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The Race Home for Christmas

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Day: 255
KLMS: 40,539
With the Africa leg of our journey completed, it was now a race against time to fulfil our promise of being home by Christmas. We had decided that the best route home would be to catch a boat from Israel to Italy, using Grimaldi, a reliable Italian cargo company rather than trying to face the nightmare…

12/11/2013 – 160 days/15248 miles

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I just made it to India, but am waiting on my bike. I’m having some serious motorcycle withdrawals and have almost considered renting one of these…

Other than that, I’m photoless, but here’s the story of how my shipping experience went out of Turkey…
 
I spent two days with the guys at the cargo area of the Istanbul airport.…

The Great Shipping Debacle (part 2)

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After an hour and a half flight, we stepped off the airplane into Rafael Núñez International Airport in Cartagena, Colombia.  This was the first time since we started this trip that we had crossed a border without driving through it.  It felt different.  Easier, actually.  We grabbed our bags from baggage claim and headed for the door.  The door slid…

Kolkata – The Sights, The Customs and The Land of the Long Blasting Horn

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The Arrival Taxi in Kolkata
(India)
Exiting from Kolkata airport into the Indian air was an assault on the senses I’ve experienced only once before. The last time I was in India!!
It was early evening by the time I collected my bags and headed into town to find my hotel. The road was filled Kolkata’s synonymous yellow taxi’s, it’s…

Singapore – Big City, Bright Lights and Big Nights

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City views of downtown Singapore
(Singapore)
I landed at Changi Airport in Singapore on time and was looking for a quick exit. With a little luck I’d make it into town to catch the second half of the AB’s v Aussie rugby match. If there was one airport in the world you would pick to be fast, it’s Changi Airport.…

Malaysia – A Race, A Game, A Birthday And A Boat

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Day view of Petronas Towers
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Exiting Thailand was really easy. Entering Malaysia was just about as simple. A small fee (3.80 Ringgit) and a stamp of the passport was step one. Easy. A visit to the immigration inspection booth lead me to the office of the head honcho to get my carnet de passage (Boris’ passport) stamped…

Shipping from Israel to Greece

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Coming up the east coast of Africa there are at the moment very limited options for finding your way to Europe without container shipping. The ferry that used to run from Egypt has been canceled, and the other routes from Egypt through Libya or east via Syria are closed because of unrest or sivil war. This leaves Israel and two…

Shipping Montevideo to Antwerp: Part 1 – Montevideo

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A few weeks before we wanted to head home we had contacted a shipping agent in Montevideo. We knew that we wanted to send the Beast back to Europe via Grimaldi Shipping Lines and their agent in Montevideo is MHSA Ltda. We tried to contact Grimaldi directly but didn’t have any luck with this. It took a little while to…

En Route

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Below: Our Defender loaded into its container in preparation for its four-week journey to port and across the rolling seas. It is travelling on the MSC Janine, a rather prosaically named cargo ship from Panama.

There is a website on which one can read the ‘Vessel Details’, ‘Last Position Received’, ‘Voyage Related Info’, and ‘Recent Port Calls’ of the MSC…

Day 133…Israel- אני לא יודע מה זה אומר

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שלום,
My route over the last few days.

After what felt like a holiday for the last 3 days I am back in business. I reached the otherside of the Med. I must be honest that I was so demotivated after all the options seems to fall flat to reach the otherside. The Turkey-Egypt ferry was cancelled, Libya visas are…

It’s time!

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Day 80.
So here we are, are last night at Gibela’s in Durban – a little backpackers that has become home over the last 2 weeks, but tomorrow we are heading off in Africa to begin our long drive home. Kylie arrived as expected on Friday – which was a miracle, having been told that once in port it could…

Fiesta adventures in Zululand

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Day 78
1,500 Fiesta Klms
Just back from our mini adventure – wow, driving in Africa is definitely not for the faint-hearted! Driving out of Durban was like being in Gran Turismo, everyone drives so fast and if you can’t keep up, then the polite thing to do is get out of the way and drive in the hard shoulder!…

Shipping Colombia to Panama

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As promised and as I’ve been hounded by the South Africans…..hehe.Shipping agent in Colombia, Cartagena. They don’t speak ANY English at all so expect a strange experience. If you go to the office expect to be there a while. Take your Laptop and use their Wi-Fi for Google translate. They were OK although they loaded the car too early. They…

Ticket Out….

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A bit of info on shipping and a bit of info on air tickets…..AGAIN !
A bit more info on the menu of the day…I forgot to say it was soup, main course and drink all for the price. I know some of my family will now likely be booking a plane ticket here,,,,, to stay forever. If there’s ever a…

Pirates of the Caribbean…

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Today we loaded Matilda in a container. Many hours were wasted. We arrived at 9am at the terminal and didn’t leave till about 5pm. Two hours were taken for them to make a mess inspecting all our belongings. Only I (not Julie) was allowed into the port so our normal policy of one door open at a time was not…

The King and I…..

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Today we went to the shipping agent to complete some paperwork and pay some money. At the moment we aren’t filled with confidence that they are 100% used to shipping overlanders. They don’t speak a work of English but we are managing via Google translate. Luckily they have Wi-Fi on the office so we can have a limited conversation. Once…

Kylie leaves Australia

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Day 48:
KLMS Travelled – 11,932
In just under 50days we’ve driven nearly 12,000km!! The journey so far has taken us across the breadth and length of Australia in what has been an incredible ‘warm up’ for our next leg across Africa. Having the opportunity to get used to life on the road has been invaluable before we hit the…

Brodie is back!

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Brodie is back!
After a long wait we received confirmation from our contact Keith that the vessel had docked, the container had been unloaded, and that it was now waiting for us at the SA Container Depot. Arrangements had been made with Customs, and the container opening was scheduled to take place at noon.
Our hosts in Cape Town were…

Colombia, Here We Come!

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Our travels this week (we flew)

Gingers route across the stormy Southern seas!

We can’t believe we are here in Colombia and about to be reunited with our beloved van!!! It’s been a bit of a challenge but we are happy to say we have completed the paperwork process unscathed. Well except for having to part with a fair bit…

“We are sailing…”

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Two very important points: 1) Africa changes quickly; 2) It isn’t about what you know, it is who you know…
We were in Tambacounda in Senegal when the French decided to intervene in Mali, and we were at the campsite in Palmarin when the five people were killed in Casamance. It really confirmed our decision to ship our vehicle from…

A quick change of plans

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We are on our way to South America! Well for the most part. The most part being the van in a container waiting at the shipyard for the boat that leaves on Sunday. It was just a couple of days ago we were hanging out on a beach in Costa Rica and got an email saying that there was a…

Home James, & don’t spare the horses

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Location: 33° 33′ 25″ S, 115° 01′ 50″ E (Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia)
Distance from Sydney: 3,351 km
Here’s a free tip for all those planning to ship your car to Australia by container:
Don’t. Ship it to the moon instead. It’ll be easier.
When I shipped Magda to the UK she went via a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) vessel. I…

Disaster Movie….

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I’ve forgotten to mention quite a few things on the blog recently and its been family asking questions thats reminded me.
We got back the £12,000 for the carnet we managed to swap over in cape town SARS office. The RAC in the UK were actually pretty quick so well done to them. We DHL’d the carnet back for a…

That Dreaded “Shipping” Post: Part 2

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After four days bouncing around the Caribbean, it was back to reality and back to work.  Our van was still in a container in the port of Cartagena and in order to drive her off we had miles of red tape to unravel.  Before beginning the process there was the matter of getting ourselves from Capurganá, a small Caribbean village…

Ghost Ship….

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So we’ve finally booked the shipping to South America (Cape Town to Buenos Aires)  with stuffing (loading the car into) the container on the 16th November. The car should be in SAm by the 21st December. The cost for this little excursion for Matilda is  $5,200 USD. OMG ! (about £3400)
Flights are booked to get us to Argentina a…

That Dreaded “Shipping” Post: Part 1

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We’ve been lying to you all along.  The truth is we can’t drive from the US to Argentina.  No one can.  The Pan American “highway” is a network of roads linking the majority of nations in the Americas and totaling nearly 30,000 miles.  It stretches from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the farthest reaches of South America, ending arguably in Ushuaia, Argentina. …

The Producers….

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Today has been pretty productive. We’ve contacted to shipping agents and they have committed to get us some quotes. Knowing how unreliable they are we shall see if they fulfil their commitments. (now that would be a fitting title for the next blog entry if they come through).We also went to Customs House (SARS) and after a bit of discussion and head scratching…

Freighter Cruiser Grand San Paolo – a look inside

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It’s taken a while to get enough bandwith to upload some video, but we have finally managed it. This gives a look inside the ship to give a feel for what it’s like.
Before you go looking at them, you better get a coffee, ideally with a few biscuits.  Not a large coffee as the videos are pretty short, and…

Moglander on the High Seas

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After a few days of waiting in Honfleur in France, we finally boarded the Grande San Paulo on the 7th August, for the next part of our adventure and for us a new continent South America.
At last, our ship arrives to Le Havre to bring us to South America
We met our fellow passengers, and we all watched Europe…

The PanAm Shipping Process Part 2 – Colombia

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Growing up in Miami, arguably one of the hottest/muggiest places in all of the United States, I thought I was familiar with stifling tropical heat. Cartagena, Colombia made the hottest summer in Miami seem like a visit to the North Pole. This place was downright hell on earth. The temperature in the shade would hover around 95F at 90% humidity.…