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There…and back!

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On September 13, 2012, we left San Francisco and headed south in our 1989 Volkswagen Westfalia. After reaching the southernmost tip of Argentina, Ushuaia, on April 3, 2014, we headed back north to Buenos Aires, where we flew home on…
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Dog-friendly travel

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Yes, you can travel overland with your dog(s)! We have met many travelers in the Americas with their dogs, and most of them were like us–not the richest, not the most organized, not the most Spanish-speaking. If you want to…
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Turkey by car

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We left Istanbul in a rental car, heading east through the central region of Anatolia. The road were very good, although there were a lot of tolls immediately outside the city, and for a while the scenery was a constant…
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Van sin van : Istanbul

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Our honeymoon in Turkey and Greece was a completely different travel experience from our last journey abroad. We started out by taking a mercifully direct flight from San Francisco to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines, 14 hours that went by quickly…
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Van and Casa upgrades

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I can’t believe Juan hasn’t posted photos of the van. Here he is, in all of his restored glory. It is pretty unbelievable how shiny and new it looks. You would never guess where it’s been! The color is pretty…
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Google Street View!

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Back in January 2013 we were in the south of Mexico. We drove from San Cristóbal to the border with Guatemala, and then back up north along the coast to Oaxaca. The day we left San Cristóbal that time, we…
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Adventures in the *new car

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*New to us We’ve been stateside for six months now and have wasted no time in settling in. Since June, we’ve gotten married, built a house, and bought a car! True, there were just two guests at our City Hall…
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The last few weeks

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Some of the things we did in the last few weeks: Drove around: Got a new door ornament: Went to San Francisco: We also started on Secret Project #1: …and Secret Project #2:…
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MILO IS FAMOUS

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I was excited to receive my two complimentary copies of The Bark today, which features this: Fame at last for Milo   No, it’s not an entire spread on Milo (although he does have some fascinating views on low-income housing…
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This road of life

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A few days after we got the van back from Buenos Aires, our family was hit with some very bad news. A cancer that my mother fought ten years ago had metastasized, and she would have to undergo intensive treatment…
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The Best Travel Bag in the World

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People planning their own trips always want to know what gear we recommend. Over the next few weeks, as part of our post-trip roundup, we’ll be sharing some of our stories with critical gear–I wouldn’t exactly call them ‘reviews,’ just…
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Pony Homecoming

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We got our van back! Tuesday afternoon, as Team USA was losing to Team Belgium, we took Milo in a rental car and drove down to Port Hueneme in Ventura County. We were a bit apprehensive, as the month of…
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Statistics

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In contrast with Stephanie’s right-brain retrospectives, I wanted to post some left-brained numbers about the trip: Time on the road: 621 days, or 1 year, 8 months, and 14 days. Miles driven: 32,107 Gallons of gasoline: 1950.6 Average MPG: 16.46…
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Retrospective Número Uno

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When I find myself thinking of our trip, it comes back to me in bits and pieces that look something like this. Truckstop lunch. Happiness on the beach. Characters. Stressful moments. Lots of love. More characters. Mexican food. People continue…
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Coming home

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My friends here have a specific term we use when talking about the act of returning from a long trip: re-entry. I’m not quite sure who coined it (Sam? Lindsay?), but to me the breathless descent through the atmosphere that…
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The final countdown

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We are going home TOMORROW! I’ve thought about home so much as a mental escape that it has become hard to believe it is a real place, far away, where we will be transported overnight through the magic of aviation.…
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Violence and security

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After money, the number-two topic that people like to ask us about our trip is safety. I first heard it from my friend’s uncle in Utah. She had told me he had taken a similar road trip through Central America…
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Signs

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Here is a little gallery of some of the signs we saw on the road in Patagonia. Useful information or good advice in every one of them.…
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One last night camping

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We spent one last night in the van, at Andean Roads, the place our friend and fellow VW fanatic Cris owns north of Buenos Aires. In the morning, we organized the van in order to ship it back to California.…
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Punta Alta

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We spent the last several days in my home town, Punta Alta. It makes sense: a short 700Km drive from Buenos Aires, here we have family, friends, showers, internet, and my childhood house to stay in. We spent the time…
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The Big Decision

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Over the past few weeks, we made our biggest decision yet: when to go home. It is a decision we have been avoiding for a while—not because our life in San Francisco is so dreadful, but because thinking of home…
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Patagonia, the eastern side

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Some of the things we saw on our way north on ruta 3, on the eastern side of patagonia: The Milodon? Fall colors in Tierra del Fuego This is good advice, in general. A wrecked ship. This ship was beached…

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