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Rideshare Round The World

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OK, so you’re driving round the world – just the two of you, your offspring, maybe a dog – usually in a vehicle that might look like it’s from a different planet compared to some of the jalopies sharing the…

Driving To Kuelap

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Driving to Kuelap takes us three hours from Tingo on the main road. The way up is in a pretty bad state and in a couple of places we had to stop, get out and seriously consider turning round. In…

The Cloud People of Kuelap

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Who were the Cloud People who built Kuelap? No one really knows. Where are the cloud people who run this gaff now? No one knows that either. After three hours climbing the contours from the main road 2000 meters below, through…

Fake Bluetooth Devices

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I always thought bluetooth headsets were a good cover for crazy guys who talk to themselves. You know, you’re driving down the street downtown and come to a junction. There’s this guy, stripped to the waste, praying to the traffic,…

The Streets of San Francisco

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It has been a month, now, in San Francisco. Away from the Bus and that Central American tropical dreamworld we’ve been wondering through for most of the year, the green jungles hiding ancient temples, the volcanoes, the chaotic towns and…

Critical Mass

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San Francisco celebrated twenty years of Critical Mass a couple of nights ago. Well, some of the people held up in traffic weren’t exactly celebrating: This one guy lost it, got out of his car, shouting at me over and…

GPS Point

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earthcircuit.org We were heading for the beach; we knew that much after weeks in Panama City. What we didn’t know was exactly where we were going – we’d already bent the back of the bus a few days before trying…

24 hours in no-man’s land

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24 hours in no man’s land – according to the paperwork, anyway. A foreign vehicle has to be out of Costa Rica for 3 months before it is allowed back in. But the foreign vehicle can stay in the neighboring…

Demise of the Red Devil School Bus

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Back in June last year, moments after crossing into the US from Canada, we found ourselves at the Annual Rainbow Gathering, looking for somewhere to park among hundreds of retired school buses. The license plates spoke of their long journeys…

Los Del Patio, Panama City

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It wasn’t quite our main intention to do an exhibition in Panama City. We were concerned with helping out at a children’s charity for a couple of weeks and then getting the fast boat to Colombia. But when you find…

Renew Vehicle Papers in Panama City

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Here’s how to renew your 30-day papers for your vehicle in Panama: Step One: Go to Suramericana Insurance Office in BellaVista to buy another month’s insurance, You’ll need the policy you received at the border, driving licence, vehicle registration and…

Protect and track a laptop

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   Protect and track a laptop -  last week, in this beautiful city we had a laptop stolen from our truck: not only were we stupid enough to leave the door open and unguarded for, like, 20 seconds – stupid enough…

Vacation Skies

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  Going on vacation generally means two things for us time-poor city-dwellers:  firstly, we’re somewhere where you can actually see the skies away from the usual light pollution and cluttered horizon and, secondly, you have the chance to lay back,…

Working on the Road

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A large number of overlanders fund their travels by working on the road, from country to country. They prove that a very long, overland journey needn’t consume your life savings. Nor is it required to sell your house.  And in…

Life in Panama City

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No one told us that life in Panama City would be unforgettable. I can’t remember meeting many people who’d ever spent some time in this capital city. Now, I know, we’ve only been here a couple of months ourselves and…

How to survive the heat and humidity

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Heat and humidity – how to survive it when you’re traveling around in a truck in the tropics: Hanging around countries like Panama, it is immediately obvious that there are basically two economic modes available: the rich and the poor.…

Volunteering with the Muskoka Foundation

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earthcircuit.org Volunteering overlander sounds like a German word for a regiment of mountain fire fighters. Actually it is what we have become for a couple of weeks in Panama City, doing a photography project with some kids from Casa Esperanza;…

Earthcircuit exhibition at Los del Patio next week!

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We just confirmed our opening night will be on Thursday 28th June and will run until the 8th July. That gives  us less than a week, right? And let’s see what the state of our panoramic photos is after a…

Against Child Labor

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  Tired of working? Fed up with having to get out of bed early every morning when there are so many more interesting things to do? Spare a few moments thought and little energy spreading the awareness for the millions…

Panama Paved With Gold

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earthcircuit.org Aluminum can recycling in Panama. With the first step I took in Panama I heard a crunch and felt the collapse of an aluminum can under my foot. With the second step I managed to miss a plastic bag…

Traveler’s Book Swap

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Meandering through a region that isn’t your own, you do find yourself with some time on your hands. Especially if you’re really only there in a touristic capacity, especially if there are glorious beaches with not much to do and…

Costa Rica – overland, drive through report…

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earthcircuit.org People had been warning us for weeks about how expensive Costa Rica is – so we’d stocked up with food, smokes and a bottle of Flor de Caña, crossing the border from Nicaragua on the Pan American with the determination…

Route Unknown: Panama to Colombia?

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earthcircuit.org   It’s really getting interesting now – this new ferry route from Panama to Colombia. The stakes are high; if we can get onto it, and don’t have to send the truck on a normal freight ship, it might…

Nicaragua

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earthcircuit.org Our first conversation in Nicaragua, with an actual Nico, went something like this: “Hi, where are you from?”, “Portugal – my husband [yeah, me] is from England.”, “You need some help with the border?”, “No, we’re good, thanks, we’ve…

How to Build a Sensible Shower in Your Camper

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earthcircuit.org This article is about how to build a shower in a camper-van or converted truck or bus. I believe my plan is the cheapest, most environmental, simplest option for anyone who has some serious space limitations on board their…

Lago de Yojoa

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earthcircuit.org It’s not often that we write so specifically about what we are doing – I really wouldn’t want to bore you with our day-to-day. And it’s not often that we’ll go on about a particular restaurant, hotel or bar…