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Travel: it’s evolutionary, Watson!

I really didn’t need a Harvard psychologist to convince me of the fact that the only predictable thing, in life, is its unpredictability. However, as I watched Dan Gilbert’s Ted Talk, The Psychology of your Future Self the other night, … Continue reading →

Tanzania, Serengeti National Park, Ngare Nanyuki Special Campsite no 1. Saturday 18 July. Week 12, Day 97.

ROUTE. Simba A Campsite Ngorongoro Crater rim – Naabi Hill Gate southern Serengeti – Seronera Tourist Center – Ngare Nanyuki Special Campsite no 1. Total Distance and time taken. 160km, 8hr 30min, but includes gamewatching, refueling, visitors center. Detailed breakdown of route. • Simba – Naabi Hill Gate, 79km, estimated actual travelling time – 2hr. […]

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Iceland South Shore Part 2

Leaving camp on our second morning we again were treated to views of the glaciers behind us. After leaving the glacial area you pass thru the volcanic region with huge lava fields. In fact the road did not exist here … Continue reading →

Coffee Colombia

Coffee Colombia

Colombia is working on shaking off its perceived image as a dangerous and risky place to visit; to attract more visitors to its shores, it has adopted a new slogan ‘The only risk is wanting to stay’.  So…

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Yellowhead Highway e Icefields Parkway

Saímos de Smithers no dia 19/07/15 e seguimos até Prince George, que é a maior cidade ao norte da Colúmbia Britânica. A estrada também mudou já que deixamos a Cassiar Highway e seguimos pela Yellowhead Highway; ao contrário da Cassiar, a Yellowhead é mais movimentada e existem muitas fazendas e pequenas cidades pelo caminho, mas […]

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Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon

We went to the North of Arequipa to skip the many protests that were going on in the state and made our way to the deepest canyon on Earth. We were the only car for miles and we went up to 3000-5000m, passing llamas, alpacas, and their almost endangered cousins Guanacos. Condors would circle around […]

<div dir="ltr">We only had 3 nights in Slovenia. Hopefully we'll do some more one day, but at least we did the part called <i>Gorenjska</i>, as well as crossing the Triglav National Park on the <span>Vršič</span><span> pass.</span><br /><span><br /></span>The Slovenia Tourism boards official website (http://www.slovenia.info) says:<br /><blockquote><span><i>"If by some misfortune you were only allowed to visit one region of Slovenia, there is no doubt that Gorenjska would be a good choice."</i></span></blockquote>And, forget the guidebooks! This website has plenty of great information.<br /><br />So, at least we did the best part.<br />On our first night in Slovenia we tried to <i>pamp</i> on the pass going through Triglav National Park. Ourselves and a Spanish <i>ice box</i> (that's what we call the normal white motorhomes found commonly in Europe) were in a parking lot that didn't have any signs telling us we couldn't stay there (whereas other parking spaces did), but a man from National Parks came and told us we couldn't stay within the park. So, with a tremendous storm brewing, and not wanting to continue up through the bends in bad weather, we had to go back down to a campground. The storm struck as we were descending and when we arrived at the campground we couldn't even see more than a few meters in front of Blac.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QABj1kftQ2Y/VbCph4J5uiI/AAAAAAAACyw/bZxQc20VBf0/s1600/IMG_0149.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QABj1kftQ2Y/VbCph4J5uiI/AAAAAAAACyw/bZxQc20VBf0/s400/IMG_0149.JPG" width="400"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Crossing Triglav National Park on the Vrsic Pass.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />The next day we crossed the pass, stopping at a cute Russian chapel and a few viewpoints. The pass was built by Russian POW's and many died in an avalanche.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2OKDK9kALtg/VbCphjlX6AI/AAAAAAAACyo/EByBIhsjC_8/s1600/IMG_0162.jpg"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2OKDK9kALtg/VbCphjlX6AI/AAAAAAAACyo/EByBIhsjC_8/s400/IMG_0162.jpg" width="300"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>The cute Russian Chapel on the pass in Triglav National Park.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Next stop was Bled. It is possibly Slovenia's number 1 tourist destination and it deserves all the visitors. A pretty lake with a castle on a hilltop, an island in the lake with a pretty church on it, and mountains as a backdrop to everything else. We cycled around the lake, I sampled Slovenian wine (very good), and I hiked! Yes, finally my knee is enough improved that I felt it was okay to try a short  uphill hike. The hike was a difficult one up (611m) to a viewpoint over the lake. I went alone (Hendrik, I think, might have told me to turn back), and slowly. At the top I sat for a long time taking in the splendid view and feeling proud to have done such a difficult (if short) hike 6 months from my original problems, and confident I'd make it down okay, slowly. (I did!)<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EfMsixX8rhY/VbCpjsrKNiI/AAAAAAAACy0/9Sj0u1E6gg4/s1600/P1340837.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EfMsixX8rhY/VbCpjsrKNiI/AAAAAAAACy0/9Sj0u1E6gg4/s400/P1340837.JPG" width="400"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>The view of Bled from Ojstrica Viewpoint. The view was splendid even if I was at the wrong hour of the day for a great photo (at least by going early in the morning I had the view to myself!)</td></tr></tbody></table>Later that day we also did Vintgar gorge. It's a longer hike, but not so difficult and I've been capable of that type of walking for a couple of months. It's also extremely spectacular: a river rushes through the gorge and they've build a walking path along the sides so that it can be visited.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cEzPgbZ1iP4/VbCrHYh9OYI/AAAAAAAACzA/SFJ_R2d61xQ/s1600/IMG_0168.jpg"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cEzPgbZ1iP4/VbCrHYh9OYI/AAAAAAAACzA/SFJ_R2d61xQ/s400/IMG_0168.jpg" width="300"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia</td></tr></tbody></table>Next, we visited another lake (Bohinj) and took a drive through some countryside to find a border crossing without using a motorway (for which you need a vignette, which aren't so cheap for us). In the Slovenian countryside two agricultural systems got our attention as these were done differently to what we'd seen in other parts of Europe and the world. Firstly there were hay drying racks everywhere, with small rooftops. And also, the Beehives, like the one shown below, many of which had wheels under them for moving. Many that we saw were very colourful, although we didn't see any with artworks on them, although it was popular historically in Slovenia.<br />Next was Austria.<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hL15IqxlIKA/VbCrPq5LCgI/AAAAAAAACzI/OOloLnXiHYo/s1600/P1340847.JPG"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hL15IqxlIKA/VbCrPq5LCgI/AAAAAAAACzI/OOloLnXiHYo/s320/P1340847.JPG" width="320"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Slovenia beehives.</td></tr></tbody></table><div><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3FHHSTWy5vk/VbCphkx7z-I/AAAAAAAACys/epnbViTd0eQ/s1600/IMG_0163.jpg"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3FHHSTWy5vk/VbCphkx7z-I/AAAAAAAACys/epnbViTd0eQ/s320/IMG_0163.jpg" width="240"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Slovenian hay drying.</td></tr></tbody></table><br /></div>

Overlanding Slovenia

We only had 3 nights in Slovenia. Hopefully we’ll do some more one day, but at least we did the part called Gorenjska, as well as crossing the Triglav National Park on the Vršič pass.The Slovenia Tourism boards official website (http://www.slovenia.info) says: “If by some misfortune you were only allowed to visit one region of Slovenia, there […]

 Anouk hates goodbyes!  During the last few days and weeks at home on the island of Spiekeroog, many people around us kept asking us whether we were becoming more and more excited. We were not, actually! Instead - in addition to our very engaging jobs - we were in absolute and continuous "packing-mania" and had to empty […]

Ready for Takeoff, Forest Fires … and other Stories

 Anouk hates goodbyes!  During the last few days and weeks at home on the island of Spiekeroog, many people around us kept asking us whether we were becoming more and more excited. We were not, actually! Instead – in addition to our very engaging jobs – we were in absolute and continuous “packing-mania” and had to empty […]

World by Land

Um dia mais do que especial

Hoje, estamos mais felizes do que nunca. Mais um sonho se tornou realidade! “World by Land – A fascinating trip around the world by car”, versão de nosso livro em inglês, está pronta. Os primeiros 200 exemplares impressos acabaram de chegar aqui na mecânica. Lobo está lotado de livros, rsrsrs. Ter quase 10.000 cópias vendidas no […]

Mecânica GBR Utah

Pelo menos temos uma casa…

Ainda bem que nossa casa sobre rodas Victória Motorhomes não nos abandona. Durante esses quase 10 dias que estamos estacionados na mecânica GBR Utah ela nos dá abrigo, proteção, privacidade, conforto, espaço e tranquilidade. Nossa casa sobre rodas definitivamente não nos deixa na mão. Já o carro em que ela se situa, sem desmerecer, vez […]

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Why does it happen to me?? (this is not a film)

A bit of an update. Why does it happen to me…Remember the phone call for 8 hours the last time. Well this time the Insurance company sold me some insurance, yesterday. I called again this morning, like I do, to really check that what they told me was true, it wasn’t! So I cancelled it after […]

Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

The Colombian capital of Bogota is such a polar opposite to Villa de Leyva from where we had just come from that it is honestly a bit of a shock to the system!  The sheer amount of…

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All done

As noted on our last blog post, it’s time to shutdown the JustGiving page for Shelterbox. Nearly £1,200 was raised so a huge thank you to you all. When will motonoodles ride again? We don’t know yet but we will…

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Peninsula Valdes and the case of the missing Orcas

Kev has dedicated a lot of his spare time to watching wildlife documentaries and in doing so, learnt a story or two to share over the campfire; one of his favourites is about the Orcas in Peninsula Valdes. The only Orcas to do so in the world, these incredible and intelligent creatures intentionally beach themselves […]

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