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Cycling through Norway - meeting with amazing nature and people

Nov
06

Norway was kind of a dream for me for a long time.
The way I decided to go to Norwey was amazing. I just was thinking of that which I received an email from a Fb friend telling me that he is in Oslo and will welcome me if I ever go there.
The idea of going there was growing and I just opened the map to have some ideas about Norwey. Where I should start then? After I saw the map I was thinking that I should cross the country from west to the east and regarding the season I couldn’t go much up to the north.  I just pointed my finger in a town called Stavanger which I didn’t have any information about it.

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Workshop in International school of Stavanger

Oct
22

When I was in Geneva, my good friend Marcia Banks told me about her friend who is principle of International school of Stavanger.
I didnt hear anything back and I just showed up in the school on Monday morning where I met Dr Linda Deuvel.
She already knew about my project and kindly introduced me one of the teahcers and in a day he organized 4 presentations. 
It was absolutely fantastic to see how quick they organized ecerything while sometimes school ask me to inform them a month or two in advance which is kind of impossible for me

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Visiting International school of Geneva

Oct
13

I visited International schoolof Geneva 2 years ago when I was in Switzerland first. It was all by chance and a simple request to hold a workshop but the vice principle Mrs Banks helped to manage 7 workshops and now after 2 years I went back to visit some of the classes. 
It was so interesting to visit allthose kids again and surprizingly they remembered most of their questions from last 2 years. the most interesting question was from a 6 years old girl " what will happen when you grow up and your bicycle becomes small for you?"

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Visiting International school of Geneva after 2 years

Oct
10

After 2 years I returned to Geneva again and I had the chance to visit International school in Geneva where my good firned Marci Banks is working. 
I met the kids I have had met them 2 years back when they were 6 years old.
Surprisingly they remembered all the questions they have asked me 2 years ago which was kind of amazing feeling for me.  One of them had asked me " what will I do when I grow up and my bicycle becomes small for me !!"  in that time I began to laugh and answered her " I am enough grown up now...I wont go higher anymore !" and this time she were enough big to know that a person does not keep growing all his life. 
I am still hoping to return there again to visit more classes. 
and below is a text by Marcia Banks about my visit to the school 

Mohammad visited several classes ranging in ages from 5 to 8 year olds, sharing what he does, how he lives, indirectly confronting the young children with the thought that one can live without the material goods we take for granted and still be very happy.  The warmth he exuded soon put the young children at ease as

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Workshop in Liceo Manzoni school in Milan

Sep
24

I met an Italian guy in Nepal back in May 2007. 
Filippo was working there by that time and we used to hang out in Kathmandu guest house most of ev ening to chat. After nearly 8 years I wrote him to inform that I am coming Milan and I would be SO happy to meet him again.
He already knew about my project : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHnzTUqeq04
So he began to look and tried to find a way to organize a school for my workshop.  of course he has so many contacts here and ina  finger tip his friend Paola organized a school for the first day after I arrived Milan.
On Saturday 20th of September we went to the Liceo Manzoni school ( of course after having our coffee with Filippo)

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15 days of cycling through Turkey- part 3

Sep
23

Day 8
I rode that day all the way to Girsum.  Around midday I was looking for a spot to swim which I met 3 Iranian motor bike riders and we had lunch together.
That day I was looking for a rocky place to camp. Just after Girsum I found it and I camped there, where I could swim between rocks in the morning

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15 days of cycling through Turkey- part 2

Sep
10

Day 2

I haven’t had a long stop in Igdir as I should consider the time, language barrier and I was full of energy and so excited to be on the road again.
I wanted to be out in the nature, to camp, to sleep under starry sky and listen to the nature. I was so impatient.
I left Fatma’s parents and said goodbye to them on the street. I was there on my bike and I was feeling the real journey has begun.
A very hot day while I had to climb a long hill under the heat. Temperature was around 45 C and I was burning!! I had to drink too much water just to provide enough water to my body.
I could have rest for some time and climb that hill in a better weather but I did it in the hottest time of the day at 14:00 pm. The reason I did it because I was in Iran for a long time and I needed to get back to the normal condition of mental ability. Living at home and within people bring lots of fear because people transfer all their fears to you and I needed to wash my soul,

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I am on the road again

Aug
26

It was already 6 months after I returned home from S Korea to do my peace ride project with Rick. I kept traveling through Iran after Rick left Iran till I came to a point which I found myself quite busy with friends and people on my way.
So I decided to stop cycling in Iran and spend some time on my own, basically training to get ready for the next part of my journey.
3 months later I was totally impatient and I could stay any longer in Iran. I needed to move and to be on the road again.
I had already my visa but I didn’t have enough money to afford flight to any destination to Europe. It is high season and flights are quite expensive, so after searching a lot I found a flight from Istanbul to Milan which was quite cheap but I had to wait 28 days for that flight.
I had no choice, either to wait to see if

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Leaving Bushehr to enjoy spring in Shiraz

May
18

Finally after 2 weeks I left Bushehr. I had 2 wonderful weeks with Mazdak and Alaleh who hosted me and also the weather was getting warm. It was enough to continue my journey south along the Persian Gulf and I had to follow spring farther north. So I decided to go toward Shiraz and then North West where I could go through mountains which is amazingly beautiful in spring.
I knew Mazdak and Alaleh since 2 years ago before I cycle through Europe and they helped me to provide a video about my journey. Alaleh was director and Mazdak was producer for that video.
Knowing them and being aware of their beautiful heart encouraged me to go to Bushehr and have sometimes with them, but like always time was over again with some beloved ones. I had to leave and go for my life, for the road and for the new stories.
I had some friends in Borazjan which is a city 60km north of Bushehr on my way to Shiraz. So my first day was quite easy.

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These days I am in Iran working on the Association. ( www.weneedtrees.net ). I decided to stop traveling for a year to establish the association and afterward I will continue my journey through South America. 
I am living in Tehran at th emoment. Hopefully the Association will run smoothly very soon, where I can be free to move on again.