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Travel Blogs from Osijek
... used to as I hauled my ever expanding body up on to the thankfully cushy seat.
After safely negotiating the city streets we found ourselves riding along a dike towards a protected wilderness area, Duna-Drava National Park. This flat expanse is regularly flooded by the fluctuating levels of the Danube which makes it a prime nesting site for water birds, most notably the White-tailed Eagle and the Black Stork. Our destination was the village ...
... from Frankfurt. They peel off 130 km a day, had been riding for 11 days and have 10 left to get to Istanbul, taking the most direct road. For them it is about the challenge of getting to their destination. One of them joked, "you guys are on vacation, we are on the run". We wished each other the wind in the back and they soon were out of sight.
Our First Impressions of Serbia
The terrain in Serbia became ...
... the second white but all preferred the first red, the recipe for the second red 'unknown'.
Over to a lunch venue where fish was the staple--carp, catfish and perch. The catfish had lots of bones but the other two were fine. Nathalie asked if she could see my blog! We discussed the legal plight of a friend of hers. I said I would look at the file if requested.
A large rainstorm and wind delayed departure until 1525. ...
... was greener in Hungary. Our hostess chatted a bit about times in Osijek before the war and the state of things now, saying 'the world didn't wait for us' ie it moved on with Osijek [and the Balkans generally I suspect] falling behind, left to try to pick up the pieces.
Off after 1540 in the old town to the only ATM machine there. As there was no foreign exchange, Arjan can be my banker for a bit.
The lunch was good. We had a pasta topped with bacon bits. ...
... played with him a bit. He is 11 months old. When we got into the car, the GPS said it was 40°C outside! The car was parked for around an hour so I knew it would be hot, but not that hot!
We then left for Osijek, my dad's hometown, some 250km east of Zagreb. Osijek is
the main centre of the province called Slavonia which is rather flat and full of fields. I played on my iPod most of the journey. After 3 ...