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Spearfishing the Cresta del Gallo

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Sometimes it all comes together just before it all falls apart. I found the spot where the pargo were lurking and was lining up shots but couldn’t seem to land one. I had two shots on good respectable fish that…

CO 1 – 2 Days 12 Kilometers

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We had really been looking forward to Colombia. Right now, we just want to get the hell out of here. We were behind schedule when we crossed the border from Venezuela into Colombia. It was Saturday and we had an…

VZ 11 – Bittersweet Goodbye

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Leaving Venezuela is bittersweet. We never planned on sticking around, we even thought long and hard about a way to get around the country, but we have come to really appreciate Venezuelas affordability and the freedom that provides. The affordability…

VZ 10 – Vacation

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We have tried to keep a straight course through Venezuela and avoid any wandering around. Our purpose here is to pass through and get to Colombia where we plan to do a small amount of exploring, mostly in regard to…

VZ 9 – The Cost of Living

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The simple answer to how is it possible to spend three years living and traveling in Mexico and South America without a job or any real source of income is : Very carefully. We cook our own food and we…

VZ 8 – Love Motels

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Our first experience with “Love Motels” was in Mexico when we were on the road and could not find a place to stay for the night. As a last resort, we pulled up to the gate of an “hourly” motel…

VZ 7 – Ve “no hay” zuela

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It’s hard not to notice that there are a few things missing in Venezuela. We Stopped in at a Makro store (like Costco) to see about some supplies and couldn’t help but notice a lot of bare shelves. Its easy…

Polyfunctional

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combi |ˈkɒmbi| noun a machine or appliance with two or more functions The morning ritual –  breakfast, coffee, valve adjustment, shower. You don’t so much drive a kombi as live with one. Its a relationship that requires something from both…

VZ 6 – Chaos in Caracas

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At least we hd a good nights sleep and a nice breakfast before attempting to drive through Caracas. The Kombi overheated and dumped oil on the way in at 850 meters elevation and again on the way out at 1100.…

VZ 5 – Lost in La Cruz

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We’ve paid more for camping in the past so we didn’t feel too bad about sleeping in the car outside the room last night. The hotel was just a bit too dubious. At least we had a place to plug…

VZ 4 – El Gigante

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We are starting to get a feel for Venezuela and we like it. There’s good food to be found and the people seem to be pretty cool. We spent a fair amount of time today driving in circles through the…

VZ 3 – 5 Cents Further

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Venezuela Totally Unexpected. Another 5 cents worth of fuel finds us a few hundred kilometers deeper into the country. For about 12 bucks we’re staying in a resort outside of Ciudad Guayana. The only time we’ve paid less for a…

VZ 2 – The Grand Savannah

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I honestly expected a little different from Santa Elena del Uairen. After all, it’s the jumping off point for trips to Salto Angel (Angel Falls, for you gringos) and expeditions into Venezuelas savannah. Its a relatively clean place and has…

VZ 1 – Scoring Some Currency

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Venezuela Other than having to drive 15 km into Santa Elena to get insurance and then head back to the border with proof, entering Venezuela was pretty painless. The biggest challenge is negotiating the VZ currency. After extensive searching, we…

Confession Time

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We first drove our Kombi into Brazil in june of 2011 with permission for 6 months. As the six months came to a close, we tried everything possible to legalize the car in Brazil but without luck. So in mid…

Mise à jour

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Bonjour à tous ! Nous sommes tellement en retard dans la publication de notre blog (8 mois d’arrièrés !) qu’il nous faut quand même vous tenir un peu au courant.   Nous avons quasiment terminé notre périple aux Amériques. Orlane…

A Lift at Last

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After a few weeks without access to any weights, we finally found a functional gym in Boa Vista. This place was overcrowded with machines but we made some room and got our lift on. Just about time we got going…

Boa Vista

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If you want to learn a new language there’s no better way to do it than by taking a Kombi to a foreign country. You’ll find yourself in lots of long descriptive conversations and interactions with mechanics, auto part suppliers,…

End of the Line

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There’s a strange experience on the Amazon when the pristine rainforest abruptly stops and is replaced by a filthy city. It seems impossible but all of a sudden there it is like a rotten cavity in a an otherwise gleaming…

CRAAAACK!

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When I went to bed at 11:00 or so there were lightning flashes everywhere. No thunder just lightning all around. At 2 am we were pulling into port at Juruti, the rain was coming down hard, I saw a flash…

Fever Dreams

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The last thing I expected while traveling up the Amazon was to be cold, but there I was laying in my hammock wrapped in a sheet with my teeth chattering. It was becoming painfully cold and nobody else seemed to…

Happy Anniversary

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3 years ago today we landed in Uruguay, leaving behind our lives in California. If I could go back and change anything… I would have left sooner.…

Viva Bolivia !

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La Bolivie : un pays que tout le monde connaît un peu de nom, et pourtant si difficile à situer correctement sur une carte. Mais c’est un endroit si plaisant que nous y sommes retournés 3 fois, et que nous…

So you live in a van.

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What’s it like to live in a van? I’ll tell you. Now.   My personal rock-bottom of our journey came in the town of Ajijíc, a charming town filled with American expats on Mexico’s Lake Chapala. After spending a first…

Le Pérou, tout simplement

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Comme on l’entend souvent : c’est pas le Pérou ! Eh bien là oui, c’est le Pérou.   Venant de l’Equateur, nous arrivons à la frontière de bonne heure comme d’habitude, mais grande surprise pour nous, c’est une frontière ultra…

Road knits II

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Llama-inspired street art in Copacabana at Lake Titicaca. They are serious about llamas in this region of the world, and so I have stepped up my interest in llamas as well–by knitting with as many of them as I can.…

Insta… Juan?

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A few months ago I started playing the Instagram game. So, inspired by Stephanie’s “Instavan” posts, here are a few square images. Follow me on Instagram @juanbuhler.…

Bobby Miller Finally Races The Green!

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Green River Narrows Race – A Veteran Racer’s Perspective on the First Time Racing the Green By: Bobby Miller Every year in early November, the infamous Green River Narrows Race (aka The Greatest Show in All of Sports) takes place,…

To Lima and beyond

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We ended up staying five nights in Lima, accomplishing important things like: showering, doing laundry, taking Milo to the vet, visiting the mechanic, SUSHI, and meeting our new friend Miguel and a bunch of other Westy owners. We also enjoyed…