Summary of Project Overland

This is officially the final post of Project Overland, hip hip, hooray! Just thought I’d add a quick summary to answer everyone’s unspoken questions about money.

Where did we go?

See the table below for a full breakdown, but we visited 20 different countries on our trip if you include Scotland. We spent an average of two weeks in each country but it varied a lot, a maximum of (I think) 87 days in France and a minimum of 3 days in Switzerland. I was getting keen to draw a box and whisker graph with this data but then realised it probably isn’t interesting enough to justify it.

A screenshot from maps.me, each pin represents a place we stayed overnight in Europe

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SCOTLAND!!!!

As our train chugged its way up the east coast of the UK, I was closely following the little blue dot on Google Maps that represented our position. Slowly but surely it made its way toward the Scottish-English border. I was briefly distracted by the coastal scenery and when I looked back at my phone… […]

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In the steps (and seats) of great physicists

The easiest way to get our bikes into central London was, as always, just to ride them. We picked a slightly longer route which followed the last little bit of the official Avenue Verte, it was actually pretty good cycling into the city on one of the ‘cycle superhighways’ (I love that phrase, I feel […]

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A week in London

In London we were staying with Andy’s friends Sam and Nicole who lived in the suburb of Tooting. They shared a flat with eight other people, including I think three other kiwis but honestly I struggled to keep track of who lived there. We were doing the classic kiwi thing, sleeping in their lounge. Tooting […]

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Cycling to London

We took it really easy cycling from Seaford to London. It wasn’t very far but we tried to delay our arrival to be closer to the weekend when we figured more of our friends would be available. Then the weather was kind of average which dissuaded us from moving quickly. We ended up taking a […]

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The best Airbnb in the world

England! The land of our forefathers! The homeland! We had made it. Our initial welcome consisted of the immigration officer giving me a massive grilling. How long are you going to stay? How will you support yourself? Are you planning to undertake any work, paid or unpaid?

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Cycling out of France

Our plan for the next week or so was to cycle from Paris to London along the Avenue Verte which is a 406km long cycle route. We started cycling from our Paris apartment at about midday and it felt like we continued cycling through Paris’ suburbs for the whole afternoon. The areas we passed became […]

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In search of Vermeer

The next morning we went to take a look at Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica which we could hardly miss when they were so close to our apartment. The basilica was impressive and the view of Paris from the hilltop was pretty but it was insanely crowded. I was also a bit thrown when we […]

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A couple of classic Parisian activities

Our train into Paris arrived late morning and had a bit of a cycle to our Airbnb apartment in the 9th arrondissement. To pass the time until check in we stopped in a park partway to sit and read our books. We also spotted a local Parisian mouse. We were sitting in front of some […]

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And relax…

With the combination of the Tour du Ruan and the Tour du Mont Blanc, Andy had just completed 18 consecutive days of hiking. I had done the same except for my two-day break in Geneva. We really needed a break. As much as we liked our hotel in Les Houches, we (especially me) were pretty […]

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Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc: Part 3

Our first day in Switzerland was also meant to be the easiest day of the TMB. Most of it was sidling or downhill. Although everyone’s knees might have been a bit happier if there was a bit less downhill. We stocked up on food in La Fouly then kept heading down the valley. Along the […]

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