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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sidi Ifni, Morocco

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Getting the visa for Mauritania was a bit of a pain as it meant to drive back north to the clean and more orderly but quite boring capital Rabat. After queuing up for quite a while at a kind of hole in a wall in front of the Mauritanian embassy we acquired the necessary forms. Andreas’ translation of the papers…

Mohammedia, Morocco

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Just a short update after the last post ended up a tiny bit too long.
We went to Imlil as planned which is the trailhead for the climp of Jebel Toubkal, North Africas highest mountain. Getting up very early in the morning to be able to pack our backpacks, have a quick breakfast and enough time to reach the Toubkal…

Marrakech, Morocco

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We are back in civilization in the big city of Marrakech after a week of driving through mountains, the fringes of the Sahara and wonderful gorges. Morocco has once again surprised us with its huge diversity and we are certain that it is impossible to see everything in less than several months.
After our little rest north of Meknes we…

Meknes, Morocco

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We are sitting here on sofas next to a pool that we have for ourselves on a beautiful little campsite ca. 15km north of Meknes while deciding to do something useful and update the blog.
We have been in Morocco for 10 days now and are absolutely loving it. The landscapes are varied, the people friendly and welcoming, the heat…

Art Rocks

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Separated by only 62 kilometres in distance but several thousand years in time, we visited two contrasting sites of ‘rock art’ in the Anti Atlas region of Morocco.
Inhospitable landscapes globally have revealed carvings and paintings left by primal societies; Morocco has over 300 prehistoric rock art sites, some dating back over 5000 years. Unlike the cave art of France…

Fog on the Rif

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Morocco’s notorious Rif region, a mainly mountainous area in the north, stretching over 300km from Tangier in the west to the Melwiyya River in the east is a natural boarder between Europe and Africa. It is also an area synonymous with Marijuana production.
According to some sources, the country is home to approximately 220,000 acres of Marijuana fields and it…

Ornithological Orchestra

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On the fringes of the Sahara in Southern Morocco a seasonal phenomenon occurs in wetter years. Rain collects in a shallow, temporary salt lake, offering a feeding and resting site for thousands of migratory birds on their arduous journeys from Africa to Northern lands. This ephemeral lagoon was our camp for the night.

By first light the Ornithological Orchestra is…

Day 72…Rabat- The Spaniards

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Hi Guys,
My route over the last few days.

We left Marakesh with spirits high and ready to ride the famous atlas mountains. Our destination Was Zagora.
We left Marakesh with an orange juice off course.

We made our way through the morning traffic and headed out of town on a wonderfull twisting road towards the mountains. We had some…

Campervan Train

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In 1956 the French left Morocco after 44-years of occupation but recent times have seen a new invasion; from the Southern Spanish Ports they come in their thousands, a campervan cavalcade marching to a victory of sunshine and low-cost campsites.
Throughout natural history, species with the means (ie-wings) have wisely selected to spend their winter months in the sunshine of…

Movie Set Movie

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Way back in 1962, British director David Lean choose the dusty town of Ouarzazate and its surrounding area to film his epic movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Lean recognised the potential of the area as a unique and versatile film location and inadvertently started the small dusty towns long love affair with Hollywood.
Ouarzazate and the smaller UNESCO World Heritage site…

Day 67…Marrakech

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Salaam Aleikum,
My route over the last few days.

I had a slow start the morning after the last blog. I had a quick coffee and packed in a rush as Dave was ready to go. We had a long day ahead of us as we wanted to push to Marrakech, the one city I have been looking forward to…