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12/18/2013 – 167 days/15256 miles

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I finally got my bike through customs!
After leaving Istanbul two days later than planned (which then required waiting over the weekend while customs was closed), and going through 3 days of dealing with customs, it felt pretty good to go on one of the most exciting rides I’ve ever taken through a city.

When customs opened on Monday, I…

Kolkata – The Sights, The Customs and The Land of the Long Blasting Horn

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The Arrival Taxi in Kolkata
(India)
Exiting from Kolkata airport into the Indian air was an assault on the senses I’ve experienced only once before. The last time I was in India!!
It was early evening by the time I collected my bags and headed into town to find my hotel. The road was filled Kolkata’s synonymous yellow taxi’s, it’s…

Hello India – Leg 4 begins

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First sight of India. Kolkata from the Air.
(Kolkata, India)
Hello India, It’s great to be back!!
After an extended stay in Singapore (waiting for my delayed vessel to leave Port Klang) I flew back to Kuala Lumpur to collect my shipping documents, and then onto Kolkata on Tuesday. It was a great few weeks relaxing but I’ve been getting…

The Long Wait to Freedom…

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After seventeen days of separation, the Big Fella finally touched down at O.R. Tambo International Airport (still Jan Smuts to me…) at 10 pm on Friday the 6th of September. He had made a quick side trip to Dubai aboard Emirates Airlines, having left New York on the 4th of September…
Although the air-cargo warehouse of Africa Freight Services is…

Chasing robbers

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Quito, Ecuador
[by Paula]
In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been chasing two types of robbers.
The first, Ecuadorian customs, we are trying to outwit using the powers of logic, justice, and tenacity.
The second, an actual daylight robber, we chased off a bus, down the street, then pinned against a wall before handing her over to the police.…

Blantyre Malawi to Tete Mozambique

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8-9th June
We left Blantyre Malawi and drove 100km or so towards the Mozambique border Zobue. On route I said to Nic I am not sure if we would have a problem leaving Malawi as I had noted they had scribbled a 7 day visa above the entry stamp. Usually countries grant you 30 day visa even if you are…

Jungle Junction Campsite in Nairobi

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Jungle Junction Camping site in Nairobi, the first city south of Lake Turkana, Kenya:
As we drove into Nairobi and the campsite I thought that we would only camp there for two days max. We ended up staying a week and had to force ourselves to leave! Jungle Junction is located at these GPS waypoints: S 08 08 817, E…

Brodie is back!

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Brodie is back!
After a long wait we received confirmation from our contact Keith that the vessel had docked, the container had been unloaded, and that it was now waiting for us at the SA Container Depot. Arrangements had been made with Customs, and the container opening was scheduled to take place at noon.
Our hosts in Cape Town were…

“We are sailing…”

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Two very important points: 1) Africa changes quickly; 2) It isn’t about what you know, it is who you know…
We were in Tambacounda in Senegal when the French decided to intervene in Mali, and we were at the campsite in Palmarin when the five people were killed in Casamance. It really confirmed our decision to ship our vehicle from…

Any Port in a Storm

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As we pulled our mud-caked vehicle alongside the twilight outline of the Flintstone’s Cave hostel in Goreme, Cappadocia we were greeted by welcoming staff and a few friendly Erasmus students.
“Looks like you’ve had fun, what have you been up to?” one enquired.
It would be a few days before the obscure images of the past 24 hours had cleared…

Colombia ahoy!

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[We've fallen a bit behind with the blog. Tsk. And so much has happened recently. So for that reason we took half each and turned this next post into a two-parter. Fellow travellers who want more details about shipping and boat journeys from Panama to Colombia can email us or wait until we get round to posting a separate page…

Muy buenos Buenos Aires

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Ah yes, Buenos Aires. It is hard not to like the place; with its gorgeous architecture, good food and beautiful people. Very beautiful people. It is just how I imagined it to be, very European, the Spanish influence extremely noticeable. I arrived a few days before the bike which gave me some time to do…

Breezing through Chilean Customs…

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The taxi that Mariana had arranged to take me to the airport was waiting for me when I stepped out of the gates at Patio Suizo… It had taken a very stern look from me to stop her explaining that I could take a train… Naturally, the driver did not speak a word of English, [...]…

Angkor Wat

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(Emily) It had only been a short stay in Phnom Penh but we’d visited the important sites of S-21 and Choeung Ek and we knew that with all the nice cafes, bars and shops so close to our guesthouse, our budget-conscious resolve would soon be in danger of weakening if we stuck around. All in all, it was better for…