Cycling England to South Africa

In 2006, I began an amazing trip cycling England to South Africa. This 10 month adventure took me through countries such as Syria, Sudan and Tanzania, as I cycled across Europe, the Middle East and then East Africa. During this time, I had some incredible experiences, met countless friendly people, and cycled by the odd elephant and giraffe. Read all about it here...   Cycling from England to South Africa Back in 2006, although Dave's Travel Pages was online, travel blogging was really still in its infancy. I updated every week or so as I was cycling England to South Africa, but … [Read more...]

U.K. Consulate in Istanbul

The U.K. has a consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. (All the embassies are in Ankara). Below are the details. British Consulate-General, IstanbulMeşrutiyet Cad No.34TepebaşıBeyoğlu 80050Istanbul … [Read more...]

Bicycle Workshops in Istanbul

Whilst I was in Istanbul I searched the Sercesi area (which is where a large amount of bike shops are located) for a bicycle shop with a workshop. Most of the shops in this area sold spare parts or new bikes, but didn't actually have a workshop to do servicing. The only one that I could find was called Saracoglu Bisiklet, which is located at the bottom of a nearby electronics mall (asking in any of the other shops will get you directions). My bike had a rear wheel wobble, needed a chain replacement, desperately needed a complete degunge and clean, two tyres replacing and a general service. All … [Read more...]

Travelogue update 31 – Springbok to Cape Town

Day 290  Springbok   Tuesday  08/05/07 It felt quite nice to have a lay in for a change and not really have to do anything. After breakfast, I went to an internet place (extortionately expensive), and bought two new pairs of socks and a pair of boxer shorts. The state of the two pairs of boxers that I've had since the start of my trip 10 months ago is quite remarkable, and I'm unsure whether to bin them or donate them to a modern art gallery. Spent the rest of the day vegging. It's a hard life. Day 291  Springbok   Wednesday  09/05/07 I was going to give the bike a service today, but … [Read more...]

Travelogue update 30 – Gaborone to Springbok

Day 278    Gaborone   Thursday 26/04/07 Today, I attempted to book my flight back to England from Cape Town, which didn't go quite as smoothly as I had planned. I wanted to use British Airways, as they have something called an E-ticket which basically means that no paper tickets are issued, and for me, this would be a bonus, as it would mean that I wouldn't have to wait anywhere for paper tickets to turn up. However, try as I might, I couldn't get my bank card to work on their online booking system, as it kept saying that the card number did not match the card type, which is rubbish, as I … [Read more...]