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Slovenia
26/10/2009, 11:45
Filed under: Hungary, Slovenia

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Hey hey,

so, we left the apple farm on a bloody windy and cold day, so windy that we planned our route so that the wind somehow gets in our back, which kind of worked.. We were about to take a break when someone, who saw two crazy persons on crazy loaded bikes, couldn’t help asking us where we were from, in english! It must be said that we’ve been communicating a lot with gestures and mimic, and hearing english is rare… This was followed by an invitation for a warm cup of tea, and as cheeky as we are we asked if we could plant the tent in the garden.. and finaly were invited to sleep in the living room -also as it was going to freeze at night- as if we were family! And guess what we did in in the house to help? We picked apples!!! Ha ha!

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This was the house of Agota and Kalman, and their daughters Katalin and Zsilvia, and it’s Zsilvia who saw us on the street. She’s vegetarian and her sister too, and we discovered we have many things in common, and it’s so nice to find someone like that in a complete different country! We went to Kalman’s wine cellar, he makes an excellent wine, a really really good one!!We even stayed two nights in the end as it was still really windy the next day, but we finally got back on the road, with still cold weather but our winter clothes are used now!

We then crossed the slovenian border, and went to Jeruzalem…

mr Reynolds told us that jeruzalem is a must see.. we thought he was just talking, but actually wow really beautiful place. its a village in the hills, many many hills, with little houses all with vineyards going up down across the valleys in beautiful directions. our 10pound camera broke up there from the cold so coulnt take photos im affraid. we went wine tasting and some camp wine dude with ‘tony n guy’ style hair served us a glass, he wasnt very nice actually, probably because we scared away his rich customers arriving with BMWs,  seeing some eurogypsies sipping wine over the counter and asking to fill up water bottles. anyway not bad the wine, the best wine we tasted was when Mr Kalman took us to his cellar.

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we slept in jeruzalam in the end, we found a pitch next to some house , in the morning they gave us wine, water and grapes to take-away!! all grapes here are white apart from a few red ones, like to refer to them as the holy grapes of jesus, our take-away grapes were red indeed! sweet ones too. anyway our shitty camera worked again in the morning as we sat on it for a while to heat it up(must have been moses with his miracles again), the photo above does not at all capture the beauty of the valley afraid,  but it captures where the neighbour just ploughed his potato field the day before instead, pretty ugly hey.. anyway thats where we slept and saw the sunset over the valleys, with our takeaway wine from the camp winegeezer of this holy wine land. appartenly its where the crusades stayed and got drunk back in my grandad days.

oh forgot to mention, in jerzulam whilst cyclin through, we meet a handsome doggy dog at a resto, later whilst leaving the place, saw the dog down the road. doggy was exactly like Ali’s dog in amsterdam, beautiful, so we called him cena too, the dog ended up following us and running through the vineyards along the wavy roads through the valley, was so amazing, unforetunatly the dog followed us for about 30 mins, maybe 5km. ooops! we thought that that was it, cena 2 is coming with us, to france at least! we asked neighbours if they knew the dogs owner as we dont like stealing dogs from people u know. anyway they laughed , and said its the dog of jeruzalam , and said dont worry. but they were drunk , sitting eating horsechesnuts and as we didnt speak language wasnt sure we could take the dog wit us. so, as the dog was in their wineyard, we did a runner mate,, and left the dog wit them, oopps. that way we hoped that he could find his master again, muzzy was really sad as its his dream to travel on bike wit a dog, especially one like cena!!

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yeah yeah rock an roll

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rock n roll happy days

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we are now in Ljubljana, the capital, met a frenchie last nite as we came out le cinema from watching a french film (mouchette) he took us to the social centre where we staying, some alternate culture here for a capital with only 250,000 peeps. aint got much time to write more but lots n lots more to say , especially about above photos n here. ciao ciao ladies and gentlemen

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APPLE FARM
09/10/2009, 15:41
Filed under: Hungary

SUNP0026hello bonjour hello.

as you can see amelie picking apples, you re right in guessing that we are at an apple farm.

we stayin with a nice english fella, and helping him with his apples. we have made loads of quince jelly, made apple compote, made  apple pies and guess what, had apple cake for our fella mr arthur reynolds 65th birthday garthering party. what a party it was, we had champagne too, the locals came over too, kids grannies and hercules, the neighbour who picked up 3m logs by him self when loading the lorry. muz was struggling just rolling them over. we are working hard here an having dreams with apples in them, we gonna try leave on monday towards slovenia, might be a bit hard to set off again as we have got used to having our own place again, yes mr arthur just gave the keys to one of his houses, very nice indeed.

oh yeah forgot to say that there is a big coca colla company here too, we saw it on our way and wanted to blow it up.. everyone we meet seems to have worked for them , we passed by the bosses house to drop off some plough and have heard about the other bosses, crazy stuff. there is hot thermals here so it attracts tourists and coca cola, they pumping out some waTER or something. they really are taking over the world,..

they have these scarecrow along the road outside houses, dont know why as they usually live on farms i thought, maybe its to scare away the coca cola.

also the little boy is the son of the guys house we randomly arrived at, he had the exact same adress as the apple farm we were travelling too. the only thing is that that its was 60km on the other side of the region, stupid google map gave us the wrong adress for his farm. what a detour hey, yeah so this man had some random strangers on bikes knocking on his door at 8pm, he didnt much english and must have thought we are bonkers as we we-re waving our arms about indicating apple picking etc trying to explain wwoofing took an hour, he was really nice and invited us to stay the night. in the morning he came over to offer us tea and some strong strong liquer, so we had to down a big shot each,, 7 in the morning. they drink vodka here to wake up. when we offered him the glass he said, no… i driving the kids to school. ha ha.

bye bye , salut comrades

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HUNGARY
28/09/2009, 09:54
Filed under: Austria, Hungary

YES YES, so we have got to hungary, as hungry as hungary sounds, yes some hungry animals here, two cyclists on and wild pigs in the forest. last nite we found camp in a 6k wide forest and in the middle of the nite a beast started ramping towards our tent, really loud , then we heard its nose making that pig noise , it was pitch black so we where scared at first, thinking its the hungry hungrary monster.

SUNP0011we heading south to a apple farm, we meet some cool couple yesterday in austria, they had been cycling thro india for year and half , japan etc, so was pleasant to have break at their place, got some tips etc. they to had a stick for the wild dogs and pigs i guess.

its really sunny, strange, but amazing. merci mon dieu

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