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Can’t get Africa out of the blood!We’re 2 recently retired Australian travelers living near Melbourne (but born in South Africa a long time ago) with the (some say) crazy plan of driving a Land Rover Defender called “Tin Can” from Cape Town to London (hopefully), in around 9 months. As they say “born in Africa, always in your blood”!People say that that all sounds too hard? We will either get:eaten by wild animals catch some horrible disease get kidnapped by Somali pirates but if you think everything in life is too hard, there’s not much you will do? We felt that some more needs doing in the time left allotted. Besides if you don’t take some risks…….

Trip Start: 2012-02-01 Trip End: 2012-11-30 .

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THE END OF THE ROAD

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THE END OF THE ROAD Well! Eventually it all had to come to an end didn’t it? Our long road trip starting in January 2012 in Cape Town South Africa has, with some breaks in between, come to a finale…

The Final Leg – Lithuania to the English Channel

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The Semi Final Leg – Lithuania to the English ChannelA Schloss with evil eyes near Dresden in Saxony east GermanySeveral thousand kilometres later after leaving Lithuania since the previous blog, we have finally again arrived on the English…

Lithuania

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Vilnius Lithuania  We were blessed with perfect weather of 28*C throughout our all too brief sojourne through Lithuania- but we have to keep moving unfortunately.Sunset over the lake at Ignalina LithuaniaLithuania strikes as somewhat wealthier and more…

Latvia

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Latvian flagLatvia is obviously a lot poorer and still has much further to move from it’s Communist era days than its neighbours Estonia and Lithuania, but for all that was fascinating! Marianne was sure she liked all the old…

Estonia

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Estonia July 2013 A fairly short ferry trip (21/2 hours) brought us from Helsinki to Talinn Estonia and our first glimpse of the Baltic countries. Talinn “Old Town” on a fine afternoon was a delight to walk around for a…

Finland

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Finland July 2013There are a few things to be said about the Finns:They speak and write a language which might as well be Ethiopian as far as we are concerned? (Fortunately the younger ones speak reasonable English in…

Sweden

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Sweden 11th July 2013Sweden !We were a little sorry to leave Denmark behind as (in the rain again),we trundled over yet another mighty bridge (the Oresund Bridge between Denmark & Sweden – Europe’s longest at 7.85km). Paying about…

Denmark

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Denmark 25th – 30th June 2013  Well Denmark is a lovely country! The first thing that struck us was how friendly the Danes were and how most of them can speak English – which makes life easier. Many came…

Belgium, Holland & Germany

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Belgium, Holland & Germany 19th June – 25th JuneHuge German campground near EmdenWell, regretfully it has been rather a flying visit through these countries mainly because the weather deteriorated near Boulogne sur Mer in France and it has…

France- Brittany & Normandy

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France Brittany & Normandy 25 June 2013 Vive la France! Hard to say why, but we love France? Even worth getting slightly “crook” on the overnight Irish Ferry from Rosslare to Roscoff in France.Marianne starting to feel a bit…

Northern Ireland and Eire

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Ireland 14/6/2013Fishing boat returning at Dingle Co Galway.Tin Can’s on the water again! After a bit of interest from the coppers and Customs at the Scottish port (more about our trip than anything  as a quick glance in…

Scotland

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SCOTLAND 2/6/2013 AyrA Scottish LochWho can complain about Scottish weather? Everything else about the place is stunning! Besides we are getting used to the cold and occasional wet –and during the odd sunny breaks the scenery was magnifiscent.…

Norfolk, Yorkshire and the Lake District

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22nd May 2013 Lake District Cumbria There is a reason England is green. It rains a little from time to time. Particularly in the coldest, wettest Spring since 1979- just to welcome us. Even floods encountered across the roads in…

Europe – the final leg

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19th October Bedfordshire UK Kms Travelled : 36,503 Well, due to popular demand from many readers who have contacted us to enquire what happened after we left Turkey and where we are, here is a final brief summary of the…

TURKEY

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Gallipoli 13/9/2012 Kilometres travelled: 30,639 Well the good ship Nikolay Konarev finally loaded our vehicles amongst 65 huge Turkish trucks and set sail for Mersin Turkey at 3.00am in the morning of Friday 1st September- 5 days after we first…

EGYPT

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13/8/12 Aswan Egypt Temperature in shade: 48*C Total KMS travelled so far: 26,328 (No change from the last post as Tin Can remains stuck on a barge in Wadi Halfa Sudan the last 5 days). Allah u Akbar! We have…

SUDAN

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8/8/12 Wadi Halfa Sudan Temperature in shade: 49*C Total KMS travelled so far: 26,328 Wherethefukawe? Well, at last we were about to test all the views from just about anybody with an opinion and who has listened to the Media,…

Ethiopia # 2

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27/7/12 Gondar Ethiopia KMS travelled 23,156 With Marianne recovering in bed at Paradise Lodge, with little to do the second day I teamed up with a retired Swedish diplomat, Carl Jungen, who was in Arba Minch in an unofficial capacity…

ETHIOPIA

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16/7/12 Arba Minch Total KMS travelled so far: 22,520 ETHIOPIA“You! You! You!” Who knows what silly Westerner first taught Ethiopian kids the word “you”, but that has become the catch cry at high pitch whenever they see a “farange”…

KENYA

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5/7/12 Nairobi Kenya Total KMS travelled so far: 20,675 KENYAAfter dodging more than a few trucks on the road to Eldoret and passing through countryside gradually changing from Uganda type tropical to subtropical as we climbed higher and higher…

UGANDA

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29/6/12 Jinja Uganda Total KMS travelled so far: 20,076 UGANDAA Ugandan Kob antelopeFirst stop after crossing the Rwanda/Uganda western border at Cyanika was a fairly new and pleasant campsite at a place called Muko Campsite at the northern…

RWANDA

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21/6/12 Kigali Total KMS travelled so far: 19,318 RWANDARwanda. Land of 1,000 hills!The first thing that struck us about Rwanda (other than how mountainous the “country of 1,000 hills” is with greenery all around) was how neat and…

Tanzania

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15/6/12 Mwanza Tanzania Total KMS travelled so far: 18,417 TANZANIACrossing the Malawi/Tanzanian border at Songwe was relatively painless, but once again we had trouble with acceptance of our European AXA 3rd party insurance cover. After some argument (and Marianne…