Freedom in the Time of Coronavirus

Freedom in the time of coronavirus Date- September 29th, 2020 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen 10, 20, 40, 80. It was February 22nd, 2020 and I suddenly transplanted myself back to my university calculus class as I sat in a Nairobi guesthouse keeping a close eye on the

Read More »

Hongik Ingan- True Korean Beauty

Hongik Ingan- True Korean Beauty Date- June 1, 2020 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen It was another steamy day in Seoul as sweat trickled down my stomach and left my clothes dark with moisture. Rancid as sewage, ribbons of death waltzed their way through my second-story window screen.

Read More »

A True Man Dies Outside

A True Man Dies Outside Date- May 29, 2020 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen Undulating serpents slithered behind glass cages, opening their frightening mouths trying to bite my finger pressed against the glass, crawling up with an ignorant determination that made me chuckle under my breath. Poisonous snakes,

Read More »

Metal, Rubber and a Broken Bike-Ethiopian Adventures

Metal, Rubber and A Broken Bicycle- Ethiopian Adventures Date- September 18th, 2019 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen “The slimming of an elephant and the losses of a wealthy man are not noticeable.” -Ethiopian Proverb- My next stop was the town of Mekele, capital of Tigray province. The Tigrayans

Read More »

Addis Ababa Awareness Academy

Addis ababa Agression Academy Date- August 29, 2019 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen “The heart of a fool is in his mouth and the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.” -Ethiopian Proverb-     After passing through customs and immigration, I ripped open the box

Read More »

Hyenas, Tigers and Soiled Pants- Ethiopia On a Bike

Hyenas, Tigers and Soiled Pants- Ethiopia On a Bike Date- July 9, 2019 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen It was a dry, hot, queer winter day, the winter I aged five years in one month. I was filthy and didn’t know what I was doing in Addis Ababa.

Read More »

Ethiopia Unhinged

ethiopia unhinged Date- June 19, 2019 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen The information on Ethiopia is out there. Upon checking blogs by several seasoned tour cyclists, they all agreed that Ethiopia is the most challenging country to cycle in. Treacherous mountain passes, blood thirsty hyenas, rock throwing children

Read More »

Deranged, Delirious and Debilitated In Ethiopia

Deranged, delirious, and debilitated in Ethiopia Date- May 2, 2019 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PG6vcsFcNU “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” -Edgar Allan Poe-   I had never been this close to death before. My thighs throbbed, lower calves pulsated, feet went numb, and

Read More »

Reflections on Boredom in Mongolia

Reflections On Boredom in Mongolia Date- April 17, 2019 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen A long queue awaited us at the border and we were ready to jump right into the mess. Lines of cars were waiting for hours as bored passengers were having picnics on the side

Read More »

Tour Cycling In Mongolia- A Battle With The Elements

Tour Cycling in Mongolia- A Battle With the elements Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen Mongolian weather is notorious for wreaking havoc on anyone that attempts to challenge it to a duel. Summer snow storms so cold that toes and fingers turn numb for months. Blinding winds that toss

Read More »

Tour Cycling in Mongolia- Unexpected Friendliness

Tour Cycling In Mongolia- Unexpected Friendliness Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen The long and winding road never seemed to end. Mountains soared above us in the distance along every direction, creating a panorama of green fields as it seemed we were in the center of mother nature’s canyon.

Read More »

Tour Cycling in Mongolia- Is it Really as “Hard” as They Say?

Tour Cycling in Mongolia- Is It Really as “Hard” as they say? Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen Tour cycling in Mongolia has always haunted my dreams. Dirt paths that lead to nowhere, harsh winds, summer snowfalls and nomads roaming Genghis Khan’s former terrain by horse were images that

Read More »

A Siberian Explosion

A Siberian Explosion November 7th, 2018 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen The Trans Siberian Railroad is legendary. It is the Jimi Hendrix of railroads. Connecting Vladivostok and Moscow over a distance that seems farther than it would take to fly to the moon, you could ride it for

Read More »

Creating My Own Siberian Hell

Creating My Own Siberian Hell Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen I was warned about them from countless people before I left for Siberia. They can wreak havoc on you and ruin even the most romantic moments with your loved one. They attack by the thousands and never retreat

Read More »
Close Menu