I must admit I love Europe. Point your bike in any direction and a couple of hours later you find yourself in a different country with different people, a different language, different landscape, different yummy food and culture. But there is none of the drawbacks of changing countries. Hurray for the European Union and its Schengen treaty!
No border crossing hassles. You don’t have to stay in the baking sun for hours waiting in the border line up. There are no intimidating questions making you feel you have done something terrible. There are no 15 stamps you need to collect from an army of border control people. No bribes or uh sorry, no so called ‘fees’. There is just a sign somewhere “welcome to …” (Good for taking a picture). What you miss of course are the nice stamps in the passport 😉
No money hassle, be it the currency exchangers “good price for you my friend” or the left over money.
Good, beautiful roads and safe countries.
Our trip is still young but we have seen 5 countries so far and no border crossing. But now its time to move on. Europe’s East is waiting and the the endless Asian plains 🙂 And the border crossings of course!