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Central Europe, UK and Scandinavia

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It’s fair to say that a blog on these well visited countries and regions wouldn’t make for fascinating reading, so I will try and keep this pretty brief. We seem to have chosen a summer of weddings of very close…

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Hungary

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19th May 2012 – 20th May 2012 We didn’t manage to find anywhere to camp in Romania after leaving the merry cemetery in Sapanta, and so we soon found ourselves crossing the border into Hungary.  The Romanian border guards had…

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Romania

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Drum Bun!  Initially we thought this was the name of a town, but we soon cottoned on to the fact that it actually means “Good Bye” or something similar in Romanian, although it took us a remarkably long time to…

Special report! Ukraine, Russia and Georgia via Port Kerch, the Vladikavkaz / Verkhiny Lars and Kazbegi / Stepantsminda border

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This blog is a bit boring and technical, but we found it difficult to find up to date information on the internet about this route, as it goes via the relatively new border crossing between Russia and Georgia at Verkhniy…

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Bulgaria

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We didn’t really know what was going to await us in Bulgaria.  I think we expected to be thrown back into the Dark Ages, and we had heard from our hitchhiker in Turkey that Bulgaria is a ridiculously cheap place…

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GoalZero review

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Our two Goal Zero Extreme 350 power packs have been essential companions on this trip.  We had a bracket made for them so that they sit side by side on top of our safe, which also places them right next…

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Greece

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Lunch consisted of an apple consumed whilst waiting for our new insurance papers, as the ten day old cheese from Kars, which had formed part of the original menu, had grown too many new life forms.  Had I scraped them…

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Turkey

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Our remaining Iranian crony made a running jump out of the car as the border gates between Iran and Turkey rolled back to save himself from the temptations of the other side. A kindly Turkish border officer greeted us with…

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Equipment Review

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CAR HARDWARE TireGate Swingaway spare tire carrier The Swingaway tire carrier mounts easily onto the 2inch tow hitch receiver, whilst still being able to mount a towing ball / shackle receiver. We have the double Jerry can mount fitted and…

Latitude Festival 2012

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We have just returned from a five night stay at the 2012 Latitude Festival in Suffolk, United Kingdom. Our merchandise sponsor, DGrade Clothing, had organised for us to be there. Together with the festival’s recycling and green messenger teams we…

Plastic Pollution Report – Turkey

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Waste Management We found that Turkey had an organized rubbish collection system, and the landfills were centralized, serving a number of communities, and were therefore very much larger than in Iran.  The landfills we saw were not fenced. An open…

Iran

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I should have known I was going to have my issues with Iran, when an officious member of the crew told me I had to put on my chador almost as soon as we had scrambled up into the seating…

Plastic Pollution Report – Iran

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Waste Management There seems to be a general waste management problem in Iran. Public rubbish bins are available at petrol stations, and in parks. Otherwise no rubbish bins were evident. Roadsides or embankments from roads into valleys seem to be…

Our route so far

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Here is the link to the Google Map site of our route, i.e. our overnight stays so far. As the SPOT GPS tracker only keeps the positions saved for seven days, this map is more permanent, and shows the more…

1000km in pictures

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We decided to take a picture from the roof of the car every 1000km. We tried to keep it as close to 1000km as possible, but we might be out by a few kilometres, due to conditions not permitting us…

Environmental Art in Iran

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‘Your garbage is my garbage, my garbage is your garbage’ – Ahmad Nadalian This is our first blog from on the road. We left Dubai via the ferry from Sharjah to Bandar Abbass, Iran, and arrived in Tehran yesterday in…

April 2012 update

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The last weeks have been busy. We have been very fortunate that we have been able  to give numerous presentations at schools, universities and companies, and hopefully, with our inspiration, these entities will now do more to care for the…

Merawah Marine Biosphere Reserve

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Last weekend we went to visit the UAE’s only UNESCO recognized biosphere reserve: the Merawah Marine Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere reserves are sites established by countries and recognized under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to promote sustainable development based on local community…