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Life after…

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We have now been home for about two months. What is life like after travel? After the first two weeks, the “real” life started again and reality hit. This was it now. There was no more moving around, no new…

Our first two weeks home..

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Our first two weeks home were great! We loved being back in the Netherlands. The weather was nice and cool and sunny. We got to see friends and family. And eat! And great wines. During the first week we stayed…

The beaches in Costa Rica

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After my parents left we wanted to spend a few more days on the beaches of Costa Rica. We had heard good stories about Playa Dominical and decided to drive down the tiny beach town. Playa Dominical is not much…

Internet in Honduras

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Internet in Honduras is cheap! We had had trouble finding reliable and fast internet in El Salvador, so when crossing the border in Honduras, we decided we wanted to try if a SIM would be worthwhile to get better access…

Two weeks in Panama.

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We spent only 15 days in Panama. Our first stop was Boquete. After weeks on the hot beaches of Costa Rica, we were very (VERY) happy with the cool mountain air of Boquete. We spent a few days by the…

Dutchies go Home…

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Yes, we have decided to go back to the Netherlands. At least for a while. The last few months we have not really been into the traveling anymore. Is it because we spent too much time in Central America? We…

Work or travel?

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Michel’s sabbatical is almost over. It was a sabbatical without job guarantee and without a guarantee from Michel’s side that he would come back to his employer. Should we go back to the Netherlands, back to a “normal” life? Or…

Panda is for sale!

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Even though the final decision has not yet been taken, it starts to look more and more that Panama will be our final destination. Therefore Panda is for sale! Volvo TGB1314 (1978) converted to an overland vehicle. It is the…

Nicaragua..

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We spent about three-four weeks in Nicaragua. Our first 4 days were spent in the North. We drove through the National Park Miraflor, where we stayed at the property of a Finca. The friendly owner invited us to stay on…

Maintenance

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After having driven little more than 40.000 kilometers in almost a year, we decided it was time for some large maintenance on Panda. We needed an oil change, the brakes needed an adjustment/replacement of pads, we found a leak on…

Honduras

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We spent exactly a week in Honduras. Crossed the border on a Monday, which went all very smoothly. However, when we tried to get money from a bank with either our debit card or our credit card, it did not…

El Salvador – The War Zone

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El Salvador went through a very bloody civil war from 1980 to 1992 in which five groups of guerrilla’s got together to fight the government which was led by the violent junta at that time. By the end of the…

El Salvador – The Beaches

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We spent our first week in El Salvador at various beaches along the Pacific Coast. The first and best beach is Playa Palmarcito, or as we called it “Thomas’ beach”. We had read good reports about a town called El…

Guatemala – A Country Recap

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We spent about 5 weeks in Guatemala, of which about three weeks around Lake Atitlan. The other nights were a mix of boondocking on beaches, volcano mountains and a few parking lots. The People Guatemala was one of those countries…

Playa Tecojate

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Our minds have not been ready to write much in the past few weeks with Dunya almost dying. Now that she is doing better, I will try to catch up where we left. After having to leave the beautiful Lake…

In which Dunya got very ill..

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After our last update here, Dunya got very, very ill. From the volcano we went to the beach and she stopped eating. We tried everything we had, but we never managed to give her more than a few bites. We…

An Unexpected End To Our Lazy Days…

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In the third week of our “vacation” at Pasajcap, something horrible and unexpected happened that made an immediate end to our lazy days. When we arrived at Pasajcap, the owner was a bit reluctant to let us camp there, because…

Lazy Days At Lake Atitlan

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After a few days of driving through the Guatemalan mountains, mostly in second or even first gear, and reaching an average speed of not more than 25 km/hour, we were very happy to arrive at Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan is…

On How We Did Not Go To Tikal..

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In the past two months, traveling through Mexico and Belize, we visited several Maya ruins. The South-Eastern region of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala are famous for the Maya ruins. One of the highlights, and also the largest, is Tikal, in…

Belize!

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As soon as we cross the Mexican-belizean border, the atmosphere changes. At the customs building and the car insurance office, they played reggae Christmas music. Relaxed rasta people everywhere. We get thumbs up from people on the street. Smiles everywhere.…

Internet in Mexico

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TELCEL Internet in Mexico was so much better than we expected. On our first day in the country, we bought a Telcel usb stick with sim. If I remember correctly, we had 3 GB + stick for 300 pesos, that…

Mexico – a recap

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Two days ago we crossed the border between Mexico and Belize. It is time for a recapitulation of our thoughts on the country. Our likes and dislikes on food, people, safety, camping and dogs. Food We had heard and read…