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Things to do after an overland trip

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Hi All, We’ve been off-line for a while, but are now back in Norway after a great couple of months on the Antarctic continent. Malin was part of the shut-down crew this season, and they flew out on the 11th of February. I’ve been in Norway for a couple of weeks working on the Patrol. The Patrol which has looked…

Waiting for weather

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Hei! Thanks so much for all Your comments! We haven’t been very active online lately, and we’ll probably be relatively quiet for the next couple of months too. Right now we’re stuck in Punta Arenas, Chile, waiting for a weather window in Antarctica so we can fly in. We’ve been waiting for 10 days now, and today we actually went…

Norway – home at last

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Dear
friends, fellow overlanders, and all readers,
This post
has been looming in the distance for some time now. But no matter how hard
we’ve tried to postpone this part, the time has come. The arrival home, and the
final trip report from the unURBAN Adventure through North-, Central-, and
South America, Africa, and Europe.
But first!
We had the…

Euro-drive

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Europe is full of interesting places to see, and it is extremely hard to choose a few. As we have now chosen the route along the Adriatic coast, one stop gave itself: Dubrovnik in Croatia. In August most tourist destinations are packed with people, but hey, it’s now that we’re here, so we better make the best of it. We…

Back in Europe – Greece & Albania

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As you’ve seen from our border crossing / shipping post, we made it to Europe and Greece. And even if Israel in some ways felt quite European, arriving in Greece definitely took the edge of the adventure level. We quickly decided to skip the “easy” route involving a ferry to Italy and driving north on Italian highways, and instead went…

Shipping from Israel to Greece

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Coming up the east coast of Africa there are at the moment very limited options for finding your way to Europe without container shipping. The ferry that used to run from Egypt has been canceled, and the other routes from Egypt through Libya or east via Syria are closed because of unrest or sivil war. This leaves Israel and two…

Israel and the Golan Heights

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Arriving in Jerusalem on a Thursday, the hostel we had planned to stay in was fully booked. As we were sitting in the parking lot behind the hostel, the parking lot owner offered to help us searching the internet on his cell phone for another place to stay. While looking for other options two men in a Toyota Land Cruiser…

Arrived safely in Israel

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It is strange how different the feeling can be for two places just a few hundred meters apart. The Sinai Peninsula is considered dangerous, and most governments around the world have travel warnings for this area. A couple of hundred meters across the border to Israel, Israelis and tourists are camping on the beach and enjoying food and good wine…

Taba in Egypt to Eilat in Israel

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Crossing the border to Israel is another one of the infamous border crossings in Africa. Many travelers have told us about hours and hours of questioning and waiting. Some even say that they don’t even want to try as chances for getting a visa is slim. Some overlanders we knew well drove through Israel a few months before us, and…

Leaving Egypt

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Warning: This blog post has a lot of details, might seem a bit confusing, going back and forth between things, but that it how the last two weeks in Egypt felt like for me. We followed the news closely, looked into many different shipping and border options, and one thing that looked good one day did not look…

Sudan to Egypt on Lake Nasser

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Usually we
post the border crossing info only on our unurban.no website, but this one was
kind of different. It also turned out that we have a new record in time to get
the car into a country. USA with 7 days is now down to second place… The Sudan
– Egypt crossing over Lake Nasser is famous for most…

And then we arrived in Egypt

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Somehow we did not read or pick up on the announced demonstration on the 30th of June in Egypt before we arrived in Aswan. As we talked with people in town, we realized quickly that something was going on. The whole process of crossing the border from Sudan to Egypt took us two weeks, but we will write more about…

Nubian Pyramids

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The road
from Khartoum to the border of Egypt is not as remote as it used to be. Both
the direct route from Khartoum to Dongola and the route along the Nile are now
new modern highways. Locals told me it is possible to drive from Wadi Halfa to
Khartoum in one very long day. Even the eastern route along…

Sudan

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All the
travelers we have met on this continent have told us Sudan has the friendliest
people in Africa. We were looking forward to meet the people in Sudan, and we
were curious about the country since most of what we read about Sudan in the
media is bad news. The same can be said about media’s coverage for many…

The Simian Mountains

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The Simian
Mountains was one of the first must-see places on our list when we started
planning for Africa. Many overlanders have discussed back and forth if this
area is safe to visit, but apparently all are believe this is a magical place.
For a long time, however, it has been recommended not to travel the “historical
loop” in Northern…

Northern Ethiopia

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Before I start writing this blog I would like to write short about the Ethiopian salaries and also the cost level in Ethiopia. During our stay this is level of salaries we have been told about: a small scale farmer maybe make 500 birr (26 USD) a month, a security guard at a hotel makes 1000-1300 birr (55 – 72…

Lalibela and the road north

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Our first
stop going north from Addis Ababa was Lalibela. In Lalibela you find one of
those rare historical sites in the world that you struggle to believe even if
you are staring right at it. The roch hewn churches in Lalibela are carved out
of solid rock, and there are eleven of them!
The local
history explains that the…

Visa waiting in Addis Ababa

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Our stay in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, turned out to last a little bit longer than we had planned. The visa we were told could just be “collected” at the embassy actually took us 10 days to process. Good thing we’re not on a two weeks holiday… Fortunately, Addis Ababa is a very nice city. Because we were…

Southern Ethiopia

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After a long day on the Marsabit Moyale road and then doing the border crossing from Kenya to Ethiopia it was time to call it a day. Our first night in Ethiopia was spent in a hotel 1, 5 km from the border. There we were also served out first Ethiopian meal, grilled goat meat with the traditional injera, bread,…

Marsabit to Moyale Road

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This piece
of road must be one of the most famous drives in Africa. Mostly for the wrong
reasons. Cars break down and people have to camp along the road as they can’t
make it all the way to the next town before dark. Well, here is our experience.
The road
looks pretty bad leaving Marsabit. In Kenya you drive…

Lake Turkana

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We have always read about how remote and difficult this route is. As usual, I think I will say, we find that this is quite exaggerated. Turkana is of course not a good place to have a break down, but there are other vehicles using the road. At least a couple of times per day. As long as you have…

Southern Kenya

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From Malin’s slide show of rain, you have probably figured out that now is rainy season in East Africa. We knew of course, but decided that this would only make it more interesting. Our first stop after Zanzibar was Manfred’s place in Arusha where we had the Patrol stored, and from there, our idea was to cross into Kenya. Earlier…

Rainy season

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Driving
north from South Africa in May 2012 we traveled in the dry season for 5 months.
We did not have a drop of rain for at least three months in the middle, and it
made life on the road nice and easy. As we have had a break and stored the Patrol
for 6 months in Arusha, we are…

Getting ready

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We’ve now been on the road for almost three years. There have been two longer breaks, one for about three months in Patagonia when we flew in to work in Antarctica, and a second break, for about 5 months when we signed up for another season in Antarctica earlier this year. Other than this we’ve been more or less…

Travel too fast

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Some years ago a friend made a comment about that he thought travelling by plane was to travel to fast. I heard what he said, but I did not fully understand or really agree with him. I thought flying was pretty amazing and it enabled me to get to exotic places quickly from Norway. Flying home to Norway after traveling…

Antarctic trucking

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Last season I was more or less (except for the most amazing bonus in the world) stuck in the dining tent as a kitchen assistant and dish washer. This season I signed up to work in the Mechanical department, and the idea was that I would be out driving for most of the season. Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions not only…

Back to Antarctica

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It has been
a while, but as we’re now back in Africa after our “break” in Antarctica, it is
time to get back online and start the blog again. First a few updates from the
cold continent:
It was
quite different to arrive at Union Glacier this season. Last year most of camp
was already in place and tents were…

Break break

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Same
procedure as last year… Some of you already know, there will be a short break
in driving, and we’re flying to Antarctica for a few months work.
We found a
place that we both thought looked good in Tanzania, and the Patrol, our home
for the last two and a half years, are parked next to quite a few…

Usambara Mountains

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Usambara
Mountains is in the North East of Tanzania not too far from the border to
Kenya. One of our reasons to visit the area was because we had heard about
Irente Farm and that they produced cheese. Travelling in countries far away you
sometimes miss food items that you are used to from home. On the top of our…

Zanzibar!!!

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The paradise island off the coast of Tanzania that you find in all the nice and cool travel magazines. I had high expectations, and could even be persuaded to leave the Patrol at a beach resort on the mainland for more than a week. How we were supposed to get out to the island had been discussed for a few…