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From Morocco’s Sun to Serpa’s Heat

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There’s nothing about the ferry from Tangier to Tarifa that seems complicated. Exiting Morocco is, by far, the easiest border we’ve dealt with. There’s the usual lines and, when the gate opens, a crush of people swarming towards the booths. Rather than waiting on the bikes, I simply walk up to the immigration booth and wait my turn to hand…

Monty Python in Africa and a hot dog.

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Yes, we have no beer.
When I leave Boujdour for Dakhla – a flat desert road of some 360 km. – a group of young men shout at me when I pass them, making drinking gestures with their hands. Do I have some alcohol for them? No, of course I haven’t. You can’t get it anywhere. Such hypocrisy. Morocco produces…

Some desert pistes in the Western Sahara

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I met up with Manfred and Gaby, a German couple from Munich, on a campsite some 30 km. from Laayoune. I had first met them in Agdz during my two-month shakedown trip in Morocco. They have travelled extensively and are experienced desert rats. Since they had plans to return this January and do some pistes out of Gandini’s guide in…

Entering the Sahara fully geared.

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After the minor hiccup with the gearbox – which had me grounded in Mohammedia for three weeks and cost me a fortune – I’m happy to say that I am now fully geared for the Western Sahara. I made camp at Tantan plage, some 15 km west of town, admiring the sun set over the Atlantic. Who’s bored, eh?

Lone…

A Souk, a Riad and the Road North

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Almost overnight, something changes for us in Morocco. Perhaps it’s the energy that envelops Meknes, perhaps it’s the massive injection of B12 back into our diets. Maybe, it’s just me letting go of trying to push through things and easing myself back into the headspace of allowing things to unfold as they may and taking each moment as it simply…

Of a friendly taxi driver and lousy Land Rover service

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The friendly taxi driver

Insane Casa traffic

I’m trying to find my way in the hustle and bustle of Casablanca’s insane traffic, looking for Salim on 625, Boulevard Mohammmed V. Salim is the dealer for Britpart in these neck of the woods, and Britpart in the UK has a gearbox ready to be shipped. We all think that with a…

Smooth crossing, rough landing in Morocco

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Lost 5th gear
After a relaxed trip through Europe and a smooth ferry crossing from Tarifa to Tanger, happily driving on the péage from Tanger to Rabat, the car suddenly lost its 5th gear. Shock and unbelief. Well, unbelief: with  a nearly 25 year old Defender, even when it’s very well serviced and maintained as mine is, you can expect anything.…

Facing Reality in Fès and the Road to Meknes

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The days of wishing for things like good weather are a distant memory. Leaving the wonderful town of Chefchaouen all we’re hoping for is a day without drama; a day of clear riding along Moroccos roads. A day of being pulled completely into the landscape and the people that make this country so wonderful. We get our wish with little…

Endless Kindness and the City of the Sky

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The view of the Rif Mountains from high on this stoney perch is stunning. It’s Bilay’s favourite spot and it’s easy to see why; two crashes (one each) and a few hours stranded on the side of a mountain pass while Nita’s heart runs wildly out of control all seem to slip away here. Even with the chill in the…

Mauritania (video)

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Την πρόπερασμένη Δευτέρα μπήκαμε στη Μαυριτανία. Η διαδικασία που έπρεπε ν’ακολουθήσουμε στα σύνορα ήταν πολύ πιο απλή απ’όσο φανταζόμασταν και διαβάζαμε. Μας πήρε λιγότερο από 2,5 ώρες και αυτό πιο πολύ γιατί ήμασταν αναγκασμένοι να οδηγήσουμε πολύ αργά στη no man’s land, τη ζώνη που χωρίζει τις 2 χώρες και στην οποία κανένας δεν έχει αναλάβει να φτιάξει δρόμο! Έτσι…

Finding Meaning in Luxor

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The sun beat down as temperatures reached the upper 90′s. Sweat dripped off us as we hurried from shady spot to shady spot long the nearly empty streets. The heat even sapped the energy from the few, endlessly persistent touts who still roamed around looking for tourist dollars.

 
We were in Luxor, at the end of a whirlwind month…

From the Edge of Narrow Moroccan Roads

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For all of the activity at the border it doesn’t take long for us to feel like we’ve left it all behind. After passing through a few busy streets we leave the caterpillar of traffic and take a right turn up a tight switchback and find ourselves quickly climbing into the hills to the southwest of Beni Ansar.
The towns…

The Crossing

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Day: 232
KLMS: 35,820
Lake Nasser, the largest man-made lake in the world, some 550 km long and 35 km across at its widest point, it forms the watery divide between Sudan and Egypt and is the setting for our next adventure.
We were up early with our fixer Mazar and headed straight for the market where he could begin the arduous…

Out of Africa

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Day: 242
KLMS: 37,597
Egypt was the first country we’d been rather sceptical about visiting. With the ousting of Morsi only a few months previously and violent protests still occurring across Egypt the instability and unpredictability of the situation had made us question whether we should be attempting to drive across. However, from other travellers and local information, we learned…

Southern Morocco & West Sahara (video)

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Ευθεία, ευθεία, ευθεία! Η πρώτη ευθεία στην οποία χαίρομαι να οδηγάω! Από δεξιά μας ο Ατλαντικός, να σκάνε τα στριφογυριστά κύματα και να έχουμε κι ένα ελαφρύ αεράκι για air condition, και από αριστερά μας το απόλυτο τίποτα, να κοιτάς και η ματιά σου να μην συναντά εμπόδιο κανένα, ώσπου να χαθεί στον ορίζοντα! Αυτή την εικόνα είχαμε καθημερινά, ταξιδεύοντας…

Egypt and a plan B

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The latest information on the situation in Egypt concerning importing a 4×4 into the country is disturbing. A plan B (and C and D…) is essential
 
“Very recently the Egyptian Government has decided not to allow any 4×4 vehicles to enter the country anymore by any port. This is because they are afraid rebels will come at you with…

Marrakesh & southern Morocco

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Καλησπέρα σας και καλό μήνα, καλό χειμώνα και γενικά ότι άλλο καλό επιθυμείτε! Μην περιμένετε και πολλά νεότερα από εμάς αυτές τις μέρες. Ειδικά έπειτα από το ξεσάλωμα σε Άτλαντα και Σαχάρα, ότι και να γράψουμε και να μοιραστούμε από αυτό εδώ το βήμα θα ωχριά μπροστά του! Επίσης σχεδόν όλη την προηγούμενη εβδομάδα την “επενδύσαμε” σε ξεκούραση σε ένα…

Atlas mountain & Sahara desert

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Καλύτερη επιλογή απ’το κάμπινγκ Diamand Vert στη Fes δεν θα μπορούσαμε να είχαμε κάνει! Εντάξει, εκτός κι αν βρίσκαμε πάλι κανέναν couchsurfer βασιλιά με λιμουζίνα να μας κυκλοφορεί στην πόλη και σπίτι με πισίνα. Γιατί μόνο η πισίνα έλειπε από αυτό το υπέροχο μέρος που σου δίνουν για να στήσεις το σκηνάκι σου, να παρκάρεις το αυτοκινούμενό σου ή και…

Sudan

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Day: 229
KLMS: 35,820
Crossing from Ethiopia into Sudan is like stepping out of a packed, noisy bar into a quiet, empty side-street. As you cross the border line, the throng of people seem to just disappear and the noise is simply turned off. Sudan is a big open land, with a small population of the most dignified and gracious…

Kenitra, Rabat & Fes και ο τουρισμός συνεχίζεται! (video)

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10 μέρες πλέον στο Μαρόκο και μπορώ να πω πως νιώθουμε πλέον σαν στο σπίτι μας! Οι εικόνες που αντικρίζουμε γύρω μας, σκουπίδια, κελεμπίες, παλιά αυτοκίνητα, φωνές, ο γενικότερος χαμός που σχεδόν παντού επικρατεί, δεν μας κάνει πλέον τόση εντύπωση, ή καλύτερα δεν μας δημιουργεί αυτόν τον κόμπο στο στομάχι, που είχαμε τις πρώτες ώρες κατεβαίνοντας απ’ το καράβι στην…

Η 1η μας βδομάδα στο Μαρόκο (video)

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Στο δρόμο προς Chefchaouen

 Σήμερα το πρωί (05/11/13) 10:30 τοπική ώρα, κατεβήκαμε επιτέλους απ’το καράβι! Ακόμα τα συναισθήματά μου είναι ανάμεικτα. Ούτε περισσεύει ο ενθουσιασμός, ούτε όμως ξεπροβάλλουν φόβοι! Νιώθω σαν τον Robocop σε εκείνη τη σκηνή που είχε πάθει μπλακ άουτ και έβλεπε ταυτόχρονα μπροστά του χιλιάδες εικόνες. Ένα τέτοιο πράγμα νιώθω. Ξαφνικά απ’την ασφάλεια του σπιτιού, την χλιδή…

“The world is a book….

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My book box with room for more titles.

…and those who do not travel read only one page” (Saint Augustine).
Non-exisiting hotels, a recommended restaurant with a cockroach infested kitchen, or an undiscovered and unspoilt paradise with busloads of noisy Chinese. Anyone who has ever used a guidebook will have had similar experiences, when expectations collide painfully with a cruel…

Μερικές φωτογραφίες απ’την Ιταλία (Senegallia)

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Ύπνος στα όρθια στο πλοίο Ηγουμενίτσα

Ετοιμάζοντας το μηχανάκι για την “απόβαση” στην Ιταλία!

Στοπ στο σουπερμάρκετ για τα απαραίτητα ψώνια.

Στέργιος, Θάνος, Nico (θα μας φιλοξενήσει μερικές μέρες)

Ο γκατζετάκιας πλέον Θάνος στο υπνοδωμάτιο αγκαλιά με το laptop!

Η θέα απ’το σπίτι του Nico απλά φοβερή!

Στη σοφίτα του σπιτιού του Nico

Στη σοφίτα του σπιτιού του Nico

Senegallia…

A World Between Countries and Spies Like… Us?

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The events of the previous day don’t simply fade into a shrug. In all honesty, continuing the journey to Morocco seems incredibly foolhardy. Yet something in both of us is pushing to work through our fears and fulfill this part of a lifelong dream. It’s an inner dialogue that doesn’t stop – even when I walk to the ticketing office…

Shakedown trip Morocco

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The ultimate dress rehearsal. Nearly two months in Morocco. From Ceuta through the Rif Mountains to the far North-East, down along the Algerian border to the Figuig oasis and South to the Moroccan Sahara. Testing everything possible on rough, stony pistes and deep sand. And I’m glad to say that all the parts that I had bolted into an on the…

Welcome to…

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Once we had docked in Nuweiba, the fun started. Welcome to Egypt… or to Hell. Firstly the ferry called Queen Nefertiti was delayed about 3 hours and secondly when we finally had arrived to the harbor, for some reasons we needed to spend another 60 minutes inside the ferry.
When we finally drove off from the ferry, bureaucratic and complicated…

Sinai Peninsula – Sharm and Dahab

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Sinai is a beautiful region of stunning desert and rich marine environments, wedged between Africa and Asia. It is called an intercontinental crossroads – prophets, nomads, exiles and conquerors have all left their footprints here. Due to unique location, Sinai has been a place of refuge, conflict and curiosity for thousand years.
 After 5 days spent at the border, being…

Ras Mohammed – Marine Paradise part I

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VISA INFO!
I am going to write about as lots of us may find it useful. You don’t have to get a full visa if you are planning to stay only in Sinai between Sharm el-Sheikh and Taba. You can get 15 day stay, free of charge entry stamp at the Sharm main airport or in  Nuweiba port. Nevertheless if…