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

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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 Enough tears poured down my face to put an end to the infamous Ethiopian droughts of the 1980’s. Why? I wasn’t sad, moved or angry. Was I delirious? I sobbed uncontrollably in

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Nearly Getting Beat Up In Irkutsk, Siberia

People Problems In Siberia Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen When on the road I typically carry no electronic devices except for my camera. I opt to leave my South Korean 2G phone at home and go completely off the grid. Of course the need for communication arises occasionally

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Siberian Stereotype Breakers

Siberian Stereotype Breakers Date- September 20, 2018 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=357gQTTmej0 Stereotypes were all I had! Vodka drinking, ballet dancing, fat men hunting wild game in the cold, stone faced people with no expressions on their faces and frigid temperatures. This was the Siberia I had

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Walking The Walk For Mother Earth

Walking The Walk For Mother Earth Date- September 11 , 2018 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen After cycling in many unforgiving parts of the world, I have become an environmentalist. My passion for tour cycling has led me to experience the reality of the world in its rawest

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Russia’s Strongest Man

Russia’s Strongest Man Date- September 7, 2018 Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen My bike was packed and ready to go. My cardboard box weighed in under the 23 kilogram weight limit for Aeroflot Airlines. Packing my bike for a plane ride is always an essential part of a

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Chan Meditation- Self Inflicted Torture

Self Inflicted Torture Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen The schedule looked brutal but I was thirsty for self improvement. The path to everlasting peace and bliss is a constant struggle but I was up for the challenge. This time the retreat was only three days long but much

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Police Chase In Xinjiang

The Police Save Me again Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen I was in the middle of a dream as a dark figure appeared in front of me. Three armed police officers surrounded me while I attempted to decipher reality from the unconscious mind. The sun was shining again

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The One With No Money Holds All The Power

ThE Power Of Having no Money Written by George Balarezo, Intrepid Global Citizen I crossed the bridge from psychological distress to immediate relief. Finally the long awaited Xinjiang village was just around the corner. I wolfed down my plate of home cooked ‘lakhman’ and feasted on the complimentary fire stove

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