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In the fall of 1998 I set off on a long journey by bike. It covered more than 15000 kilometers and 14 countries. During this trip I was hit by rocks and cars, I was baked, soaked, and deep frozen by the weather gods. Mostly, however, I had a superb opportunity to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, meet wonderful people and enjoy the culture of widely differing lands.
This site is about my bike trip from Sweden to South-East Asia via Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Pakistan, China, and Tibet. It also contains general information and links on bicycle touring and travelling in general.
September 2004: A new swedish travel magazine is being launced this fall. I've just finished writing an article for it. Look out for "När & Fjärran" in the beginning of November. The magazine is made in collaboration with the travel show with the same name, on TV4.
July 2004: New cycling and travel books have been added to the book section. There are now links to both European and American sellers. I've also updated the link section and added useful links in other sections.
September 2003: New photos from this summers cycling in Norway has been added. Read the notes from the trip and the route description in the route section.
The site is getting a new address (URL): http://tallabomba.ambiprospect.com/
August 2003: I make a five day bike journey from Northern Dalarna province (Sweden), through Norway's Hedmark Fylke, and back to Trosa, Sweden. Notes and photos from this trip will be added later.
July 2003: The site gets a new look, a new logo, and new sections. The brighter colors and increased contrast and font size will improve readability. The map section is now a part of the route section. Parts of the planning section are moved to the new equipment section. There is also a new section on books and maps, where I recommend guidebooks, atlases, maps, phrase books, cycling guides, and other related reading. Apart from these major changes there are many smaller ones all over the site. A lot of information has been added, and some outdated information has been updated or deleted. The WAP version and the communication forms have been deleted. The web log will be used for ongoing expeditions only.
Tallabomba is not my name nor my nickname. It's just a net alias that got stuck. My real name is Tom Hermansson Snickars.
I grew up in Trosa, Sweden, and studied at the University of Linköping. Apart from a masters degree and a short engineering career, I've had the opportunity to do quite a lot of traveling. I've visited more than 40 countries on my different trips, mostly in Asia. Between 1997 and 2001 I cycled 15000 kilometers through 14 countries.
© Tallabomba 1998-2003
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