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Ecuador to Colombia

Finally we left the Finca Sommerwind campground somehow after a long stay, there were few lazy moments and nice slices of German cakes there. The drive towards the border was kind of slow, dust carried by the wind in the desert landscape with lots of roadworks...
Dusty old books

Dusty old books

Biblioteca Palafoxiana is quite possibly the oldest public library in North America. It looks like something out of Harry Potter. Located in Puebla, it was only by luck that we happened to stumble across this impressive collection. We found ourselves back in the state...
S’more Otavalo

S’more Otavalo

I took a bunch of photos this Saturday in Otavalo. any surprise there? My camera comes with a 250,000 clicks guarantee by the manufacturer so that would be let’s say 10,000 photos per country roughly. Why would I hold back the shutter? I know beforehand that I...
Auf dem Amazonas nach Manaus

Auf dem Amazonas nach Manaus

              Belem – Manaus – Lethem (Guyana) – Manaus – Rio de Janeiro – Manaus             28.7. –27.8. 2016 7 Tage dauert die Reise mit einer...
Just another day

Just another day

Just another day on the road today ended up differently than planned. Supposed to drive out to a volcanic lagoon, but a quick stop in Otavalo turned into a  few hours stay and that was that for the day. It’s time to move on I guess. Sometimes I wonder...
Finca Sommerwind

Finca Sommerwind

This German expat family owned finca is one of those places in Latin America where overlanders will find a complete setup for comfortable overstay, rest, clean up, fix up, laundry, do all those small things in and around the vehicle what was left uncared of for days,...
Let’s eat again

Let’s eat again

This is the street food of Ecuador, not the one from fancy restaurants. We go to the local mercado or small eateries on the streets, sit between simple people. These places are small sometimes only few tables, the food is not a la carte, you just sit down and say...
Test drive

Test drive

We had a test drive today and seems that the Sprinter is in good shape to continue in a day or two the trip. Thanks for all who had an input, ideas, I really appreciate it. So where we were at? Um, yeah we went to the mercado. It gets some use to it after shopping for...
What we WILL Miss About Ecuador

What we WILL Miss About Ecuador

I learned a few interesting things with the last post. The major thing I learned is that if we ever need to boost our reach, the formula is to say something mildly negative about Ecuador and let people who live in Cuenca see it. Our reach more than doubled. Thanks! If...

The Gordian Knot

The first , older, technician arrived at about 9 AM. He pulled out a scanner and hooked it up. In less then 10 minutes it was clear that he is pressing buttons on the scanner aimlessly. The last Sprinter model listed on the screen was a 2006. Half an hour later he...
Walk the dog

Walk the dog

With frustration running high took the dog and a camera to a small hike up on the dusty hill above the campground. A dog walk is always good for the mind. The view was nice from up there with Laguna Yahuarcocha in the valley and volcano Imbabura in the distance. Blaze...
The Drive North – RN3, Argentina

The Drive North – RN3, Argentina

Driving north from Ushuaia on RN3 was really just an exercise in keeping ourselves entertained.  3,094 kilometers to Buenos Aires in five days isn’t really that bad, but the straight roads, relentless headwinds, and never changing scenery meant we had to keep...
Not again!

Not again!

Fridays seems to be troublesome, at least mechanically. While most of the people are decompressing from a week worth of work, I’m flying high on adrenaline. Parked the van beside the market to pick up some food and after an hour the Sprinter became dead weight....
Titicaca and out

Titicaca and out

Titicaca… the highest lake in the world. More accurately the highest navigable lake, although we don’t know exactly what the difference is. It sits at 3,700m on the altiplano and straddles the Bolivia/Peru border. Bolivia has more than a fair share of natural beauty...
Overlanding: the New Low-Impact Way to Travel

Overlanding: the New Low-Impact Way to Travel

Overlanding is a low-impact way to travel! Here high-rise and low-rise holiday accommodation line a beautiful bay in Chile. On the other hand we as overlanders only occupy an empty parking lot. Actually, overlanding is not really a ‘new’ way to travel;...
What We Are NOT Going to Miss About Ecuador

What We Are NOT Going to Miss About Ecuador

For those of you who weren’t aware, we are leaving Ecuador next month. We were planning to travel around South America before returning to the United States, but those plans will have to be delayed. For reasons beyond our control, we need to return to the US...
Camping

Camping

The definition of camping would go like”wherever you can sleep uncomfortable” in Latin America, mostly. Generally speaking is “roughing it”, “boondocking” or “bush whacking”. I park the van, I’m home, OK it’s...
…And we’re back

…And we’re back

After a bit of behind the scenes witchcraft and tinkering, we present: Flightless Kiwis—the shiny new site. Sure, we might be a year behind in the blog, but we also have a year of photos, videos and funny stories to share. We’re stopped in Bolivia for a few...