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by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 10:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring in Albania
Replies: 9
Views: 1826

Re: touring in Albania

Enjoy. From our car holiday experience in Albania last year (which prompted my initial question), be prepared for hot weather, bad road surfaces, and expect wonderful mountain views, good food and friendly people. In the end we postponed our Albania plan for this year, because I just heard I have to...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 10:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11972

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I think this is a good idea that needs some adjustment. First, I think if you conceive of this as part of a life style change, you have to take a longer term perspective. The first thing I would do is include cycling into your daily routine, if possible. Ride to work, use your bike for shopping trip...
by willem jongman
11 Mar 2019, 8:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring in Albania
Replies: 9
Views: 1826

Re: touring in Albania

It is a real issue, particularly in Bosnia, but not in Albania. There are many warning signs all over Bosnia, but I would not trust that they cover all remaining mines. Similarly, there are abandoned houses that are booby trapped.
by willem jongman
5 Mar 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21308
Views: 519832

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

I said what I said because I have not seen any rational economic analysis of the advantages of Brexit. I am an economic historian by profession and I think I know a bit about economics. The vast majority of academic economists predict that Brexit will hurt your economy. Hence I can only assume that ...
by willem jongman
5 Mar 2019, 3:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21308
Views: 519832

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

And yet you trusted some politicians to deliver Albion from the evil Europeans?
by willem jongman
4 Mar 2019, 8:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21308
Views: 519832

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

If there is indeed one thing in which the UK is fundamentally different from the rest of Europe it is social inequality. In Britain the rich are filthy rich, and the poor are desperately poor. If you look at the statistics the contrast is enormous. And now it is upper class twits like Jacob Rees-Mog...
by willem jongman
4 Mar 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring in Albania
Replies: 9
Views: 1826

touring in Albania

I was wondering if anyone has toured in Albania and/or knows good routes. Last summer we visited by car and loved the scenery of the country. The hotels we used last year were pretty good and cheap, and the same was true for restaurants.This year we are considering returning to the region, but now f...
by willem jongman
4 Mar 2019, 6:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Platypus wine "bottle"
Replies: 25
Views: 1114

Re: Platypus wine "bottle"

Platypus is a reputable brand indeed, from the same outdoor conglomerate that gave you Thermarest and MSR. I did try one of the cheap offerings: it leaked.
by willem jongman
4 Mar 2019, 6:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?
Replies: 89
Views: 11831

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

Since people are referring to me, yes I am Dutch but have worked in Cambridge for a number of years in the late 1970's and twice thereafter. As for what the UK may expect out of Brexit, the cost of a hard Brexit was recently estimated at 8% of GDP and is probably increasing now. The longer term pros...
by willem jongman
4 Mar 2019, 6:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21308
Views: 519832

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

Since people are referring to me, yes I am Dutch but have worked in Cambridge for a number of years in the late 1970's and twice thereafter. As for what the UK may expect out of Brexit, the cost of a hard Brexit was recently estimated at 8% of GDP and is probably increasing now. The longer term pros...
by willem jongman
2 Mar 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?
Replies: 89
Views: 11831

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

It has something to do with the EU in the sense that within the EU no provider is allowed to charge more for international roaming within the EU than for domestic mobile internet. Of course, individual providers may opt to continue to offer this (and not just within the EU) on a voluntary basis to m...
by willem jongman
2 Mar 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21308
Views: 519832

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

It has something to do with the EU in the sense that within the EU no provider is allowed to charge more for international roaming within the EU than for domestic mobile internet. Of course, individual providers may opt to continue to offer this (and not just within the EU) on a voluntary basis to m...
by willem jongman
2 Mar 2019, 11:25am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21308
Views: 519832

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

Maybe some will still come to their senses and put the whole thing off. If not, I would not plan to travel in the immediate aftermath. Make sure you have proper health insurance, a current passport, and be prepared for a pound that will buy you less. Beyond that, of course you are welcome, just as y...
by willem jongman
24 Feb 2019, 8:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Platypus wine "bottle"
Replies: 25
Views: 1114

Re: Platypus wine "bottle"

I have had one for the last few years and have been happy with it. It will not leak, and the wine does not taste any worse after a day. Compared to a glass bottle it saves weight and is easier to pack into a pannier. During last summer´s heat wave it also served as a very welcome additional water bo...
by willem jongman
1 Dec 2018, 1:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cameras on tour
Replies: 33
Views: 1715

Re: Cameras on tour

Yes at close range this is possible, but in many other situations not. In 35 mm I used to photograph with fast Nikkor lenses, and that effect is hard to replicate or even approach. But then my wife's m4/3 camera and its lenses are massively lighter and smaller than my case with 35 mm Nikon gear. I o...