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Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

We camped at the Volcano that night. Next morning we pushed off into Granada headed towards Isla Ometepe Isla Ometepe is an island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, a HUGE fresh water lake, 2nd largest freshwater lake in the…

First Taste of the Mainland

We arrived in Mazatlan early the next morning and spent about half a day exploring the city before heading south to San Blas, Nayarit.  It was nice to finally make it to mainland Mexico and switch from desert to lush…

Playa Goodbaya…

The two weeks I have spent in Playa del Carmen have been memorable to say the least…!! Mario, the manager of the Alhambra Hotel, who was always at hand to ensure that our stay was both comfortable and enjoyable…. My…

Goodbye Europe – hello Asia!

Entering Turkey We have left Europe behind and entered Asia – first politically, when we crossed the border between Greece and Turkey, and then also geographically, when we crossed the Bosporus in Istanbul. Now we are in Asia – and…

Sudan

Voor de overtocht  naar Sudan hebben wij gebruik gemaakt van een zogenaamde fixer. Dit is iemand die doet wat zijn titel al zegt; hij fixt dingen voor je. Bij de verscheping van een onze auto en bij het verlaten van…

Egypte II

Na een aantal leuke dagen in Caïro zijn we ook weer erg blij om uit deze metropool te vertrekken. Alle formaliteiten hebben we zonder al te veel gedoe kunnen regelen en op de campsite hebben we nuttige tips uitgewisseld met…

#62 Surviving La Paz

A dried, llama fetus on sale at the Witches Market in downtown La Paz. Sitting in a descending canyon, surrounded by moon valleys, La Paz is famous for its unique topography, and altitude (3,600 m.a.s.l) and even more famous for…

Long Day Driving

Well, the cab sleep worked.  We were nice and awake in time to get to the roadblock for the opening at 5.30 am, and speeded through on to the road.  Road.  That might not be a meaningful word for most…

Volcan Masaya, Nicaragua

We headed to Volcan Masaya. The only active Volcano in the Western Hemisphere you can drive to the rim of. Look for the 4Runner on the left to compare to the crater The volcano is surrounded by legend and lore.…

An uninvited guest

We had a pretty long day ahead of us with about 450 km to drive and some sightseeing on the way. Since crossing the border from South Africa to Namibia we had also crossed a timeline and we had to…

Johannesburg

Johannesburg 28/04 – 10/05 Rau famat, cu cea mai mare rata a criminalitatii din lume, Johannesburg se afla pe ruta noastra inspre Botswana. Un stop necesar pentru a ne dota cu piese de schimb pentru partea a doua a turului…

Volcano driving in Nicaragua

Border fiasco behind us we drove deeper into Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the land of volcanoes. Pretty much everywhere you turned your head your eyes would meet at least one or two of them towering over the horizon. On the road…

The Pen…

So I am writing this with a hand-crafted pen given to me as a gift from Rod in Quartzsite AZ.  Let me paint you a picture of this object of my affection as it starts with the mundane innards of…

Needlepoint

Of course all things being equal nothing is ever simple.  Although I said in the last blog that there were no more road blocks and we were able to enjoy the driving and beautiful Bolivian scenery again, there was in…

Traveler’s Book Swap

Meandering through a region that isn’t your own, you do find yourself with some time on your hands. Especially if you’re really only there in a touristic capacity, especially if there are glorious beaches with not much to do and…

Playtime in Playa…

Ah….there you are…!! Where the heck have you all been…?? Running out on me like that…?? Ha…!! Happy reunion at Cancun airport…!! And it had nothing to do with the welcoming Margaritas…!! It’s been a very busy week, and I…

Me gusta El Salvador

Entrer au Salvador, ce n’était pas gagné avec Bip Bip et son volant à droite… Mais on n’a pas baissé les bras! Chris a passé pas mal de temps à chercher une solution sur internet et finalement a contacté un…

The Key to the Cloud Forest

-“Buenos Dias. ¿Usted Sergio Garcia?”  -“No.” -“Gracias. Adios.” -“Buenos Dias. ¿Usted Sergio Garcia?” -“No.” -“Gracias. Adios.” -“Buenos Dias. Usted Sergio Garcia?” -“No.” I was watching Aneta with amusement walking up bravely to random men in the Zocalo (square) of the…

Towing Toyota

After yesterday’s warnings in Huaylloma from the military about the roadblocks by the two warring communities, we set off this morning wondering what we’d come across. What we got first was not expected. A broken down Toyota. With neither us…

Driving in Colombia

Driving in Colombia is really expensive. Almost all the paved roads are toll roads with relatively expensive tolls – we’ve paid between 6,300 and 16,400 pesos. The tolls are around every 50-100km although we’ve had them twice in 10km.  The…

Namula – Mozambique

Now within spitting distance of the coast & Ilha de Moçambique… I can almost feel the sand between my toes – woop, woop! More like red dust in every orifice!! We have stopped in Nampula for a couple of days…

Allo Hippo!

South Luangwa is één van de top parken in Afrika. We logeren aan de Luangwa rivier nabij de ingang van het park. De campsite is niet omheind en dat hebben we geweten. Hippo’s en olifanten bij de vleet, waardoor het…

Camping Places in Colombia

Navy Museum Car Park, Cartagena (N10 25.273 W75 33.162) Large car park where we parked for a night. Cost:  Col 23k. From approx 8pm until 1pm next day. The spaces in the car park itself are quite short but there…

Heading to the Mainland

Maybe it’ll be my job (Shannon) to bring the audience up to speed when we’ve had a lack of blog writing.  It’s been a while so I’ll have to thumb through some pictures and journal entries to remember it all.…

South Africa to Namibia

This was our first overland border crossing on the African continent. Travelling in Africa and Asia requires in many cases a Carnet de Passage. I have of course heard of travelers that have been able to travel across Africa without…

La música de Oaxaca

Posted from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The music of Oaxaca If you make it to the end of this post, there is a video!! Our original plan (many months ago) was to spend two weeks in Oaxaca.  Then one day while…

River Crossings galore

Vandaag wordt het de spannendste dag tot nu toe. De river crossing over de Lundazi staat op het menu. We vertrekken vroeg genoeg op de campsite om veel tijd te hebben aan de rivier. Na een twee uur rijden komen…