Entries from 'Middle Earth'

Sea Legs

As a child I had a fascination for ships and anything that floats. In those days the government harbour and rail agency, the SAR & H (South African Railways and Harbours) controlled everything – they even had their own drab olive green uniform police force with standard issue snor (moustache). It was this police force…

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Romania – A last few Photos

Here is a last little collection of photos from Romania ….

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Over, Opulence

Cast your mind back to 1989. The Cold War was ending, The Berlin Wall was coming down and satellite Soviet States were demanding democracy. Mass protests and revolutions in the streets caused communist regimes to fall in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and on and on. Perhaps you remember watching this, in South Africa, on…

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Gypsies – “The Measure of a Smile”

Gypsies are Roma. But Roma are not from Romania. Roma or Gypsies leave north India in the early Middle Ages. They travel and settle throughout Europe. Here they adapt, and adopt local religions and languages. Gypsies are Europe’s largest minority group with 11 million people. They endure centuries of discrimination. It culminates in WW2 when…

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Transylvania – “Now you see it, now you don’t”

Transylvania evokes medieval villages, Saxon castles and Dracula!! Yes, it’s the mid 1200s and the world’s empires race to claim land. Present day Germany craves the land to its east; Transylvania. It’s magnificent, in the heart of Romania. Grand Carpathian Mountains shield a fertile valley on all sides. The peasants there are mild. And a…

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Making Amends

It has been 6 years since we last rode our Dakar’s and we wondered how the bikes would be after such a long period of inactivity, not helped by our friends in Germany reminding us that they are kaput. One could argue that these are inanimate objects but for us they very much alive. Cherish…

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! Middle Earth !

  ! Middle Earth ! How did we miss it! Our first trip skirts around it. Our second goes under then over it. And our third slips away. How curious? We are. How curious! Middle Earth is. Turns out. Everything clatters here, in the Middle. First – Vikings, Saxons, Slavs, Romans, Arabs, Turks and Persians….

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