Egyptian Border Salloum – Secret Police, Guns and Desperation

April 16, 2013 / Egypt, My category / 6 Comments /
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I haven’t posted this until I was far away enough from the country that it would have no negative impact on us at all.  What happened that day was sickening and possibly the scariest and most horrific experience I have ever been in.  I never want to ever be in that predicament again, nor do I wish for anyone else to be.  I hope our blog helps others in safely getting across the border…
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Motorcycle Luggage Review – Enduristan and Metal Mules

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So Sam and I are currently on our charity round the world motorcycle trip (Chasing Horizons – you can follow us daily on http://www.facebook.com/chasinghorizons!  Wheee!  Whilst we were planning it though we both had a maaaajor hard time figuring out what kind of luggage to take with us… soft… hard… which ones and why…!  We finally ended up with the below set up which as you will read is working out pretty mega for us both and hope that the following review and on going updates on their handling and capabilities will help others make decisions in the future for their own luggage solutions!

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Updates and Blogging Galore!

February 7, 2013 / My category / 1 Comment /

Tramps in trees, Sam being shot at, camels in trucks, kids with guns and the Spice Girls…just an idea of some of the stories in the below updates!

It’s been a long time coming but at least you now have reading material for a while whilst enjoying a few cups of tea and some dunking goodness!

Check out the new blogs below:

NORTH AFRICA:

Tunisia: Sfax – Insane Riding and Tramps in Trees
Tunisia: Sfax – Family Fun and Chickens the size of Children
Tunisia: Tozeur – Road Tripping
Tunisia: Tozeur – Star Wars and Sand People
Tunisia: Tozeur – Mos Espa Star Wars Set
Tunisia: Tozeur – Salt Pans, Star Wars, Sand Storms and Sleeplessness
Tunisia / Libya: Border Crossing and Cous Cous Kindness
Libya: Road Blocks, Bullet Riddled Cars and Explosions
Libya: Tripoli – Medina
Libya: Tripoli – Leptis Magna and Villa Selene
Libya: Tripoli to Egypt Crossing – Tanks, Kids with Guns and the Spice Girls

More to come as well as updates to galleries and other sections of the site :)

Keep Smiling people and catch you soon!

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Libya – Tanks, Kids with Guns and the Spice Girls!

January 29, 2013 / Libya / 0 Comments /

HEY hey KIDS! We’ve arrived just about safely in Alexandria, Egypt. We have had an incredibly eye opening and surreal journey through Libya and also at the border crossing.

Again, we cannot reinforce our thanks to family and friends old and new who have helped us through this leg of the journey! The care, concern and hospitality of everyone has been phenomenal! Thank you so much!

Libya was fantastic, we both cannot wait to return when it’s had a bit more time to settle and head to the Southern Deserts. It’s truly a stunning place and will be an up and coming area to visit in the future we have no doubt! GO LIBYA!
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Libya – Leptis Magna and Villa Selene

January 27, 2013 / Libya / 0 Comments /

Yesterday we took a day our to go on a bit of a tour to Leptis Magna and Villa Selene – Roman ruins an hour and a half out from the metropolitan city that is Tripoli.  Quite simple, the whole day was STUPENDOUS.  We have never experienced such beauty. It completely blew our minds. The size and scale of the ruins were just amazing… I was overwhelmed with the whole area and to think only 30% had been uncovered just made you jibber. I have no idea how the Romans managed to construct these places!

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We were fortunate to have a truly superb tour guide with us, Jamal, a local who’s passion is the history of Libya.  With astounding English he took his time to guide us around the sites answering all of our questions without hesitation and taking great pleasure at our exasperation in the sites.  The day itself was stunning too with eerie ghost-buster like clouds looming over us and the ruins.  Fortunately we only experienced a couple of down pours but nothing a shake of a leg and burst of sunshine didn’t dry off.

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I had so many moments of “wow”ness that it’s hard to pick any favourite areas but I think the two sections which had the most impact was the New Forum and Amphitheater.  The New Forum is just of a incomprehensible size.  It’s gigantic.  Jamal explained to us that what was still standing is only half the height of the original build… which when you took time to sit and take it all in left you stood gawping.  The amphitheater too was pretty much fully intact and blooming ENORMOUS!  You could run around the tunnels and see the exotic animal traps, all whilst you could hear the roar of the ocean just beyond.

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It was simply phenomenal.  Not only that but we were there for hours… absolutely hours… and in that time we only saw two very small families from a far.  The rest of the time we had the place entirely to ourselves.  Just a phenomenal experience.

Villa Selene too was just undeniably breath taking.  A small Roman Villa on it’s own private cove over looking the Mediterranean… it was a perfect harmonious place to be.  Built with such detail and attention the whole Villa is top to toe in delicate and awe-inspiring mosaics.  It’s nice to see too that the Romans had a sense of human with one mosaic depicting a story of two Pygmies trying to capture an alligator followed by another where the alligator had nommed one Pygmy and his mate was trying to pull his friend out from it’s jaws!  Funny expressions!

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When we stopped for lunch we met some wonderful locals and a lovely Australian lady who has been on the road with her husband now for years in an effort to raise monies for epilepsy and cancer for children.  How utter awesome is that? :)

All in all Libya has so far proven to be amazing.  Absolutely amazing.  We are loving every minute of it here, the places and people are just tremendous!  We both cannot wait to return when the times have settled a bit so we can visit the desert and oasis in the South!

Tomorrow we unfortunately have to leave which saddens us a little and also makes us a little nervous as we are heading away from the safety of Tripoli and into the zones which are a little bit dangerous.  Thankfully our friend Muhammad has arranged for our bikes to be put on a Libyan truck and covered for the trip meaning we will be much more inconspicuous and hopefully not draw so much attention. He has been an absolute star in helping us through this section and inspiring us with confidence – we cannot thank him enough!  Alongside our parents and friends who have remained in constant contact, thank you all again so so much :)  We will post again in the near future!

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