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June 30, 2012 GMT - 15. Africa Twin Meeting Lissburg 07-10.06.12


April 16, 2012 GMT - ITALY 15.04.12 - 23.04.12


April 05, 2012 GMT - GREECE 05.04.12 - 14.04.12


March 26, 2012 GMT - ISRAEL 24.03.12 - 02.04.12
the first and only sign "Israel" in Jordan is located right at the border......

February 17, 2012 GMT - JORDAN 17.02.12 - 24.03.12


January 25, 2012 GMT - EGYPT 18.01.12 - 16.02.12
fixing the 3rd number plate on our journey. after 2 years of riding with filipino plate and 2 years with german plate we're forced to switch to egyptian one....

December 29, 2011 GMT - SUDAN 24.12.11 - 18.01.12
entering Sudan on Christmas Day!...

December 05, 2011 GMT - ETHIOPIA 05.12.11 - 24.12.11


November 21, 2011 GMT - OUR WORST NIGHTMARES
This chapter we'll dedicate to the experiences we do want to forget as they truly were not pleasant. At the same time it should act as a warning to fellow travellers. Ofcourse everyone is making his own experiences so dont...

October 28, 2011 GMT - KENYA 25.10.11 - 05.12.11
jane bargaining for an ostrich egg This time there is no excuses for not paying the road tax. Kenyan border officials know very well what they’re doing. They confront us with printed law. It’s 20$ for the bike for 1...

October 08, 2011 GMT - TANZANIA 02.10.11 - 25.10.11
jane with mama tukuyu...

September 23, 2011 GMT - MALAWI 23.09.11 - 02.10.11
everyone wants a photo...

September 06, 2011 GMT - ZAMBIA 05.09.11 - 23.09.11
We’re crossing into Zambia on the famous Zambezi Bridge. There are several counters to pass. The procedures are somehow confusing but one thing is clear: on every counter I’d be asked for $$$. Visa fees, carbon tax, insurance, road toll…...

August 27, 2011 GMT - ZIMBABWE 26.08.11 - 05.09.11
us at the victoria falls...

August 02, 2011 GMT - MOZAMBIQUE 02.08.11 - 26.08.11

Right, we made it across the border to Mozambique. Pretty easy procedures, nobody is asking for bribes or an insurance... Luckily for us the police doesn't stop us on the way to Maputo and is asking us for the insurance either. While camping at the Fatimas we're trying to shop for as many visas as possible.



June 16, 2011 GMT - SOUTH AFRICA 11.06.11 - 02.08.11
half of the tour "around africa" is done, we made it to cape point after 25000km through the black continent The first question we’re confronted with while at the South African border is „What do you have?“ Having no clue...

May 10, 2011 GMT - NAMIBIA 07.05.11 - 11.06.11
The luxury of a developed world strikes us as soon as we're hitting the border! There are roads in perfect condition, ATM's, shopping malls, internet and many effordable places to stay overnight. From one day to another everything isn't a...

May 05, 2011 GMT - ANGOLA 28.04.11 - 07.05.11
you'd almost need a boat At the Angolan side of the Matadi border post there are some more books to fill our data in. While the sweat is slowly soaking my clothes I’m asking myself why can’t they just copy...

April 22, 2011 GMT - DRC (former ZAIRE) 21.04.11 - 28.04.11
no space for the passenger...

April 14, 2011 GMT - CONGO 11.04.11 - 21.04.11
the fun begins right after the border We’re parking the bike right in front of the wooden barrier, which is apparently the border of Congo. No signs, no banners, no sign. Nobody is around. We have to have a look...

March 28, 2011 GMT - GABON 25.03.11 - 11.04.11
one more time at the equator Across the bridge, on the Gabon side, everything seems more modern at first. Well, there is a Laptop in that wooden shack but no electricity within 500km’s. No Customs at the border either, we...

March 02, 2011 GMT - CAMEROUN 28.02.11 - 25.03.11
at the cameroun border From the first moment on in Cameroon it is apparent to us that the Cameroonians like to drink… well; this is after our data have been recorded into 4 different books by 4 different immigration officers....

February 22, 2011 GMT - NIGERIA 19.02.11 - 28.02.11
Our heads are full of horror stories about Nigeria as we’re riding towards the border, corrupt policemen, nail boards, dash, uncountable check posts, violence outbreaks etc. From the first day on in Nigeria all this stories prove not to...

February 12, 2011 GMT - NIGER 10.02.11 - 19.02.11
Arriving at a border in the dark is never a pleasure but arriving at the Niger border after sunset seems like a nightmare. Well, we had no choice but to cross the border. The security situation in this part of...

January 20, 2011 GMT - MALI 18.01.11 - 10.02.11
We arrive early at the very quiet border in Gogui, get the passports stamped and proceed for the Customs to Nioro. It only takes few minutes to stamp our carnet and we're free to go. No one is asking for...

January 10, 2011 GMT - MAURETANIA 06.01.11 - 18.01.11
Taking the direct route through the Nomansland gives us the advantage of being the First at the Mauretanian side for Passport control and Customs. Half an hour later we're ready to go! welcome to mauretania...

December 03, 2010 GMT - MOROCCO 02.12.10 - 06.01.11
We've choosen the fast ferry from Tarifa to Tangier City against all odds. Apparently the Customs in the Tangier City port would try to extort some money on the arrival and we were told that the procedure would take anything...

November 09, 2010 GMT - SPAIN 08.11.10 - 02.12.10
It's sunny but cold and windy as we're hitting spanish border South of Argeles. The road is twisted and strong winds almost blow us of the bike. Still, it's fun! With every Kilometre its getting warmer though... Not really interested...

November 05, 2010 GMT - FRANCE 03.11.10 - 08.11.10
According to the French, every decent person should speak their language... well, our french contains of: citroen, renault, baguette and sante... Sorry, completely forgot about PEUGEOT......

October 31, 2010 GMT - ITALY 27.10.10 - 03.11.10
Only a few days through Italy on the way South. We managed to have a good look around Cinque Terre before the rain has got us again... Pouring rain for 4 days forced us to rent a container at...

October 30, 2010 GMT - AUSTRIA BRENNER
View of Innsbruck, 27th of october 2010...

September 16, 2010 GMT - CROATIA 15.09.10 - 02.10.10
It should have been Serbia in the first place... well, after receiving an email from serbian ministry of foreign affairs stating that Jane doesn't need a visa for serbia, we were refused at the border. Apparently this people don't...

August 22, 2010 GMT - POLAND 20.08.10 - 07.09.10
Despite all warnings we decided to visit Poland. I've been told by various people (who possibly never been to Poland) that I'd be robbed, my wife would be raped and, for sure, I'd have to leave Poland by public transport......

August 22, 2010 GMT - SLOVAKIA 16.08.10 - 20.08.10
bojnice castle...

August 15, 2010 GMT - VIENNA 12.08.10 - 16.08.10


August 15, 2010 GMT - HUNGARY 10.08.10 - 12.08.10 and 09.09.10 - 15.09.10


August 08, 2010 GMT - SLOVENIA 05.08.10 - 10.08.10


July 10, 2010 GMT - GROSSGLOCKNER HOCHALPENSTRASSE JUNE 2010


June 08, 2010 GMT - AFRICA TWIN MEETING 2010 at BURG LISSBERG


May 17, 2010 GMT - VENICE MAY 2010
Ever since we approached Venice by ferry last year in November we knew that we have to come back and take a closer look. November was just too cold and we were far too weary of travelling as we would...

December 21, 2009 GMT - WHITE X-MAS 2009
dear all, we wish you merry X-mas and happy new year 2010. for the first time in many years (for darius) and for the first time ever (for jane) we'll celebrate WHITE X-MAS in bloody cold europe. we had -...

November 22, 2009 GMT - GERMANY 20.11.09 - 05.08.10 and 02.10.10 -
20 months passed, 40000km later we're finally reaching germany!!!! now we'll have time for the necessary repairs and many liters of GLUEHWEIN, hehehe. the remains of our AT No time wasting, I start to strip the bike. Very soon there...

November 01, 2009 GMT - Europe 15.10.09 - 02.12.10
Greece welcomes us with 2 degrees Celsius at night and only 6 degrees during the day. Within few kilometres my fingers are frozen and turning blue. Luckily we’re able to buy some ugly but warm camo gloves. This gloves and...

October 01, 2009 GMT - TURKEY 02.10.09 - 15.10.09
welcome to turkey Leaving Georgia is as easy as coming in. On the Turkish side the situation is rather different. Darius, as the driver, has to ride through the check post; Jane has to join the queue for passengers. With...

September 23, 2009 GMT - 23.09.09 BREAKING NEWS
YUUUUHHHUUHUUHHU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! today jane got her visa for EU !!!!! we'll be staying 1 more week in georgia, then 2 weeks in turkey and enter EU on the 15th of october!!! we're celebrating right now!! cheers darius and jane...

September 06, 2009 GMT - GEORGIA 06.09.09 - 02.10.09
No problems at the Georgian border. I don’t need any visa and Jane is getting it for 20 Euro without any troubles. We’re heading straight for the capitol Tbilisi. Here we must endure much more bureaucracy and apply for the...

August 31, 2009 GMT - ARMENIA 30.08.09 - 06.09.09
We’re welcomed to Armenia by big bellied Russian soldiers in camo outfits. Later we’ll find out that, even independent, Armenia’s borders are heavily guarded by Russian Army. No one wants to know if we’re having any liquor on us this...

August 15, 2009 GMT - IRAN 13.08.09 - 30.08.09
The start of our Iran experience isn’t really as good as we’d expect it. After finishing our paperwork at the Pakistani side and saying good bye to our 10th country on this trip, we have to wait at the iron...

June 20, 2009 GMT - Pakistan 17.06.09 - 13.08.09
welcome to pakistan We have to face a final Indian obstacle before leaving – the incompetent Indian Customs. It takes several hours for the lady officer in charge to study our carnet de passage. She is trying to read and...

April 14, 2009 GMT - India 13.04.09 - 17.06.09
at the TAJ MAHAL Having a very early start we arrive at the border in Banbassa by 6AM. 50 meters behind Nepali Immigration office the tarmac ends giving way to rough gravel which reminds me of a riverbed… Mostly locals...

February 23, 2009 GMT - nepal 25.02.09 - 13.04.09
Unable to cross Burma or China with our bike we are forced to take a plane from Bangkok to Kathmandu. Instead of flying with Thai Airways, we’re challenging our luck and hitch a ride with the cheap Royal Nepal Airlines....

December 20, 2008 GMT - thailand 13.12.08 - 25.02.09
jane at work, hehehe... Fortunately we could score some work over Christmas and New Year but, all in all, there was only work for about 2 weeks. Now, several weeks later and still jobless, we decided to leave Thailand by...

December 20, 2008 GMT - cambodia 10.12.08 - 13.12.08
This time we're not riding for fun to Phnom Penh (well, also enjoying this one) but for a cause: a new visa for Thailand, which we're applying for at the Thai Embassy. Besides the visa reason, we also checking the...

November 05, 2008 GMT - Follow our trip
progress and planned route...

October 11, 2008 GMT - thailand 12.10.08 - 10.12.08
Entering Thailand without any problems, then riding up to Koh Chang, where we find ourselves working within 2 days. It's great, found a nice place to stay, good place to work and made some friends on the island. Our bike...

September 23, 2008 GMT - Cambodia 26.09.08 - 12.10.08
To be able to cross the border to Cambodia we have to wake up the customs officer first, who is sleeping deeply in his hammock attached to wooden shack called “Customs”. Against all my prejudices the guy obviously has an...

August 25, 2008 GMT - Laos 01.09.08 - 26.09.08
We land on the Lao side after half hour of terrific barge ride. Here the unloading procedure is the same as on the Thai side. That means for me to ride few meters through the Mekong and for Jane to...

July 21, 2008 GMT - thailand 22.06.08 - 01.09.08
All is done quickly at the Malaysian site of the border, Immigration and Customs, all in all maybe 15 Minutes. Quite a different story it is on the Thai side. We’re entering Thailand on a 2 months tourist visa but...

June 22, 2008 GMT - malaysia 27.05.08 - 22.06.08
Loosing 1 hour through the time difference between Indonesia and Malaysia plus loosing another half our due to belated arrival of our express boat gives us a tight schedule for picking up the motorbike. The bike was brought to Kuala...

May 27, 2008 GMT - indonesia 14.04.08 - 27.05.08
The last 6 weeks in Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak passed so quickly that we almost forgot about the validity of our visa for Indonesia… Now, we have to leave the lovely Kuching and head for the border. Thanks to our...

April 14, 2008 GMT - philippines, sabah, brunei, sarawak 16.02.08 - 14.04.08
well, well, well... after 5 years philippines and 1 year preparations we eventually are starting our RTW trip on february 16th 2008. It is February 16th, 2008, 5AM and we’re already up and hustling around the small house we’ve been...

 
 

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