Krka

Zadar

Late October in Poland. The Autumn cool is here already, announcing the time for me to leave… And why Zadar? It’s simple – the cheapest airplane ticket that brings me to a destination that is still relatively warm. And on top of that – I had long promised myself to complete the Balkan tour (that had begun with my trip to Serbia…

It felt nice to walk the slippery stone streets among bars, shops and other spots providing tourists with all that a lazy vacation requires. It felt nice, too, sitting on Sea Organs, listening to sound compositions created by nature and captured and amplified by man made structure. And it was still nice watching all those churches, squares, parks…

But it is time to move elsewhere… But where? And by what means? Or maybe I should reconsider the idea of cycling across the Balkans? And yes, a bicycle…

Bulguksa

A handful of remarks about cycling Korea: First of all: Do it. The East cost in particular is a good place to do it – 90% of the route is flat, the cycling track (called Romantic Road of Korea) runs from the very North to the very South (except for the spots where it disappears – from the way it looks on roadside maps it will probably be made soon). There is plenty of expected and unexpected attractions on the way, you should plan many stops. Second (and this applies to traveling in South Korea in general, not just by bike): Koreans are supernice and uberhelpful. They might sometimes seem a little lost and unable to act without using their smartphone but they will never ever leave you with your problem unsolved. If they don’t know the answer to your question, they will ask their smartphone. Or a friend. Or they will call their mom. And if the mom doesn;t…