All posts under Africa 2010

Cairo

So I got as far as the Pyramids! Sorry I didn’t make more of an effort with the appearance….. 4 hours riding in 40 degrees with a jacket on, and the last 30 minutes was in traffic. Just a catch up for the past few days. Firstly: the ferry, 4[…]

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Alexandria

Hi just a quick line to let you all know that I’m now officially in Africa. …and another few lines to tell you: Yesterday, we pulled in to Alex at 2pm… spent 4 hours in customs being issued visas, insurance, driver’s license, number-plates and everything else… all in the baking[…]

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Egypt?!

Ok not yet, but give me 4 days and a day of Visa processing and I’ll be riding my trusty little bike in the Middle East/Africa. Today, Ed and I have been walking the alleyways of Venice and doing all the usual tourist things of photographing gondolas and posing on[…]

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Bologna, Italy

Well hi there, we’re in Bologna, Italy! So we’ve finally left Spain which is much to the scepticism of some that this trip was about crossing Africa.  Our stay in Barcelona was a blast, and while I was on the ferry trying to piece together in my diary what I[…]

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Barcelona

I’m currently in Barcelona. Ed and I arrived yesterday in the afternoon from Barbastro,  I have since bought myself a mobile phone with the intent of getting it unlocked, so I can use it in Africa; however, after buying it and taking it to be unlocked, I’ve been informed it’s[…]

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Barbastro

Hey hey! Ed are on our first night away from the warm embrace of my Spanish family, and currently a day’s ride away from Barcelona. We left Lodosa this morning and rode idly down tertiary roads all the way to Barbastro, which is a nice little city (much to our surprise).[…]

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Catch-up!

Hi! I’ve been struggling to write anything when I’ve had the opportunity to get online (mostly due to the hectic family crisii that seem to occur every time I get my head down to concentrate). Suffice to say, I’m now writing this all elsewhere with the intent of pasting it[…]

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Trip Video

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwZewjGWajI Here’s the long awaited vid.. .I doubt very much we’ll publish any more until we get back. However, this was just an experiment. Enjoy!

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Covaleda!

Hi hi! After a difficult night the night before departure with nerves we left at 7am and headed off to Portsmouth with Mum and a sack of food. We made good time, had plenty of time to kick around. Ferry set off all on good time, but soon we realized[…]

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…and we’re off!

Hi all! In less than 12 hours time, Ed and I will head down to Portsmouth to commence our 4-6 month trip through Africa. We’ll board our trusty Brittany Ferry ship (Port Avon) and head down to Santander from which we will head back to my family village of Covaleda.[…]

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6 Days and Counting!

Well it’s been all a bit hectic! I’ve been to Spain (on holiday), I’ve moved home. I’ve had to try and sort out all my inoculations and above all work a job. There has been some huge hiccups on the way: removal people refused to do the job in full, my driver’s license[…]

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37 days to go… Rabies, IDP, and no bike!!!

Hey hey there! Well, Ed left yesterday after spending the past 4 days down here tinkering with the DRZ. So far the bike is in great shape (for a unicycle). The forks are off and up in the Wirral at the moment. I have just collected my viles of rabipur[…]

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30 and beyond!

Well, I’m now passed that line of 30, scary. In other news, I’m in the process of buying a new home (as you do), packing up to move and packing to go to Africa at the same time is pure lunacy. I have consistently been spending waaaayy too much lately.

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Innoculated and Ferry

Hey hey!! God, this trip is almost imminent. I am just writing a line or 2 to tell you that last night we booked the ferry (in unison) to cross to Alexandria from Venice on the 23rd … it’s a 4 day cruise and cost us €412.05… woot woot! (i’m sure[…]

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So just over 2 months to go….

Right, I guess I should mention a few things. We’re leaving for Africa. We will be leaving soon. Scary scary scary. Oh, and so my carnet application went bad. My bank Lloyds TSB rejected my guarantee, which is ironic since their slogan “for the journey” doesn’t stand up to much[…]

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