- Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
I am Martin and I am travelling by bike since more than 25 years. Born in the former GD my first bike tours were around my hometown Leipzig. After 1989 I started to travel the world by bike. My first bike tour was 1991 from Leipzig to Venice and via France and Benelux back to Germany. You can read about my stories on my blog.
- How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell us why)?
I´ve been in 47 countries so far by bike. Surprisingly I really like it to live in Germany, next to Hamburg. But Scotland or Sweden (my wife is from there) are also good places to settle down.
- What do you miss most, aside from your family, from home?
On the road: the German bread. In general: nothing.
- What is the most common misconception that people have about you during your traveling?
Maybe that all days on tour are adventurous and breathtaking. The everyday live on tour sometimes is boring, but luckily very often thrilling and surprising.
- Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
I meet very friendly people all over the world. Sometimes their hospitality was overwhelmed, like in Mali, where the people gave my food and bed while waiting for a lift through the Sahara desert. That was truly guest friendship and I felt very welcomed.
- Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?
I had more funny moments. The funniest was my Vodka party in the Ukraine with a bunch of village people. And my memories only based on the pictures I`ve taken during that party. (Full story here).
- Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try (If you have a picture, share it with us).
I am not a gourmet, so it is hard for me to decide which the best food was I ever had on tour. I really liked the Georgian food and wine. At the end I didn’t know what I eat, but it was delicious.
But what you have to try is Guinea Pig. I had it in Ecuador and it was not easy to eat. First I had to choose the right one out of a bunch of living pigs. Than it was slaughtered and was served only with some tomatoes. At the end it was delicious, a little bit like chicken, but I had to switch off my brain to eat it.
- Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tong and explain what it means.
Nur Idioten ändern ihre Meinung nicht = Only idiots don’t change their opinion. It a phrase I like as it reminds me always to think in different ways and not to accept situations like they are. And to change everything if necessary.
- Best foreign curse you know?
Hönsjärna – chicken brain
- What is your favourite website?
I can really recommend TomsBiketrip, AdventureJunkies and BruderLeichtfuss
- One thing you don’t like about other travelers or traveling?
I don´t like if someone is separating people who travels into Travellers (=good) and Tourists (=not so good). I believe that everybody will find the right way to discover the world and to travel. I am tourist and traveller in the same way and I am not travelling to become something better compare to others. I am travelling for myself. That´s all.
- What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
Sometimes waiting is better than acting.