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A Romanian Affair

A Romanian Affair

Often the unexpected happens … Romania’s reputation from the eyes of the standard German really is a negative one: car theft, rabied wild dogs, gypsies, street prostitution, children gangs et cetera … All this certainly happens in Romania – just as in...
One More Night!

One More Night!

Adventure! One more night and we’ll be on the road again. First, we’re using the “Autobahn“ to cover the distance to the meeting point with our Swiss friends on a small campsite in the South-Eastern corner of Germany, bordering Poland and the Czech Republic as fast as...
Africa Calling

Africa Calling

Having arrived in Europe is both a triumph and a shock to the system. For the past two years we’ve explored the Earth’s faraway wild places with wonder and amazement. Every time we moved we were moving into the unknown, and with it came a sense of adventure and...
Rock ‘n roll nights

Rock ‘n roll nights

Multi-coloured  Valparaiso. Jupapina, nr Mallasa, Bolivia [by Paula] We spent a day trying to decide where to go for the last portion of my brother’s visit. We could still make it to Peru for some trekking? Maybe pop over to Argentina? After Derek left, Jeremy I were...
Dushambe, un cuibusor tadjik

Dushambe, un cuibusor tadjik

Cica nu exista rau fara bine. Pentru calatori, a fi cu ochii in patru e musai: atentie si la pericole, dar si la oportunitati efemere (vocea unei femei care rasuna in fundul alei poate vesti o petrecere, un claxon de bicicleta poate semnala baiatul cu paine calda… si...
Crossing into Uzbekistan

Crossing into Uzbekistan

This was the border crossing we had been dreading, for a number of reasons. Medications: First on our list of worries was the strict Uzbek rules regarding the carriage of medicines. There are a number of horror stories on travellers websites and blogs from people who...
South West Kazakhstan – II

South West Kazakhstan – II

We left Atyrau carrying 6 litres of used engine oil, wondering quite how to dispose of it an environmentally responsible manner?  We pulled into a small roadside garage to explain our predicament and see if we could use whatever disposal facilities they may possess in...
South West Kazakhstan – I

South West Kazakhstan – I

In our league table of areas visited so far, Western Kazakhstan is, unfortunately, in the relegation zone…along with Belgium.This is down to a variety of factors, and some of these have more to do with us, our preparation and expectation management, rather than the...
Kazakh wedding

Kazakh wedding

By sec. XX Kazakhstan  was a country of nomads. Less southern area through which the Silk Road . I mean where do we intend to take. May all travelers avoid this segment and pedal or drive their vehicle in Georgia in Azerbaijan, and the Caspian Sea ferry crossing.We...
Castles in the realm of fairy witch

Castles in the realm of fairy witch

Urmeza o serie de cinci ace de par. Unele sunt la deal, unele sunt la vale. Mergi usor, da? imi zice Ionut. Dumul nu arata incurajator, dar e uscat.   In dimineata asta suntem singuri pe munte. Ionut e in elementul lui.   Eu continui sa crosetez pantele in...
Moldovan Border Crossing

Moldovan Border Crossing

Romania Border crossing used: Targu Frumos (between Pascani and Iasi)Border process / hassles: Our first mildly problematic border. Total time, about 2.5 hours: Exiting Romania: No queue – but a more thorough check exiting than arriving?  Usual doors opened and...
Romania

Romania

Border crossing used: Mateszalka (Hungary) – Satu Mare (Romania)Border process / hassles: None – quick wave of the passport and through. New motorway (not even shown on 2013 road atlas) runs almost to Mateszalka. Smooth, virgin, unused tarmac all to...
Dreaming of Botswana … still …

Dreaming of Botswana … still …

We were very excited when our vehicle arrived in Cape Town – amongst other things, it meant that we could finalise a plan that had been brewing for a while: join Global Adventures on their Botswana Recce. Their plan to visit Botswana had been a year or more in the...