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Review: Road Test Navigation Apps on Android

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Part 1: set-up, menus, address search Skobbler/Scout versus MapFactor NavigatorReview of Android GPS appsIntroduction This is a very subjective review of Skobbler/Scout and MapFactor Navigator, based on around 6 months experience, mostly gathered in South America. More precisely,…

Travelling from Jericoacoara to Lençois Maranhenses, day 1

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Into Jericoacoara Is driving your own vehicle into Jericoacoara really not allowed? The Lonely Planet Brazil guide says traffic is restricted, but despite having travelled through Jeri yesterday, we still aren’t sure about the regulations. On arrival into Jericoacoara we…

Beautiful free beach camps in Brazil

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We’ve parked on or right in front of many wonderful beaches in Brazil. There’s not many people overlanding here, and there isn’t a camping culture either, so there aren’t many ‘campgrounds’, and beach camps are pleasant compared to fuel stations.…

Shop: ‘dare2go’ Photo Calendars

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It’s been relatively quiet here with updates recently, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been lazy… From our vast collection of photos, we have selected images to publish as PHOTO PRODUCTS for you to buy! Proceeds from this project will support…

Little boxes, on the hillside….

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… Little boxes made of ticky-tacky, Little boxes, little boxes,Little boxes, all the same.There’s a green one and a pink oneAnd a blue one and a yellow oneAnd they’re all made out of ticky-tackyAnd they all look just the same.That’s…

Teaching English to adults in Santiago de Chile

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Giving an English language lesson at Vitacura English in SantiagoFor the majority of my adult life, my answer to the question – ‘What do you do?’ – had been, ‘I am a Maths teacher’. Until we left Australia last…

Inside of Blac, part 2

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The remainder of the photos of the inside of our motorhome, Blac. 5. Looking towards the front of the vehicle.  The fridge is on the left,  we covered it with a poster print collage of our wedding day and a…

Enjoying Regional Cuisine

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A couple of weeks ago we visited a wonderful farm for a ‘Traditional Country-style Breakfast’. We’d driven 2 days to get there (it was on our route and there was nothing else we knew of to visit anyway) as it’s…

Brazilian drivers are crazy!

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Brazilians, in general, are lovely people. I actually think that they might be about the friendliest people in the world. BUT, put them behind of the wheel of a motor vehicle and they think they’re Airton Senna (famous Brazilian race…

Long days of travel

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Finding overnight overland stops, or camps, in Brazil. I think I’ve mentioned before that an unfortunate thing about overlanding in Brazil is the distances between attractions. It can be several long days of bad roads and too much traffic before…

Ciudad Abierta, Arquitectura de Ritoque

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I promised in my blog post Beaches north of Viña del Mar to Ventanas that I would find out more about the “Arquitectura de Ritoque”. This was initially sparked by one of Yasha’s English students, who had excitedly mentioned his…

Beaches north of Viña del Mar: Horcón to Papudo

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In my last post I listed the towns between Viña del Mar and Ventanas , the southern turn-off towards Horcón.Horcon: colourful main beach (fishing coop in background)Horcón Built on the steep side of a hill, the main part…

Beaches north of Viña del Mar to Ventanas

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The coast north of Viña del Mar (or the better known Valparaíso, which is just a few clicks further south) is certainly not yet over-developed, although more and more is being covered up with concrete. So far, each place along…

Museum of Pre-Columbian Art in Santiago

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Like many cities in the world, Santiago offers free entry to their museums one day a week – this happens to be Sundays, when most of the shops in town are closed. One museum I can recommend, specially to those…