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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Moien (Hello in Luxembourgish) and greetings from the land of the medieval castles and chateaus,
It is very difficult to type with a German keyboard, so our apologies in advance for the awful spelling and the non=existance of the punctuations.
Cycling in Holland and Northern Belgium had been a breeze but things changed very quickly when we got to Southern Belgium. Gone are the 100 km days (yep, it is kilometer and celcius now), welcome crawling up the 7 or 8 percent ascents at about 6 km an hour. However, noticing the chance in the scenery, the climate, the history and the culture as we crawled along were well worth the effort. Because we move so slowly and camp outdoors or stay with host families, we feel like we get a true taste of the places that we visit.
Staying with host families, eating with them, cooking with them, getting tipsy on wonderful Belgium beer with them has made a big difference in our trip. As I write this Karin, our host in Luxembourg is cooking us a mouth dripping vegetarian meal while one of her four dogs is sleeping by my feet. Our bedroom has an amazing view of the chateau of Larochette on the top of the hill. In the afternoons we take the dogs for a long walk wih Karin. In the 2 or 3 days that we spend with the host families we become a part of that family. They give us lots of advice, good ole home cooked meals, maps and good wishes.  They tell us their travels and give us their home keys. Them being travelers themselves, there is an unwritten rule of trust that I thought belonged to a long gone world. I can't even begin to tell you how much hope that this trust gives us.
Spring is in the air and every animal you can imagine is mating along the road as we ride our bikes. Bryan is taking video of every one of them. We have a full collection of animal love on tape.
We will explore Luxembourg city tomorrow and then start making our way to France where we will meet Gizem's mom and possibly two other friends.
Lots of love from Luxo,
Gizem and Bryan
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rootbass on

Hi Guys!
Thank you for the update. It sounds like you are having so much fun! It was great to hear from you. Be careful and have fun!
Rick, Amanda, Hayden, and Miss MEGAN!

slender on

Helal Olsun Sana Pascal Nouma
Sevgili Gizem,
Bircok kisinin hayalini kurdugu, ama cesitli sebeplerden yapamadigi bu muhtesem geziye ciktiginiz icin tekrar tebrikler.
Mesajlariniz gelmeye devam ediyor, geziniz ile ilgili son haberleri ilgiyle izliyorum.
Fazla soyleyecek birsey bulamiyorum. Bu mesaji Turkce yazdim, kolaylika kocana cevireceginden eminim. Basligi da anlamini cozerek translate edersen sevinirim.
Opuyorum ikinizi de...

ckcigdem on

Greeting fm Cigdem & Cem / Istanbul
Very nice to hear fm you so frequently. We are elated that your are really enjoying as planned. We wish we were there with you a side. A 70 kms a day is nothing for us by a cycle so we think we could be a good fellow to you.Imagine Ada join us as well. A curly hair waving at the wind.

Well take good care of yourself and know that we are very jealus about what you are doing.

I am sure Cem would like to hear about a beer kind more. I really wish to went to Amsterdam with Cem to taste all the beer plus marihuana together. This time forget about Ada.

It is good to hear that Gizem will meet her mum in France. She might be very excited about.

We are all well. Ada is 3 months young now.

Cigdem & Cem & Ada KARAL

quan on

Hello, Hello....
Sevgili Gizem'cigim ve Bryan'cigim, her e-mailinizi okudugumda yasamin guzelliklerini bizlerle de paylastiginiz icin gonlum sizlerle ve resimlerinizle de birlikte oluyorum. Her ikinizin yuksek enerjisi altindayim... Dualarimda ve dusuncelerimdesiniz. Yolunuz acik olsun.. Annene ve Sevinc'e benim icin saril...Her ikinizi de ozlemle kucaklarim. Bilge teyze.

vetdoc07 on

Greetings from the Ayres Family
I agree the beer is very good there. I miss German beer. Drink a few for me. Hope all is well. We are really enjoying sharing in some of your adventures so far and we look forward to the next ones. I am glad that ya'll are on bikes.. you seem to be enjoying the beer alot. My love to you both and keep safe.

msflwr on

greetings from California
Hi you two! I just wanted you to know that i've been reading your blog and am so glad you are having such a FANTASTIC time! Yeah! Take good care of yourselves and i cannot wait to hear more. My favorite part was the beekeeping picture - natch!


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