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9 years ago, today.

9 years ago, to the day, I set off cycling to Turkey from York. I began my journey outside the Minster. It was a grey, winter's day and I had no idea what the next few months would hold and how much is would change me.



In celebration of that, I thought I would share 9 things I learned along the way.


  1. We are all so much more capable than we believe.

  2. Every big project is achieved by lots of tiny steps added together.

  3. The kindness of strangers is greater and more common than you can imagine.

  4. Some of the best experiences of our lives contain some of the most difficult moments.

  5. 99.999% of people are good people.

  6. Language is not a prerequisite for communication. Some of the best interactions I've ever had have not involved a single understandable word.

  7. There is always another adventure to be had. The trick is to learn to enjoy the one you are on.

  8. Our happiness is not linked to our achievements, despite what society might lead us to believe.

  9. Slow travel really is the best.

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