On the road again

We left Greece at the end of August, packing up our lives again from the small flat in Serres, near the Bulgarian border, and decamping into the seven bags that we carry on our bikes. The first step of the journey involved a train ride to Thessaloniki, leaving after Sarah's final English class with the … Continue reading On the road again

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The Road to Thessaloniki – Part V: the final stretch 

Another border, another change in road quality and driving style, and a long descent to Lake Ohrid, the high lake peaceful and calm in the quiet of the evening. We pitched up fortuitously at an incredibly hospitable campsite right on the lake, two fields overlooking the still water, where the host at Camping Rino brought … Continue reading The Road to Thessaloniki – Part V: the final stretch 

The Road to Thessaloniki – Part IV: northern Italy and into the Balkans

After the flat lands of northern Italy from Verona on the fringes of the Alps, through Venice and round to Trieste, finally shaking off the rain as we followed stunning gravel mountain roads through Slovenia, we arrived in Croatia. The woman on the border control – the first time on the trip we’d had our … Continue reading The Road to Thessaloniki – Part IV: northern Italy and into the Balkans

The shade

The regional asylum office sits alongside a main industrial estate road on the outskirts of Thessaloniki, several kilometres from the centre. A collection of container offices surrounds a small patch of wilting grass, trodden to dirt between twenty or so wooden picnic benches. Driving there from the Help Refugees warehouse we pass the Softex refugee … Continue reading The shade

The Road to Thessaloniki — Part II: flat lands, mountains and snow

We left the French border town of Colmar in warm late April sunshine (weather and wind direction were high on our list of daily priorities and topics of conversation), leaving behind its bizarre cycle lanes that ran along the central pedestrianised section of long boulevards, before spewing cyclists out into the middle of a roundabout, … Continue reading The Road to Thessaloniki — Part II: flat lands, mountains and snow