. Clair (Tasmania)

    Thursday, January 10th, 2008

    Distance covered in my hired Mazda 3: 280 km (total 600 km)

    Tasmania Day 3.

    Tune of the Day: My Moon My Man – Feist

    Cob web...

    Lake Tullah, Western Tasmania.

    The walk to Montezuma Falls, Western Tasmania.

    The walk to Montezuma Falls, Western Tasmania.

    The walk to Montezuma Falls, Western Tasmania.

    Suspension Brigde at the Montezuma Falls...

    Suspension Brigde at the Montezuma Falls...

    Showing off at the Henty Dunes, Western Tasmania..

    Henty Dunes, Western Tasmania..

    Ocean Beach, Strahan, W Tassie.

    Strahan, W Tassie.

    Near Queenstown, Western Tasmania.

    Just outside Queenstown, Western Tasmania.

    Open cut mine, near Queenstown, W. TAS.

    Nelson Falls Forest Walk, Central Tasmania.

    Nelson Falls, Central Tasmania.

    Near Lake St. Clair National Park...

    Camp site at the Lake St. Clair N.P.

    Lake St. Clair National Park...

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    Tassie update…

    Thursday, January 10th, 2008

    Yes, I made it to Tasmania! Arrived two days ago without my bicycle, for various reasons the main ones being the hassles it always involves to bring a bike on a plane. The Tassie ferry fare was more than double as expensive as the flight. Since I’m not the biggest Captain ever, I just couldn’t justify paying 400 AUD for the return voyage.

    Well, all is good. I’ve hired a nice and quick Mazda 3, brand new, for 5 days. The sun’s been shining all day since I got here (landed in Launceston) and cruising around in my own tempo (fast & safe) is just a bliss. Feel lucky to be here. Tasmania is truly a gem.

    Will keep an eye open for My Tassie Princess – the Danish Crown Prince Frederik did it – and so, I believe, can I….

    Will go back to Melbourne on the 15th for the Australian Open Tennis.

    ‘Til then…

    Nicolai

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    Day 641 – Launceston -> Tullah (Tasmania)

    Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

    Distance covered in my hired Mazda 3: 320 km

    Tasmania Day 2.

    Launceston church...

    My Tassie Friend, the Mazda 3, brand new!

    Along The Great Western Tiers Scenic Route...

    Along The Great Western Tiers Scenic Route...

    Along The Great Western Tiers Scenic Route...

    Alum Cliffs State Reserve. Central Tasmania.

    Trunk

    Great Tassie country side...

    Dirt road to the Devils Gullet Lookout, Central Tasmania.

    Devils Gullet Lookout, Central Tasmania.

    Devils Gullet Lookout, Central Tasmania.

    Tassie forest walk...

    Sunset light over Western Tasmania...

    Wild wombat...

    Sunset light over Western Tasmania...

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    Day 640 – Melbourne to Launceston, Tasmania

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

    Tasmania Day 1.

    Tune of the Day: Mango Tree – Angus & Julia Stone

    Window seat onboard the Virgin Blue aircraft from Melbourne to Launceston, Tasmania...

    Album of the Day: Everything All – Band of Horses

    Tasmania!!!

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston.

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston.

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston.

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston.

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston.

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston.

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston.

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston.

    Bridge, Launceston, Tasmania.

    Gone Fishing...

    Launceston architecture...

    Launceston architecture...

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    Day 639 – Getting Ready for Tasmania

    Monday, January 7th, 2008

    The Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

    Melbourne Museum

    Melbourne Museum

    Nicolai, Iva, and Rhod enjoying dinner in Clifton Hill...

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    New photos in the diary……

    Monday, January 7th, 2008

    The photo diary is updated, from Day 610 – Day 621…

    Day 610…

    Nicolai

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    Day 638 – A Quiet Sunday

    Sunday, January 6th, 2008

    Route map, Australia.

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    My Australian route map

    Sunday, January 6th, 2008

    Map of my route across Australia, updated 06JAN2008

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    Day 637 – The Hippie Market

    Saturday, January 5th, 2008

    Catching up with the latest events in Camp WT...

    I slept poorly last night. 1 mosquito, 1 toilet visit, 1 drinking visit at the same place, 30 degrees c heat in the night and some creative thoughts kept me awake for a couple of hours.

    The happily hippie market at St. Andrew's up the Yarra River Valley...

    The cultural event of the day was the hippie market in St. Andrew’s, which is filled with reiko/shitsu/healing/herbal tea-loving people, who all look extremely alternative. It feels weird, all of a sudden, to walk around henna-hair, batik trouser, incense sticks and ethereal oils. There was a little “Little house in the prairie” all over. Love it!

    The happily hippie market at St. Andrew's up the Yarra River<br />
Valley...

    The happily hippie market at St. Andrew's up the Yarra River Valley...

    Back at the house in Clifton Hill there is another Barbie night in the back garden. I’m the grill master for the evening.

    The Barbie King for the night...

    We all go into the city at midnight and have a lovely, but quite expensive, night out. At the bar “The Croft Institute”, as the good gentleman he is, Rhod tries to hook me up with a blind girl and her guide dog. It truly amuses me. The girl is nice, but her eyes keep glancing around in her head, like two randomly rotating radars, and this keeps ruining my concentration.

    Comment of the Night: The stallions are unleashed for tonight! Rhod to Christy and I (the lonely singletons), when we’re on our way into town…

    Thanks to Anne S. Jensen for the translation!

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    Day 636 – A Splash in the Yarra River

    Friday, January 4th, 2008

    Singer

    Yarra River, NE of Melbourne.

    Gum trees near the Yarra River...

    Getting ready for a splash in the Yarra River. Magnificent.

    A Mean Machine...

    Dandenong sunset...

    Little Creatures...

    Rhod and Cath in the rammed mud brick house...

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    The WT Photo Calendar 2008 is finally out!

    Friday, January 4th, 2008

    Right, folks…It’s time for a bit of advertising here on WT.

    I’ve made a 2008 Wall Photo Calendar with some of my best, most memorable, most adventurous moments since I left Denmark 630 days ago. This visual project is made together with Print2People and the calendar
    is for sale online now. A part of the sales will fall into my pockets and financially it will hopefully help paving the way back to good old Denmark (somewhere in the future). Don’t hold yourself back… :-)

    The selection of the 12 photos for the calendar was unexpectedly tough – not only because my photo archive has around 20.000 photos by now but also because a lot of the photos taken along the way are full of stories and memories that all mean a lot to me. Overall, I’ve tried to show what this bicycle expedition around the world means to me. Each photo comes with a little anecdotal text (in Danish) and a note on where the photo was taken.

    A huge thanks to all of you who helped me selecting the photos through comments and ideas. I ended up with 36 photos after all, 12 of which constitute this first calendar. It means I’ve got another 2 wall calendars up my sleeve, ready to go, but I just want to see how sales go with the first one for now. Please spread (spam) the word!

    Click the link below – hopefully, the technical part of ordering the calendar isn’t to difficult.


    1) Click on “Tilføj til indkøbskurv”
    2) Click “Gå til kassen”
    3) Enter your email address in the top line
    4) Click “Opret Kundelogin”
    5) Fill in the blanks under “Leveringsadresse ” (delivery address)

    Firma = Company,
    Fornavn = First name,
    Efternavn = Last name,
    Adresse = Address,
    Postnr./By = Zip code/City,
    Land = Country

    6) Enter your telephone number under “Telefonnummer”
    7) At the bottom, Enter a password, and repeat the password under “Gentag Password”

    8) Click “Opret Print2People Kundelogin” (create member login)

    9) Tick the box “Jeg har læst og accepterer hermed ovenstående handelsbetingelser”

    10) Click “Kreditkort betaling” (Credit card payment)
    11) Fill in the blanks with your card details…

    Kortnummer = card number
    Udløbsdato = Expiry date
    Kontrolcifre = Control number (3 digits)

    12) Press “Gennemfør betaling og afslut ordren” (Make payment and finish order)

    If you have made to here, good on you!

    I hope you’ll enjoy the photos…

    Nicolai

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    Day 635 – A Full-On Sightseeing Day

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

    During break fast, I make a small plan for the day and tries to get a grasp of the city (3.8 mio. Citizens) before Rhod and I bike into the city along Yarra River. There sky is clear and there is 35 degrees C – Pretty nice for 3rd of January!

    Rhod on the bike!

    I’m really excited about being in Melbourne, extremely proud and grateful at the same time. Rhod jumps out of the lycra in his best bib and tucker and heads off to work, where he works for the mayor and takes part in writing speeches, letters etc.

    Swan Street Bridge, Melbourne.

    I tour around the city all day, taking more pictures than any Japanese has ever taken in one day. At the mail office, there is a bag of delayed Christmas presents for me, which I were passed on the me from the mail office in Adelaide. It is beautiful and moving for me to sit there in the summer heat of Melbourne and open Danish Christmas presents. Thank you very much (again) to all the people involved for the gesture. You have assured that my depot of liquorice, which is sometimes strained, will not run out for some time.

    A piece of art!

    Arches.

    Bourke Street, Melbourne.

    Flinders Station, Melbourne.

    Sightseeing i en storby som Melbourne er ideelt på cyklen. Intenst, kompakt, effektivt, frit.

    Street vendor in Melbourne CBD.

    Thirsty at Federation Square, Melbourne.

    Federation Square, Melbourne.

    Southbank, Melbourne.

    Melbourne skyline...

    Webb Bridge, passengers only.

    Melbourne's Docklands...

    Melbourne's Docklands...

    Melbourne's Docklands...

    Back street of Melbourne...

    After 7 hardcore hours around Melbourne without breaks Zülle gets tired.

    Sculpture in Melbourne....

    Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne.

    A view down the chick Brunswick St., Melbourne

    In the evening, Iva, Rhod and I pack the picnic hamper and go down to Yarra Bend Park, a recreational area 200 m from the house with goodies for the palate and bird sounds.

    Birds in Yarra Bend Park...

    Thanks to Anne S. Jensen for the translation!

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    Jeppe Bangsgaard is in Australia (or whoever!)

    Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

    Just a quick announcement to tell that a very, very related member of the family, Jeppe Bangsgaard (or whoever! :-) ), is now in Australia…

    They sure are very busy, those media people…

    Nicolai Bangsgaard

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    Day 634 – An Interview and Roo on the Barbie

    Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

    The cool and artsy Brunswick Street, Melbourne.

    03 JAN 2008: ABC Radio Interview

    The cool and artsy Brunswick Street, Melbourne.

    St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

    Oh, my God...

    A stubby and a glass of white with Rhod and Iva on Brunswick Street, Melbourne.

    Yet another barbie night...

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    Day 633 – Sorrento -> Melbourne

    Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

    Distance (km) : 110
    Time on bike : 5h 37m
    Brutto time: 11.15 – 20.15
    Avg : 19.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 47.8
    Total (km) : 25.891

    Leaving Sorrento after a wonderful week at Rhod's family...

    If this, the first day of the new year, is a sign of how the rest of the 364 days are turning out, it is going to be a very fine year 2008. With remains of alcohol still rushing in blood, I take off from Sorrento and Rhod’s lovely family.

    Super colours! Port Phillip Bay.

    Super colours! Port Phillip Bay.

    Mount Martha, Port Phillip Bay.

    Any trace of yesterday’s festivity disappears as soon as I’m rolling again. It is a really beautiful day, 35 degrees C and a strong sun. A light breeze coming from behind makes this biking-day a bliss. I’m happy and bubbly, and my fists go into the sky from time to time. The way along the coast side of Rye, Rosebud, Mount Martha and Mornington is impressively fascinating. In Brighton, about 20 km south of Melbourne, I make a small stop to take some pictures of the small, beach shacks in pastel shades, which any local tourist guide also emphasises.

    It is a nice moment when the skyline of Melbourne is shooting up in the horizon. There is something beautiful about having being riding my bike all the way from Denmark, being on day 633 and reach this metropole (one of the world’s most cool cities according to several modern magazines) on the first day of the year 2008. 2008 seems to be a good year.

    Brighton Beach Sheds.

    Brighton Beach Sheds.

    Brighton Beach Sheds.

    In Albert Lake Park, (which, for those who are interested, is the place where Formel 1-races are being held) I get into conversation with Sydney-couple Tom and Sue, who are really excited about my trip. I inform them that I will be on ABC Radio tomorrow morning at 06.30 – they liked that!

    House of God, Melbourne suburbia

    Albert Park, Melbourne.

    Albert Park, Melbourne.

    Albert Park, Melbourne.

    I have now been riding my bike for 5000 km in Australia without a bike helmet, which is required by law here. I have been stopped several times during the last couples of months and been given a kind reprimand by The Law to get a helmet. Today, 3 police cars and one MC have passed me. I’m prepared to be confronted and I have a smart excuse at hand, but no one stops me. I’m sure it is because of the little Danish flag (thanks again, Carolyne!) that the police do not give me any bill and they probably know that I have no current home address, and therefore, they have nowhere to send it to. The mouse playing with the cat!

    Albert Park, Melbourne.

    Arrival Melbourne! Albert Park.

    At 8.15 pm, I arrive at 173A Spensley Street in Clifton Hill district, where Rhod and Iva live and has just arrived. A nice, slim art deco house with both a front- and a back-garden. I have gotten my own lovely room with a classic guitar, a comfy futon (yeah!), TV and a high ceiling. Perfect! We hang out in the green back garden and have a James Boag’s beer and a talk.

    Melbourne skyline from Princes Bridge...

    Thanks to Anne S. Jensen for the translation!

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