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    Will You Ever Settle Down, Nicolai? (UK)

    I do receive quite a lot of e-mails these days, from people asking various questions about my cycling life (about the preparations, equipment, route-planning, loneliness, best/worst experiences, colour of my undies etc.).

    I do appreciate the interest from all over the world and try to address the questions whenever I have a minute or two available. Recently, I’ve been trying hard to catch up with the present, to get the diary back up-to-date – an attempt that has been poorly lacking words (but a lot of photos!).

    I just got an e-mail from a british guy, David in London, who asked me:

    Do you ever hope to settle down, do you worry that you should have a wife, kids one day. Or will you travel indefinitely. I have worried too much about things and now time is running out!

    In this recent lacuna of words, I’ll post my reply here, in case unlikely event that other people have been wondering along the same lines…


    Hi David…

    Thanks for your words…

    Reg. your questions, I try not to think too much about what’s ahead of me, in terms of my future life, most likely in Denmark, but I try to keep my doors open and am sort of ready for whatever pops up/comes my way.

    I do fancy living in Denmark, at least for a while, once I hit Danish turf, around April 2010.

    My expedition needs all the focus I can afford, which is pretty much why I try not to “plan ahead” etc. I will have wife and kids one day. Absolutely. And this “missing link” in my life does, to be honest, take up more and more mental space on the journey, which is now running for the 4th consecutive year.

    Of course I do think a lot about my family, friends and girlfriend-to-be out here, away from everything that used to constitute “normal life” to me. Instead of actually missing all of that, looking back, thinking: “Shit, it’s been soo long since I’ve been with the people I love and really care about”, I try to look forward and think of it as a present to be opened in the (now not so distant) future.
    I often visualize the actual hugs with friends and family, and that is quite a tearjerker. Crossing the border with Denmark next year will be so immensely emotional to me. Goosebumps all over. 🙂

    Get out of that comfy armchair of yours, David and get rolling. Regretting is not part of any bike trip!

    Hope all’s good in London.

    Best regards, Nicolai

    There is a lot more to be said on this matter, naturally, but this is it for now…

    On this day..

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    One Response to “Will You Ever Settle Down, Nicolai? (UK)

    1. Jack Says:

      Don’t worry Nicolai. Another Dane is on his second trip around the world. He just does it on foot. He is running around the world. This time he is going to run from Norway to South Africa, and from South America to Canada. Check out his webpage http://www.worldrun.org/

      His first tour was crossing the European and Asian continent from West to the East.

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