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Welding, Baseball, Coffee, Twisties and Diving. YES!!

Welding, Baseball, Coffee, Twisties and Diving. YES!!

The ingredients for just another day in Venezuela…I was up early. I sat with my bike and made some coffee in the garage. I kept my promise to my bike and gave it some proper TLC. Oil fill up, adjust and spray the chain, a new Hiflo Airfilter (which I’ve...
Trekking the Huayhuash solo

Trekking the Huayhuash solo

It all started in 2011 in Nepal. We were sitting around dinner at a tea house at Annapurna Base Camp chatting to an Argentinian/American couple and they mentioned ‘The best hike in the world’ – the Huayhuash, a remote area in the Andes where you take...

Himalayas from above

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 the mountain....
Earthquake Aftermath

Earthquake Aftermath

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...

AARDBEVING EN EVACUATIE

WELCOME IN CHINA De groep heeft zich verzameld in Nepal op de camping Borderlands, 17 km van de grens. De 25e april gaan samen we op pad. Bij de grens in Kodari krijgen we wat strubbelingen, want de douane wil geld hebben om het carnet af te stempelen. En het neemt...
Chapter 23/Nepal

Chapter 23/Nepal

Ever since Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s, this tiny mountain nation has had an irresistible mystical allure for travelers. Packed between the high wall of the Himalayan range and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains, Nepal is a land of...
Earthquake Alert

Earthquake Alert

As we were about to cross in to China from Nepal and continue our epic journey ,the powerful and destructive earthquake of 7.9 Richter  hit us.We are ok but forced to leave our car in the Border of Nepal and China as the roads were blocked by mud-slides and rain. As...

VAN INDIA NAAR NEPAL

VARANASI Het is maar goed dat wij in ons hotel bij kunnen komen van de hectiek van de stad zelf. Daar zijn we niet de enigen in. ‘s Morgens een tripje naar de stad en laat in de middag en in de tussentijd aan het zwembad. Om een ons onduidelijke reden verandert...
VAN NEPAL NAAR KASHMIR

VAN NEPAL NAAR KASHMIR

SWAYAMBHUNATH Beter bekend als de Monkeytempel en een toeristische trekpleister. Waarom is ons absoluut een raadsel. Nog nooit hebben we een dergelijke bende bij een tempel gezien. De spiraaltop is afgedekt, waarschijnlijk als bescherming tegen de duiven, die in grote...
NEPAL

NEPAL

TERUG IN INDIA We zijn koud de poort van Bhutan uit en zijn onmiddellijk in een totaal ander land. Een aanslag op al onze zintuigen: chaos, een kakofonie van geluiden, krakkemikkige winkeltjes met onduidelijke waren en uiteraard de warboel van het verkeer. Officiële...
The Big Fat Indian Wedding

The Big Fat Indian Wedding

The Big Fat Indian Wedding As seems to happen to us from time to time, we have fallen grossly behind on our blog. As the days and weeks pass, the interesting things keep piling up and eventually we become as we are now, struggling to catch up to the present. So much...
Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

We stood at the water’s edge in our shorts and flip flops along with a horde of other Western and Asian tourists. Six massive elephants rested on their sides in the cool river water of the Rapti. Every day the elephant’s masters, or mahouts, brought them out to the...
Langtang Phooey

Langtang Phooey

A while ago in the Andes mountains of Argentina we passed through a place called Uspallata, and thereafter began our ill-fated international food smuggling debacle, which saw us retreating to Uspallata. Uspallata, as it turned out, was the home base for the filming of...
The Maoist Revolt

The Maoist Revolt

You may recall a reference that I made a short time ago regarding Nepal’s turbulent recent history involving the fall of the monarchy, the rise of the Republic, and the persistent problem with those rebellious and violent communists, the Maoists. You may also recall...
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger

It was harvest season in Pokhara Valley. During our trek of the Annapurna circuit the rice fields surrounding our camp had changed from neon green to gold. Harvest season was the most time critical event of the year and everyone was cutting down the rice paddies with...
Around Annapurna, Part 3: Little Tibet

Around Annapurna, Part 3: Little Tibet

<< Read Part 2 We stood atop the roof on the edge of Muktinath and hung our laundry from the lines, glad to have put the grueling Thorong La behind us. A chilly wind cascaded down the canyon from the direction of the pass, stirred our hanging socks, and then...
Around Annapurna, Part 2: Snowbound

Around Annapurna, Part 2: Snowbound

<< Read Part 1 For the second consecutive day in Braga the rain continued to fall. Plan A had been to make a three day diversion to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at over 16,000 feet. The mountain shelf on which Tilicho sits was visible from the...