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    Archive for February, 2010

    Photo Album From Holland

    Friday, February 26th, 2010

    Check out the latest visuals from The Netherlands, a.k.a. Holland…

    1A. Standard, Holland.
    1B. Slideshow, Holland.

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    WT-Interview In Danish Paper

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010

    Except for a few visuals from the expedition, this might not have your greatest interest (it’s all in Danish/gibberish)…

    21 FEB 2010: Article in Fyens Stiftstidende (part 1, Danish)
    21 FEB 2010: Article in Fyens Stiftstidende (part 2, Danish)
    21 FEB 2010: Article in Fyens Stiftstidende (part 3, Danish)
    21 FEB 2010: Article in Fyens Stiftstidende (part 4, Danish)

    There’s more media-related WT-stuff HERE!

    Interview with Danish newspaper, Fyens Stiftstidende.

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    Photo Album From Belgium

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

    You know how it works, right?

    1A. Standard

    or

    1B. Slideshow

    Ciao!

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    WT on National Danish Radio (Danish interview)

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010

    (Danish version only)

    Jeg blev i weekenden inviteret til at komme ind i studiet i DR-byen til et interview på Go’ Morgen P3, landets mest populære morgenradioprogram med mere end 700.000 lyttere (sagde jeg gisp!?).

    Jeg måtte op ukristeligt tidligt (skal vænne mig til denne vækkeurs-tilværelse) for at kunne være i studiet før kl. 7 og var i æteren fra kl. 07.18 – 07.23 i morges.

    Du kan høre hele interviewet på linket herunder:

    Interview med Nicolai Bangsgaard på Go’ Morgen P3

    Sådan så det hele ud…

    Radio interview on national Danish radio (Go Morgen P3), 22FEB2010.

    Interviewet kan som de meste andet medie-relaterede WT-stof også findes på Media-linket på forsiden.

    (Alle rettigheder forbeholdt DR)

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    The Final Log

    Saturday, February 20th, 2010

    This is it. The final log update is here. I’ll miss see it growing and growing.

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    Day 1.413 – A Golden CPH-Reception

    Saturday, February 20th, 2010

    Departure from Roskilde, with Ates and Ödül.

    The arrival in Copenhagen, Denmark. 1.413 days on the road...

    Arrival 5

    Arrival 2

    Champagne at the arrival in Copenhagen, Denmark. 1.413 days on the road...

    "At home" with friends Tomas, Bris, and Pabs...Ahhhhhh!

    Showing the baby...

    Bris and Kim The Camera Man...

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    The WT Hall of Fame

    Friday, February 19th, 2010

    In the unlikely case you’d happen to be interested, the infamous WT Hall of Fame has just been updated.

    We’re having a Midnight Madness Everything MUST Go Freak Show, Zülle (my alter ego) and I – don’t hold yourself back. I don’t. How could i possibly, with only 30 km to go in the WT era?

    Nicolai (from Roskilde)

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    Day 1.412 – The Day Before The Day

    Friday, February 19th, 2010

    Nyborg -> Roskilde
    Distance (km) : 75
    Time on bike : 4h 11m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 15.15
    Avg : 17.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 31.0
    Total (km) : 62.148
    Altitude: 20 m
    Difficulty: 2½

    Terrible weather in Nyborg, Denmark...

    Waiting (in vain) for a ride across the Storebæltsbroen (Great Strait Bridge) where no bikes are allowed...

    The 20 km train ride across the Great Strait Bridge (Storebæltsbroen) - no cyclists - between Nyborg and Korsør, Denmark.

    Familiar scenery?

    Neither looking nor feeling too happy about the weather...

    Couchsurfing with the great Turkish couple Ates & Odul in Roskilde, Denmark.

    The last "foreign" bed before tomorrow's arrival in Copenhagen!

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    Day 1.411 – Wind + Snow = ?

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010

    Middelfart -> Nyborg
    Distance (km) : 75
    Time on bike : 4h 35m
    Brutto time: 11.50 – 19.05
    Avg : 16.2 km/h
    Max.speed: 30.1
    Total (km) : 62.084
    Altitude: 10 m
    Difficulty: 3½

    Getting ready for leaving Middelfart.

    The windmill tells it all: headwind (icy)

    Enter Odense (on Fyn/Funen Island).

    Another cold and uninspiring ride (but the bike path is fine)...

    When Will This Stop?

    Couchsurfing in Nyborg, Denmark.

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    Newsletter From Middelfart, Denmark (UK)

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

    (UK version only)

    As expected, the last few hundred meters to my parents house in Middelfart – the house where I grew up – were emotionally very heavy pedalling. Massive waves of emotions, of relief, of utter joy & happiness, of longing, of being back, of accomplishment had been rushing through me over the last few days, and now – after more than 1.400 days on the road nonstop – I was finally back home with my loved ones.

    Seeing them all standing in the driveway, waiting for me, with Danish paper flags all over, was without a doubt one of the strongest moments in my life, and the tears automatically started flowing, freestyle. I don’t really remember the last meters towards the open arms of my mum, my dad, and my sister, but the hugs were the best and deepest the world has ever seen. So unreal. So good. (See photos from my arrival here)

    After 5 days with my parents in Middelfart, I’m getting ready (practically rather than mentally) for the very final leg of the WT-expedition which will bring me back to Copenhagen, where it all started 4 years ago.

    I’ll be leaving tomorrow (Thursday) and will arrive on Saturday 20FEB2010, 12.00 PM/noon, at the Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square) in central Copenhagen (see my planned route into Copenhagen here).

    Undoubtedly, this, too, will be a very special moment for me. The official end of my dream, my reality over the last 1.414 days. If you happen to be in the ‘hood, come and share the moment with me. I’d be happy to see you there (tears allowing)…

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    Day 1.410 – The Artichoke (UK)

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

    Dinner at the Restaurant Artis-Kokken with my parents. Middelfart, Denmark.

    It’s been quite a while since I went out for dinner with my parents last time. More than 3 years. Vietnam seems sooo far away now.

    Dinner at the Restaurant Artis-Kokken with my parents. Middelfart, Denmark.

    Late in the evening there’s a knocking at the front door. Childhood friends, Jens (of earlier WT-fame) and Thomas surprisingly drop in for a happy chat and a cold beer. Wonderful and how I’ve missed just hanging out with good friends, speaking my native tongue, cracking jokes and sharing anecdotes together.

    Surprise visit at home: Thomas and Jens.

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    Photo Album From France

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

    No, it’s not quite over yet.

    I’ve just made a visual presentation of my time in France, that turned out to be much colder, much longer than expected. I also made much more great friends all over France. C’est la vie.

    1a. Photo Album From France (86 photos)

    1b. Slideshow From France

    You can also see the WT Gallery on Flickr.

    Nicolai (Middelfart, Denmark)

    What Else Could Be New?

    WT Route Map 2006-2010

    The Homecoming – Article in Danish paper…

    …and as always:

    WT Hall of Fame

    **** 1.410 days, 62.008 km, 53 countries, 6 continents ****

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    Day 1.409 – Lukas

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

    I wonder if he’s missed me as much as I’ve missed him?

    I wonder if he's missed me as much as I've missed him?

    Most of the day’s spent trying to get organized, re-packing my beloved bike bags for tomorrow’s take-off, leaving everything behind that I don’t absolutely need, and stocking up on off-bike clothes for my arrival (and first weeks/months?) in Copenhagen.

    Being reunited with my old wardrobe anno April 2006 is a feat that cannot be overestimated – and is all part of my on-going process of becoming a “normal” (or less Lycra-clad, at least) citizen again.

    Trying to get a little organized...

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    Day 1.408 – The Interview

    Monday, February 15th, 2010

    Lukas (b. 1997)

    WT-media-wise, the highlight of the day is Line, a journalist from the Danish newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende, who pays me a visit at home with her photographer Asbjørn for a longer interview (come back shortly for the article, in Danish only).

    Interview with Danish newspaper, Fyens Stiftstidende.

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    Planned Arrival in Copenhagen 20FEB2010 (DK)

    Monday, February 15th, 2010

    (Danish Only)

    Så kan jeg snart ikke trække den længere. Den fysiske del af WT-ekspeditionen nærmer sig for alvor sin afslutning (jeg forventer den åndelige del vil fortsætte), og den vil jeg gerne dele med dig.

    På lørdag den 20. februar 2010 kl. 12.00 vil jeg trille ind på Rådhuspladsen i København (se ruten her), hvilket officielt betyder afslutningen på det, som har været min drøm, min virkelighed, mit ét og alt (og Danmarkshistoriens længste cykelrejse) gennem de sidste 1.410 dage.

    Jeg håber du har mulighed for at være der til at dele dette store øjeblik med mig.

    Hvad der herefter skal ske (med mig, med cyklen, med fremtiden, med boligen, med kærligheden, med livet, med drømmene…blandt andet), er én stor åben dør. Og det er vist bedst sådan lige nu.

    Tak for opbakningen og opmuntringen gennem de sidste 4 år.

    Kærligst – og på forhåbentligt gensyn,

    Nicolai

    Rute til Rådhuspladsen, Kbh.

    62.000 km
    1.410 dage
    53 lande
    6 kontinenter

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    Day 1.407 – Sunday At Home

    Sunday, February 14th, 2010

    Fyens Stiftstidende 13FEB2010...

    Mum and dad.

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    Article: The Homecoming (Danish text)

    Sunday, February 14th, 2010

    From the Danish newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende, Saturday 13FEB2010

    Fyens Stiftstidende 13FEB2010...

    (All rights reserved: Fyens Stiftstidende)

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    Day 1.406 – Cruising Middelfart

    Saturday, February 13th, 2010

    Some 15 packages sent back to Denmark by me from around the world were awaiting me in my childhood room...

    Middelfart Marina...

    Middelfart Marina...

    Middelfart Library.

    Me, my sister, and her boyfriend Lasse. Middelfart, Denmark.

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    Day 1.405 – Arrival Middelfart!

    Friday, February 12th, 2010

    Breakfast in Gråsten, Denmark.

    Gråsten Slot (castle) i baggrunden...

    Oh no, more winter roads...

    Too much snow!

    Swan - the national bird in Denmark...

    Wild life in Haderslev, southern Denmark.

    Snowy crosswinds...chilly!

    Getting very close to Middelfart...

    Horses + Winter

    The Eagle Has Landed!

    Welcome home, Nicolai!

    Welcoming flowers (thanks to E&E)...

    Back home...

    Dad, mum, sister, and Lasse (boyfriend)...

    It's heavy. It's delicious. It's Danish. It's a classic. Flæskesteg med rødkål, brunede kartofler, hvide kartofler og chips...Bon appetit!

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    Day 1.404 – Winter & Danish Hospitality

    Thursday, February 11th, 2010

    Leaving Goethesvej in Sønderborg, Denmark...

    Plenty of snow this winter...

    Wind power...

    Åbenrå, 2010.

    A very fine (and cold) ride today...

    Snow and ice...

    Church, betw. Aabenraa and Haderslev, Denmark.

    Winter 2010.

    Winter in Haderslev, February 2010.

    Afternoon coffee in Starup/Haderslev with Sven and Esther...

    Golden sunset over southern Denmark...

    Aase, Anne, Marie, Line, and Sven preparing a lovely dinner in Graasten, Denmark.

    The Dall Family & me in Graasten...

    Line, Marie, Nicolai, and Anne...

    We both loved it!

    A comfy night awaits!

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    WT On Danish Radio (10FEB2010)

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

    Yesterday, as I crossed the German/Danish border, I was met by the Danish media. The first link is an audio file from the border crossing (yes, huge moment for me). It’s all in Danish.

    10FEB2010: DR Syd. Arrival Denmark (in Danish)

    The second link is a radio interview I just did a few hours ago, with Danish Radio Syd (Danish too)…

    10FEB2010: DR Syd. Radio Interview

    All rights reserved. DR (Danmarks Radio)

    More news later about my arrival in Denmark. Stay tuned.

    Nicolai (Sønderborg, Denmark)

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    Day 1.403 – The Nugget

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

    Daddy Sam & The Nugget...

    Look, mum!

    Mads, the nugget...

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    WT on National TV (DR, 09FEB2010)

    Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

    Yesterday, my arrival in Denmark, after 1.402 days, 61.850 km through 53 countries on 6 continents hit the news…Have a look via the link below (but don’t blink, you might miss it!)

    09FEB2010: DR Update (National Danish TV)

    All rights reserved. DR (Danmarks Radio)

    Nicolai

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    Day 1.402 – DENMARK!

    Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

    Last morning before crossing the Danish border. In Flensburg.

    Leaving Flensburg, minus 4 degrees C.

    Just 5 km to go...

    I had a few minutes to spare before the border crossing into Denmark, scheduled at 12PM. And I needed a little something to take care of those butterflies inside of me…

    Free wine tastings in the Fleggaard shop...

    100 meters to go. Denmark is virtually just around the corner...

    For now, you’ll have to imagine all the emotions that went through my head at this point, just 100 meters from the isolated Danish border post. Suffice it to say, it was a salty, strong moment for me. Unforgettable.

    Arrival DENMARK!

    Interviewed by the press at the tiny (pedestrian) border crossing...

    Action-filming at the border...

    Ragge and I, enjoying a cold (first of) Danish Tuborg beer...

    Happily back in Denmark.

    More frost on the Danish side of the border. Minus 3 C.

    Snowy Denmark.

    Dybbøl Mølle.

    Winter in Denmark, February 2010.

    Beautiful Sønderborg, southern Denmark.

    Sønderborg, southern Denmark.

    For months I’d been waiting for this moment…and true friendship rarely disappoints.

    Re-united with my best friend Anders & family...

    The nugget Mads (14 months)...

    Reunited.

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    Denmark Calling (tomorrow)!

    Monday, February 8th, 2010

    Over the last 1.402 days I’ve cycled 62.000 km on an uninterrupted solo ride around the world – the longest in Danish history, by the way.

    Since the departure from Denmark April 10, 2006 I’ve cycled through 53 countries on 6 continents and now, 4 years later, it’s almost over.

    Tomorrow, Tuesday February 08, 2010 I’ll thus cross the Danish/German border at noon, 12.00PM at the Niehuus/Padborg crossing (see this link for more info).

    Officially, the WT Expedition will finish at the Raadhuspladsen (Town Hall Square) in Copenhagen (more info to come on www.worldtravellers.dk).

    If you feel like sharing that (personally) epic moment with me, well, see you tomorrow at the border at 12.00PM/noon then.

    Nicolai (in Flensburg, Germany. 5 km to go…)

    PS. Yes, I do drink hot coffee…

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    Day 1.401 – The End’s Near

    Monday, February 8th, 2010

    Solo-breakfasting in Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein - Germany.

    Hotel Grüner Kranz, Rendsburg.

    When you have this…

    Another cold ride...

    …you usually get this…

    Ice, the wrong place...

    Near Hwy 77, just before I got pulled over by the German police...

    Smooth (if slippery) cobble-stoned road in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

    Smooth (if slippery) cobble-stoned road in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

    Heaps of snow in Germany!

    What a feeling!

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    Day 1.400 – 200 Holidays Non-stop

    Sunday, February 7th, 2010

    Brekkie, my way...

    Breakfast (incl.) at the "An der Karlstadt Gasthaus" in Bremerhaven...

    Bismarckstrasse, Bremerhaven.

    Danish on street signs = sure sign that I'm getting closer now...

    More and more snow as I move north...

    Tunnel under the Kiel Canal...

    Tunnel under the Kiel Canal...

    Giros dinner for one in Rendsburg, Germany.

    Ahh, Franziskaner, the good white beer.

    Having been on the road for – what time-wise corresponds to – a whopping 200 consecutive charter holidays was worth a bit of celebration. And it made it easier to justify another ridiculously expensive night at a German gasthaus…

    At 45 Euros, this ended up being the most expensive accommodation in WT-history...

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    Day 1.399 – Conditions: Not Perfect

    Saturday, February 6th, 2010

    Great and healthy brekkie table with Dietmar in Oldenburg...

    Brekkie with Kim and Dietmar...

    Interviewing in a German restaurant near Oldenburg...

    Berliner mit Kaffee...A Classic.

    Number of times I fell off the bike on this stretch of icy roads: 3

    Slippery, very slippery...

    Not enjoying the slow progress...

    Waiting for the ferry across the Weser River from Nordenham to Bremerhaven...

    On board the ferry to Bremerhaven...

    My Bremerhaven room. Ridiculous value-for-money, at 40 Euros/night, but I was cold. Painful.

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    Day 1.398 – Dietmar

    Friday, February 5th, 2010

    Breakfast table reserved!

    Winter backroads in Lower Saxony/Niedersachsen, Germany

    Smile!

    Do you see my cameraman?

    Shooting in a German bäckerei (bakery)…

    Smile (and say something clever!)...

    Anything for the camera, right?

    Couchsurfing with Dietmar (71) in Oldenburg, Germany.

    Calling my parents in Denmark, from Oldenburg, Germany.

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    Day 1.397 – The Documentary-Maker

    Thursday, February 4th, 2010

    Another frosty morning. Don't feel like pedalling.

    Bundesrepublik Deutschland, WT-country #52.

    Not ideal ride conditions!

    Oh, the heavy dirt on my Danish flag...

    Meeting up with filmmakers Jan and Kim on German backroads

    Meeting up with filmmakers Kim (in car) and Jan on German backroads......

    Zigeunerschnitzel - echt super!

    Schnitzel-dinner with Kim in German Gasthaus Restaurant in Löningen, Niedersachsen.

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    WT Route Map 2006-2010

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

    The following link shows a screen shot of the route I’ve cycled since I left Denmark on April 10, 2006.

    6 continents, 52 countries, 1.400 days, and 61.500 km later I’m in Holland, only 500 km from home.

    Click here for the WT Route Map 2006-2010

    Nicolai (Enschede, Netherlands)

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    Day 1.396 – Stroopwafels in Enschede (photos)

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

    Room with a view, Enschede - The Netherlands.

    Stroopwafels - a sweet, Dutch biscuit...

    Working in WT HQ

    Enschede Synagogue...

    Me and Esly in the synagogue...

    Enschede main square...

    Enschede downtown...

    Esly and me in the kitchen...

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    Day 1.395 – Bromfiets

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

    Day 1.395 – 02FEB2010: Oostrum -> Enschede
    Distance (km) : 122
    Time on bike : 5h 40m
    Brutto time: 09.10 – 16.15
    Avg : 21.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 38.0
    Total (km) : 61.481
    Altitude: 70 m
    Difficulty: 3

    Overwhelming brekkie with Truus in Oostrum, Holland.

    Ready for another snowy winter cycling day...

    Crossing the Maas/Meuse River...

    German sneak preview!

    Crossing the mighty Rhein River in Germany.

    Lasagne dinner in Enschede with Esly...

    Dutch Word of the Day: Bromfiets (=scooter. (Fiets=bicycle, Brom=the sound of a scooter)

    From wet to dry...

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    Day 1.394 – From Belgian To Dutch Hospitality

    Monday, February 1st, 2010

    Day 1.394 – 01FEB2010: Zonhoven (B) -> Oostrum (NL)
    Distance (km) : 102
    Time on bike : 5h 34m
    Brutto time: 10.10 – 17.30
    Avg : 18.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 32.9
    Total (km) : 61.359
    Altitude: 100 m
    Difficulty: 3½

    Text missing for now…

    Ready for take-off after wonderful days in Zonhoven, Belgium.

    The Koga in winter dress...

    Winter in Belgium...

    The Koga in winter dress...

    Winter in Belgium...

    Koffie break in Belgium...

    The Netherlands! WT-country #51...

    Pond in Holland...

    Great cycling conditions in the Netherlands...

    America (Dutch version)

    Picturesque...

    Dirk in Oostrum (and a welcome sign)...

    Wonderful Dutch dinner in Oostrum...

    The vlaai cake...

    Chilling with Truus, Pieter, and Dirk in Oostrum, Holland.

    New town, new bed...

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