Ribe, and the Netherlands / Germany Border

19 06 2007

May 28th – 30th, 2007

I guess I got a little ahead of myself with the Nijmegen post – I had some very pleasant kilometers in the days leading up to the big overnight ride through Germany, so I’ll do a visual summary of them here:

One of the campsites – with a very interesting ‘Billiard Golf’ course:


This is Ribe (not Brandboring – I just liked the name). Ribe is the oldest city in Denmark, and a very charming place. The photos don’t do it justice…


The countryside from Ribe down to the border with Germany was amazing – all picture-postcard fields of cows, sheep and horses, with plenty of swans patrolling the waterways.


Thoughts from the road – Skype

19 06 2007

Skype rocks. I’ve been using it for at least a couple of years now with friends and family, and I have to say, it really is a ‘killer app’ – one of those examples of technology that actually delivers on the promises it makes, and then some. When video was added in v2.0, it really kicked into gear, and now I use it quite regularly to keep in touch with my family back in Australia, and friends around Tokyo. I’m hoping to use it fairly often on this trip to keep in touch with loved ones, and cut down on the mobile-phone bill on the 3G phone my boss gave me as a parting gift from D4C (Thanks again, Furumoto-san!).

Here’s a picture of me Skyping with Maki-chan from Denmark at 2:00am, as she tries to sell me something – a CD I think. Nice smile, Maki-chan! I’ll take three CD’s and a food processor.