On the Road – Part 9: Skopje to Sofia

This time, 16 months ago I was cycling from Skopje, Macedonia to Sofia, Bulgaria as part of my journey from London to Australia.

Thanks to Ivana Kostovska for the opening interview and thanks to everyone else for putting up with me for the remainder of the episode.

Hope you all enjoy Part 9 x

 

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Talk: One Year on the Road

Last October I gave a talk about my Explore More journey to friends and ex-colleagues at the Southbank Centre in London. There was a strong turnout of friendly faces to hear the 2-hour talk in which I managed to cover the first 6 months from London to Tehran.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time to cover the whole adventure (I would have talked for 5 hours otherwise) but I think everyone left with a much better understanding of my time on the road.

Stay tuned for further updates in the near future…

On the Road – Part 4: Slavonski Brod to Sarajevo

Here is the latest (shorter) instalment of ‘On the Road’. This was filmed from the Croatian border to Sarajevo at the end of August and at the time it really felt like I was heading into unknown territory. Today as I set off for Iran some 3 months later I have the same nervous excitement but to a much greater degree.

Thanks for your patience with the video updates. They’re a few months behind but it’s quite nice to revisit the journey and remind myself how far I’ve come. I am eager to show you all the fantastic experiences that have happened in between as it really does start feeling like a proper adventure from Bosnia onwards.

More updates in the New Year!

On the Road – Part 3: Ljubljana to Slavonski Brod

Here is the 3rd instalment of that crazy guy on a bike across Slovenia & Croatia way back in August. Plenty of signs that he’s losing his grip on reality in this one. Unfortunately no more Rudd (he’s on holiday in Mongolia) but Mr T makes cameo appearance

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

As most of you know I’ve been involved with Lightyear Foundation for the last few years helping to organise our practical science teaching activities in Ghana and generally making lots of awesome stuff happen. Our latest project is the most ambitious to date and we are calling for backing for our Kickstarter campaign to bring Lab_13 to Ghana!

So, for the first time since leaving London I’m asking you to show your support for my efforts by donating to this Kickstarter.

I’ve now cycled over 5000km ON A BICYCLE! This week after 4 months on the road I will say goodbye to Turkey and cross into Georgia, my 15th country. Do you even know where Georgia is?! This will be the only time I will ask for you to reach into your pockets for the next 5000km or more so please give what you can now. Sell a your couch, car or dairy cow if you have to but please donate.

The Project

Lab_13 is a proven model for science education in resource-constrained environments.

We will engage six Scientists in Residence to create Lab_13 in the Bosumtwe District in Ghana

  • Activities for children to gain deeper understanding of science in their everyday lives
  • Support for teachers to build confidence and find new ways to teach science
  • Creation of space for cruiosity-led, hands-on science within the community
  • Engagement with 160 primary schools and 70 Junior High schools
  • Establishment of a Lab_13 Ghana Board to have local ownership of the project
  • Recruitment of 2 international and 4 Ghanaian Scientists in Residence
  • Development of a robust monitoring and evaluation to provide evidence of impact

You have until Saturday 22nd of November to do the right thing otherwise my moustachioed friend in a fez will be knocking on your door.

Teşekkür Ederim

(Thank you)

A x

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On the Road – Part 1: London to Nuremberg

After 3 months on the road it’s time to share with you some of the wonderful experiences I’ve had so far.

Although I’ve filmed a lot of the journey for personal record, most of this footage was never intended to be seen by anyone else until I realised that it’s the best way to share what I’ve been up to with my friends. Constantly saying ‘awesome’ and ‘amazing’ to everyone doesn’t really cover it.

The first of these videos captures some random and rather silly moments during the 10 days from London to Nuremberg. These first tentative steps across the Netherlands & Germany seem like an absolute age away already as so much has happened since. In revisiting these recordings I can clearly see the uncertainty and doubt of the task ahead thinly disguised behind my surface level observations and silly jokes. It also allows me to reflect on how I’ve changed throughout the journey and I hope that the future videos will allow you to see these changes as well.

I’ll follow this up with parts 2 & 3 and some more interviews in the next few days.

I hope it makes you smile.

Part 1: London to Nuremberg