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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, 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…
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,…

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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Turkey by car

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We left Istanbul in a rental car, heading east through the central region of Anatolia. The road were very good, although there were a lot of tolls immediately outside the city, and for a while the scenery was a constant…
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Van sin van : Istanbul

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Our honeymoon in Turkey and Greece was a completely different travel experience from our last journey abroad. We started out by taking a mercifully direct flight from San Francisco to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines, 14 hours that went by quickly…
Whatever images might come up when we think of Japan, Toyotas, Nikon cameras, Sony TVs and Sushi, the beautiful and mysterious Geishas should be included. When Monika said she wanted to go to Japan to see the Snow Monkeys, I immediately imagined going ...

Japan 2 – Geisha – 12/2014

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Whatever images might come up when we think of Japan, Toyotas, Nikon cameras, Sony TVs and Sushi, the beautiful and mysterious Geishas should be included. When Monika said she wanted to go to Japan to see the Snow Monkeys, I…
Together with Anja and Hauke on their motorbikes, Ronald and Rini in their camper and Anand, Punita,Yash and Dhriti, the Baid family, we continued through the deserts of Xinjiang into the city of Turpan, China’s Death Valley. At 154m below sea level, it’s the second lowest depression in the world and the hottest spot in China. Despite [...]

Chapter 26/China

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Together with Anja and Hauke on their motorbikes, Ronald and Rini in their camper and Anand, Punita,Yash and Dhriti, the Baid family, we continued through the deserts of Xinjiang into the city of Turpan, China’s Death Valley. At 154m below…
With The Turtle V safely on its way back to California, we had a little time to burn. One of the countries we had always been interested in visiting was Japan. Being so close to South Korea it was easy to take the overnight ferry to Osaka and the “bullet train” to Kyoto.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TurtleExpedition/~4/RNvX8b5RqPk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Japan 1 – Kyoto – 12/2014

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With The Turtle V safely on its way back to California, we had a little time to burn. One of the countries we had always been interested in visiting was Japan. Being so close to South Korea it was easy…
As we mention on our last post we were  forced to leave our car in the Border of Nepal and China as the roads were blocked by mud-slides and rain. The situation was in the hands of the Chinese Army and after 9 long days we were finally reunited with our vehicles but unfortunately with a [...]

Earthquake Aftermath

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As we mention on our last post we were  forced to leave our car in the Border of Nepal and China as the roads were blocked by mud-slides and rain. The situation was in the hands of the Chinese Army…
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Dawn Devotion and Breakfast With the Jikheti Nuns

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Arriving at 5am in pitch blackness, I followed the mist-shrouded path by torchlight, the sound of singing greeting me as I opened the church doors and stepped inside. Jikheti Church, hidden in the dense forest hills of Georgia’s Guria region,…
Coming to the End of a Great Adventure is always a little sad. We headed south toward the megapolis of Busan. With a growing population of 3.6 million, we had no reason to drive into the city center, and in any case, we probably would not have found a parking place for The Turtle V. […]<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TurtleExpedition/~4/YRyrrmMIoaE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

South Korea 9 – 12/2014

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Coming to the End of a Great Adventure is always a little sad. We headed south toward the megapolis of Busan. With a growing population of 3.6 million, we had no reason to drive into the city center, and in…

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