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A Taste of the Expat Life in Penang, Malaysia

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The housekeeper walks in, takes one quick glance at the living room, declares the whole apartment ‘sparkly clean’ and proceeds to unpack two bags full of groceries. Apparently, we’re cooking curry today…and who’d dare argue with that? Sanra is not…
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vom korrupten KurdiSTAN in das Land des Lächelns

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Noch hängen wir in Osh fest, Turkish Airlines hat unser Gepäck nicht verladen, daher verbringen wir zwangsweise noch 4 Tage in TES´ Guesthouse. Der Flug von Istanbul nach Osh war ein echtes Erlebnis. Die Hälfte einer großen Gruppe Bergsteiger hatte…
Number of days of the road:345 Days
Number of total Cost spent:39342euro
Number of Countries visited: 21Countries in 2 Continents 
Number of kilometres  in total:43600 km
Days of car preparation: 60
Total Daily Budget:55 euro per person
Number of hours online: Lost Count
Cost per person on the road: 15000 approximately 
Cost of pre departure preparations : 4000
Number of Documents prepared&issued [...]

Some facts in Numbers from our Epic Journey

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Number of days of the road:345 Days Number of total Cost spent:39342euro Number of Countries visited: 21Countries in 2 Continents Number of kilometres  in total:43600 km Days of car preparation: 60 Total Daily Budget:55 euro per person Number of hours…
After the Volga and Caucasus regions of our passing through Russia, we continued for one last time through Georgia and the north of Turkey. We picked up our pace because Greece was heading to bankruptcy and our budget had reached its limits. Before our return back home, I had the chance to show Rochelle a bit [...]

Chapter 30/The Road Back Home

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After the Volga and Caucasus regions of our passing through Russia, we continued for one last time through Georgia and the north of Turkey. We picked up our pace because Greece was heading to bankruptcy and our budget had reached…
Let the truth be known, one of the main reasons Monika and I wanted to visit Japan was to see the amazing Snow Monkeys. In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga-Kogen (Highlands) near Nagano, the site of 1998 Winter Olympics, are thermal springs that have been discovered by a troop of Japanese Macaque monkeys. They are also known as the Snow Monkeys because they live in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TurtleExpedition/~4/P3fd3eQde0A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Japan 6 – Snow Monkeys – 12/2014

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Let the truth be known, one of the main reasons Monika and I wanted to visit Japan was to see the amazing Snow Monkeys. In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga-Kogen (Highlands) near Nagano, the site of 1998 Winter Olympics,…
It took us 7 days and 15 different papers and applications in order to be allowed to apply for our Russian visa so we expected nothing better on our way to the border. To our surprise our Russian adventure was exactly the opposite of what we expected. Although it proved to be short (4 days [...]

Chapter 29/Russia

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It took us 7 days and 15 different papers and applications in order to be allowed to apply for our Russian visa so we expected nothing better on our way to the border. To our surprise our Russian adventure was…
At 8:15 AM, August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber carried out the World’s first atomic bombing. The bomb was about 3 m, (9.8 ft.), long and weighed about 4 tons. It was called “Thin Man” at first because of its long thin design. When the actual bomb turned out to be shorter than expected, the name was changed to “Little Boy”.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TurtleExpedition/~4/ZgUpJHmr9yY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Japan 5 – Hiroshima – 12/2014

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At 8:15 AM, August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber carried out the World’s first atomic bombing. The bomb was about 3 m, (9.8 ft.), long and weighed about 4 tons. It was called “Thin Man” at first because of…
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Adventure Annoyances 2 – Bad Drivers

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Following on in our ‘Adventure Annoyances’ series we look now from the surface of the roads to those driving on them, specifically the Bad drivers. Every country has atrocious drivers; only some have more than others, the worst offenders we…
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Overlanding in Low Season?! You bet!

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We’re currently travelling through Southeast Asia at a time of year when many fellow travellers are keeping well away. The weather is crap, the heat unbearable and humidity stifling. As most overlanders know, the trick to keeping up this luxurious…
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Auf der Seidenstraße

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Who conquered and united the ancient world together, there were war heroes, pioneers, or maybe even just simple merchants? In a Uighur text says “… Furthermore, there are merchants who do not rest with the trade and are Nutzbinger …,…
Kazakhstan, the most economically advanced of the ‘Stans’ (thanks to its reserves of oil, natural gas and minerals) is the ninth-biggest country in the World. With land of 2.7 million sq km, is about the size of Western Europe meanwhile its population is just over 17 million people.

First port of call for us? Well, since we still [...]

Chapter 28/Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan, the most economically advanced of the ‘Stans’ (thanks to its reserves of oil, natural gas and minerals) is the ninth-biggest country in the World. With land of 2.7 million sq km, is about the size of Western Europe meanwhile …
Food is such an important part of traveling to new countries. While we do most of our own cooking in our self-contained camper, we never miss the opportunity to try the local specialties. Wandering through the market place in Kyoto, without a translator standing next to us, the question was, “What is it?”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TurtleExpedition/~4/Suogy2PXTxE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Japan 3 – Food – 12/2014

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Food is such an important part of traveling to new countries. While we do most of our own cooking in our self-contained camper, we never miss the opportunity to try the local specialties. Wandering through the market place in Kyoto,…
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Turkmenistan – „Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer”

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Wir haben uns entschieden weiter auf der Seidenstraße nach Norden durch die STAN-Länder nach China zu fahren. In Teheran haben wir Visa für China, Usbekistan und Turkmenistan geholt. Für Turkmenistan bekommt man als Selbstfahrer nur ein Transitvisum, meist nur für…

Himalayas from above

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During the afternoon of 25 April 2015, a MW 7.8 Earthquake struck Nepal and surrounding nations. Shaking from the quake triggered numerous avalanches on Himalayas and Mt Everest. At least twenty two people were killed in the deadliest disaster on…
Kyrgyzstan is rapidly becoming the gateway of choice for western travelers in Central Asia. The reasons for this are its natural beauty, unspoiled mountain scape, ragged ridges, summer pastures and the recent introduction of visa-free travel, in addition with almost all of its neighbors. So it’s easy to see why.

As we were finally out of [...]

Chapter 27/Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan is rapidly becoming the gateway of choice for western travelers in Central Asia. The reasons for this are its natural beauty, unspoiled mountain scape, ragged ridges, summer pastures and the recent introduction of visa-free travel, in addition with almost…
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47 Tage unterm Tschador

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„Eine deutsche Touristin wurde über 6 Wochen gezwungen den traditionellen iranischen Tschador zu tragen“, so ähnlich könnte eine Schlagzeile in deutschen Medien zum Bild von Annette lauten. Und so schlecht die Meldungen der letzten Jahre über den Iran waren, so…

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