Project Barcoiris: Traveling the Amazon River

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May/June2019 What would a trip in Southamerica be like without visiting the Amazon? A bicycle isn´t the best for that, because there are no roads, just rivers. I continue by boat and I joined a whole boat caravan. From Iquitos to Leticia was the first leg of this journey and here is a video about […]


Colombia: Riding the trampolin of the death

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April 2019 Colombia starts the same way as Ecuador ends: With a lot of mountains. The road goes up and down, up and down – at least it´s a paved road. There is rain and sunshine and good views. I try to use smaller secondary road with less traffic. My plan was to cycle through […]


Ecuador: Back on the bike

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March 2019 Back from vacation. Back with my bike. Back into my travel life. It hasn´t always been easy in Germany. In the old home. Back here I feel more free, relaxed. Nobody has expectations of me. Nobody knows me here. Except Juan and Fanghorn, two friends, whom I meet in Quito on the second […]

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Germany: Culture shock in my own country

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I´m nervous as the engines of the Boeing A346 howl louder and louder and as the plane accelerates on the runway. Soon the machine is fast enough and the wheels lose contact with the earth. My stomach tingles as I look out the window and the familiar ground becomes smaller and smaller until clouds eventually […]


Video: Bolivia – The Easy Way

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Bolivia – The easy way from Florian Schmale on Vimeo. In 2018 I crossed Bolivia on a bicycle. I choose an easy route – but really easy it was not. I got stuck in mud, stuck in the world biggest salt desert, Salar de Uyuni and got annoyed by a lot of flat tires. An […]