Category: Travel reports

Up and down – high and low….

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…from Argentina via Chile to Bolivia

On New Year’s Day, we all set off together – i.e. the whole Panamericana group – towards the Pacific. For this day, the route was set and we – Chantal and I (Tom) – had almost no other choice. Our common destination for the day was east of the “Paso Agua Negra”, where we settled down for the coming night at an accommodation of an Argentinean mountaineering club at 3’000 metres; so to speak as acclimatisation for the coming day. Read More

From zero to 4800 and back to zero

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The Fitz Roy (granite mountain) waved goodbye to us a little bashfully and soon it disappeared in our rear-view mirror. For us, as well as the whole group, we continued northwards on the “Panamericana”. Whether it really is this dream road or not is beyond my knowledge. Here in southern America, people argue about strange things, e.g. who invented pisco (brandy) or where exactly the potato comes from. It’s no different with the “Panamericana”; every country thinks it has the original. Read More

Over Tierra del Fuego to the slopes of Fitz Roy

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The first border crossing on our journey south gave us all – the whole group – a bit of a “stomach ache”, and it was with some uncertainty that we headed for the border post. After leaving Argentina, we entered Chile with a procedure that has long been a thing of the past on the European mainland. But, the Chileans were also kind to us and with the help of our tour guides, it was no witchcraft in retrospect. From then on, we changed the border between Argentina and Chile more and more often and with the composure we had acquired, we headed for the respective border posts. Sometimes it was really easy, at other crossings the guardians of the respective nations looked very closely and it took a good 3 hours – without batting an eyelid – until all papers and checks were done. Read More

Going to Argentina

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We had to be patient for a long time; now the day had finally come when we had to say goodbye to all our family and friends for a longer period of time. For us personally, something “tangible” was finally moving again and the next big adventure was within reach. After more than 4 years of travelling “on our own”, we will join a guided group through South America to experience the Panamericana. This time we preferred the safety of a group to the absolute thrill. After the two years with Covid, we are looking at things a bit more soberly and don’t want to be exposed to the arbitrariness of the authorities somewhere alone. Read More

Flying visit

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After the many conversions, modifications and repairs, the short trip to England was a good test to see if everything is really as we plan it. During the few thousand kilometres, certain shortcomings or miscalculations will certainly present themselves and allow us to make the final adjustments. Read More

Home holidays

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At the end of April, i.e. during our journey home from Spain to Switzerland, we were already planning our onward journey to Ireland and England. During our short stay in Switzerland, we planned to do some work and changes to the living quarters of our camper. The short time would have been enough for that. With a lot of confidence, we headed for our temporary domicile in Alain’s shared flat. But things turned out differently than we had hoped: Read More

Final sprint home….

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Madrid – Andorra – France – Switzerland
We enjoyed the last evening in Madrid with a fine wine, drew another straight line on the electronic map in the direction of Andorra and were already dreaming of the further eventful paths and tracks off the tarmac. Others drive as fast as possible, we will look for the straightest way and thus venture into somewhat more unknown areas. Read More

On the way home…

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….from Huelva via Portugal to Madrid
The April weather had already caught up with us when we docked at the ferry; the clouds hung low and a few raindrops slapped on the windscreen. Well, there would be no pleasant warmth and sunshine in southern Spain and Portugal. Although the weather forecasts predicted rather wet days, we ventured “cross-country” in the direction of Portugal. Read More