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Paradise

Paradise

For few days it was pouring rain. It rained all day and it cleared at night so it was on the cool side. Then finally the rain stopped and the sun peaked out. It felt like paradise. We basically live in paradise  on this round thing called Earth, only that some maniacs...
How it Feels to Be a Tourist Cow in Bolivia

How it Feels to Be a Tourist Cow in Bolivia

“The tourist is like a cow. You milk it until it’s dry!” When Yasha stayed in Nepal in the 80s, the then Nepalese king was famously quoted as having given this advice to his citizens. It could apply equally to some policies enforced by Bolivia’s Evo...
Exit Ecuador

Exit Ecuador

A ‘rainy season’ usually brings ummm… rain. Except for Ecuador in 2016, that is. The 2016 ‘rainy season’ has so far not really materialised in these parts and it’s been conspicuously dry in the north-western Andes. Locals tell us that they have seen not a single drop...
Amazonezit (B1613)

Amazonezit (B1613)

Het laatste Suriname ​Bigi Pan, vlak bij de grens naar Guyana, is een moerasgebied met heel veel vogels. De opvallendste is de rode ibis, die door het eten van garnalen bijna fluoricerend rood wordt. We overnachten er in een lodge op palen midden in het meer en...
Along the Way See Bolivia’s World Heritage

Along the Way See Bolivia’s World Heritage

After experiencing the wonders of the diverse World Heritage sites of Brazil , we made sure to check out those on offer when we travelled on from Brazil to Bolivia. Bolivia has 7 UNESCO World Heritage listed sites: 6 of them are cultural sites, 1 a natural site. We...
Tuning in a camera

Tuning in a camera

There are endless discussions, teachings, tech talk, youtube videos, blogs, reviews so on about cameras. I used to go to gazillion sites and ended up with not much on the learning curve. I always thought that there are ‘secrets’. There might be, I stopped...
Exotic fruits

Exotic fruits

I will start to take photos of the exotic fruits and veggies specific to the areas we travel through. I should have done this long time ag, but never too late. Eventually I will even describe how they taste and how to eat them. Many times we have to ask in the market...
Piranha vissen in Bolivia

Piranha vissen in Bolivia

Terwijl wij de laatste voorbereidingen treffen, schuift onze gastvrouw de toegangspoort open. Helm op, handschoenen aan, zonnebril erbij, we zijn klaar voor vertrek. We starten de motoren, zwaaien gedag en mengen ons in het drukke verkeer van Santa Cruz de la Sierra....
43. murales in valparaíso / november 2016

43. murales in valparaíso / november 2016

seit 2003 ist die hafenstadt valparaíso unesco weltkulturerbe. die 1542 gegründete stadt war bis zur eröffnung des panamakanals der wichtigste hafen in chile. uns haben besonders die vielen schönen, teils zum museum erklärten, gemalten und gesprayten wandbilder...
Portraits from Latin America

Portraits from Latin America

Memories are, oddly enough, like a fruit salad. Though the fruits commingle, each remains an individual part of the salad. Take a single item out and it’s no longer a salad but a piece of fruit. This occurs with travel memories as well, and although the names...
Renewing car permit in Colombia

Renewing car permit in Colombia

So we renewed our tourist visas and next was to renew the temporary car import permit. A fairly simple process, right in the middle of downtown Medellin at the DIAN office. The renewal is free of charge and there is a little bit of runaround like photocopies and...
The Big Turn Around

The Big Turn Around

Flexibility… the key to overlanding! Way back in May we left Chile into Bolivia, then on to Brazil, back to Bolivia, then to Peru. Now here we are in Ecuador and we’re making a big turn-around, heading some 3,000 km back southwards. It’s not the most logical of...