To date, this site has been followed in 52 countries. For all you statistics fans out there, here is a rundown of the ten cities (including two towns) in the world where this site has been most followed:
(Up to and including July 21)
1. Riga, Latvia
2. London, England
3. Leicester, England
4. Oslo, Norway
5. Birmingham, England
6. Kaunas, Lithuania
7. Nuneaton, England
8. Tallinn, Estonia
9. Johannesburg, South Africa
10. Linwood, USA
Sunday, April 18
We are up early as it is time to hit the road and for me to do my first long-distance cycling.
We take the Mombasa Ferry to the south shore and begin the journey towards Tanzania. I feel stressed but relieved to finally get going. I don't know how far I am capable of cycling.
To be honest, I did not train for this before I came to Africa. I like cycling around Riga in the summer but a cycling holiday would be my idea of hell.
After a kilometre or two it starts raining. It rains hard like it usually rains near the Equator this time of year. The cycling is tough but I surprise myself with my initial staying power. That said, the road is generally good. Having set off around 7.30am we call it a day 5 hours later with about 60kms on the clock.
Home for the night is a Muslim family's house in a village named "mangrove" in Swahili. Rafiki Kenia (a Dutch Foundation) have put money into the village providing an excellent medical centre, electricity and clean water.
We walk to the local mangrove and afterwards enjoy dinner with some family members of the Dingo Tribe.
The hardest part of most trips is often the goodbyes. In the last couple of days I have moved out of my flat in Riga and said goodbye to my friends in Latvia. Then yesterday I took my lady to the airport, after we got back to the UK, and had a long tearful hug before she flew back to Ireland.
This morning it was my Nan who i shared another tearful hug with as I left her after spending the night at her flat. It all pulls at my insides and leaves me feeling weak and emotional. I need to get the rest of the goodbyes out of the way and get on the road.
My last weekend in Latvia before I leave for Africa. Woke up this morning (with the usual sunday Riga hangover) and was struck by the realisation that the Africa adventure begins very soon.
Nice set by Goran Gora last night in Shot Cafe followed by the final Space Garage party before the club is sadly knocked down. The DJs put on a great show and there was a nice crowd in.
Riga boys Ozzy, Neil, Graham and Matt have promised to try and help me as much as possible when I am in Africa.
Jaime (in England) has finished the album, Ala (in Ireland) has done some excellent work on the CD cover design and the 'More than a game' CD is now on its way to itunes, ready for its official release in the next 2 weeks. Some great tunes on there, a couple of which you can grab a listen to by clicking here.
The currently untitled 'T2' is the pick of the bunch for me.
Only 3 weeks until I join Bjorn in Africa. But here in Riga we've just had another six inches of snow and it was around minus 20 last night. Cannot imagine Africa at this point in time.