10/05/2023 The oasis of KAUST
I woke up at Melanie’s and Olaf’s place at KAUST. The bright sun was shining on my face, waking me up way too early, I covered my face with a towel to catch up on much needed sleep. When I felt ready to climb out of my warm and cosy bed, I noticed how nice…
09/05/2023 When negative events lead to positive encounters
I woke up in my bed on the floor of my hosts families living room in Mastorah at 5:15am. Drowsy did I stretch my arms and legs, while reflecting on the sweet vivid dream I had. Can I go back? Can I relive this dream? But soon reality reminded me, that my bags had to…
08/05/2023 The simple things in life
I woke up in my tent at the water front at Ar Rayis. My night has been immensely disruptive and I had barely slept, hence I felt mentally and physically exhausted. I cycled over to the mosque to go to the bathroom, in disbelief I realised, that there was no running water and of course…
I woke up in my tent, rigid hills were surrounding me. All night I had slept without my sleeping bag, I merely had wrapped my down jacket, which usually serves as a pillow, around my kidneys. I had been up multiple times during the night and once again, I saw the moon setting. How many…
I woke up at Izaar’s place in Medina at 5am. Following breakfast and coffee I packed my belongings. Izard helped me to carry the bags down, I showed my gratitude for his warm hospitality an jumped back on the bike. Back on the road I felt tired, the clock showed 6am. The ride out of…
03/05/2023 Al Madinah
I woke up in my tent early after a beautiful night under the stars. Having had one more rejuvenating and tranquil night in the tent, before getting into the hustle and bustle of a city, filled me with gratitude. While preparing breakfast, I talked to my best friend Andrew on the phone. Surrounded by brown…
I woke up in my tent south of Al Abraq. The night has been magical, sleeping without the outer sheet of my tent, I gazed at the stars and the mysterious grey world surrounding me, whenever I woke up throughout the night. At around 4am, I saw a big glowing ball at the horizon, starring…
01/05/2023 A different planet
I woke up in my tent surrounded by rigid mountains. My night had been wonderful. Sleeping with just the flynet, felt peaceful, mysterious and cool. I could gaze up at the stars and moon, while snuggling into my sleeping bag. The sun had not risen yet, when I started to pack, prepare porridge and brew…
30/04/2023 How much can you ride until 10:30?
I woke up in my tent in Al Ula at the bike hub after plenty hours of sleep. The clock showed 5:40am and I was hoping to start cycling as early as possible, to beat the heat. Packing up and having breakfast though, for some mysterious reason, always takes longer than expected, hence I was…
I won’t write about these days to meet myself with kindness and rest after nine days of travelling by bike. Photos can be found on polarstep though!