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Follow the transformation of a Volvo TGB 13 from cold-war-vehicle to all-terrain expedition style camper. The blog will be updated with our travel experiences from around the globe.

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Montenegro and more punctures!

Travels and Travel plans Posted on Thu, April 21, 2016 11:51:02

Vi kan mærke at vi
er kommet længere østpå, nu er vi bare endnu en gammel bil på vejen, så vi er
noget mere I fred her 🙂

MEN som altid i østlandende,
så blev vi vækket af en gut i en camouflage jakke, vi syntes ellers vi var
meget godt skjult, men han fandt os alligevel i mørket på sin knallert! Det var
mørkt og vi var lige gået i seng. Han fablede noget om at stedet var hans,
hvilket ikke virkede sandsynligt, så plaprede han noget om 20 EUR, Morten gav
ham hånden og sagde at så kører vi da bare, han sagde noget med restaurant og
gjorde tegn til at drikke, og så blev vi enige om at 0 EUR var bedre, vi gav
hinanden en high-five og han kørte igen…

Igen er der masser
af uspoleret natur, desværre er der også mange steder med meget affald, så vi
har nu haft punktering nr. 4+5! Alle sammen har der været søm i dækket 🙁

English:

We can
tell that we have come further east, now we are just another old car on the
road and are beeing let alone 🙂

BUT as
always in the Eastern Europe, a guy in camouflage waked us up, we thought we
were well hidden, but he somehow found us in the dark on his moped. We had just
gone to bed when he came, he said something about that this was his property ,
which didn’t seem right, then he talked about 20 EUR, Morten shook his hand and
said that we would just drive away then. He said something about a restaurant
and made a hand gesture as he wanted to drink, we agreed on 0 EUR and he gave
me a high-five and drove off…

Again
there is a lot of unspoiled nature, but also a lot of garbage, so we had
puncture number 4+5! &/#¤!!

They
have all been because of nails…



Deja-Vu!

Travels and Travel plans Posted on Thu, April 21, 2016 11:23:30

Vi er kommet til Marokko, udbrød Lisa tørt da vi havde kørt nogle få km i Albanien. Og ja, efter at have erklæret
Europa en smule forudsigeligt og kedeligt, så virkede Albanien lidt som
Marokko. Gamle Mercedeser, en umiskendlig lugt af affald, husdyr og bål, samt
temmelig mange mennesker og dyr på vejene.

Den sydlige del af
Albanien byder på utrolig smuk natur. Vi tog en gåtur i Vlorë, hvor Lisa ville
købe en taske, i forretningen mødte vi Visa på 23. Hun var meget interesseret i
hvad vi var for nogle folk og hvordan Danmark virkede, det gjorde indtryk at
høre hendes historie og om hvor fattigt landet er. Hun fortalte at hun drømmer
om at få råd til at flygte illegalt til England, måske gemt i et bagagerum. Det
er svært at forstå for et par forkælede Danskere som os at man kan have det
sådan med sit land.

Der er mange
bunkers gemt i landskabet rundt omkring, denne var ved vores overnatningsted på
Mount Cika i 1100 meters højde, skøn udsigt.

English:

We are
back in Morocco, was Lisas comment when we had driven a few kms in Albania. And
yes, after we have declared Europe a bit too predictable and boring, then
Albania reminds us a little about Morocco. Old Mercedes cars, a distinct smell
of garbage, animals and fire, plus a lot of people and animals on the roads.

The
southern part is very beautiful. We took a walk in Vlorë, where Lisa wanted to
buy a handbag. In the store we met a 23 year old girl, Visa, she was very
interested in us and Denmark, and it was touching to hear her story about how
poor the country is. She told us that she is dreaming of fleeing to England,
maybe hidden in a trunk of a car, to start a new life. It’s hard to understand
for two spoiled Danes…

There is
a lot of bunkers hidden in the landscape, this one was at our wildcamp site on
Mount Cika in 1100 m altitude, beautiful view.



Greece

Travels and Travel plans Posted on Thu, April 21, 2016 11:00:23

Grækenland har
masser af flot natur og lækre sandstrande med azurblåt vand. Vi gik lidt rundt
i Igoumenitsa og fik selvfølgelig Ouzo, Tzatziki og Gyros 🙂

Da vi kom tilbage
til bilen stod der en gut og kiggede, han spurgte om han måtte se den
indvendig. Det viste sig at han var på udkig efter en rejsebil og den faldt
lige i hans smag. Han spurgte om vi ville med hjem til hans familie og spise,
desværre havde vi lige spist, men det kunne da være hyggeligt at få et glas
friskpresset limonade. Vi sprang ind i
hans bil og 5 min efter var vi hjemme ved dem, Christof og Sara havde lige fået
en lille søn, Nicholas. Det viste sig at de er nogle utrolig rare mennesker,
med en dårlig hørelse, så vi endte alligevel med at spise aftensmad ved dem 🙂
Vi fik vendt og drejet hele verdenssituationen, det virker ikke som Grækenland
er helt vilde med Merkel og EU…

Da vi kørte derfra
var der desværre en turistbus der havde valgt at dobbeltparkere bag os og
Morten overså dens sidespejl da det er så højt monteret at det ikke er at se i
Volvoen spejle. Når plastik møder Volvo, så taber plastik! Det resulterede i en
arrig chauffør og et opkald til Politiet som optog rapport. Vi fik at vide at
vi skulle møde op på politistationen næste morgen.

Christof og Sara
havde givet os anvisninger til en lille bitte strand ca. 30 km sydpå. Den var
svær at finde, vi masede Viola gennem et lille hul i et hegn og kørte meget
stejlt ned gennem en olivenlund, inden vi kom til stranden. Den lå utrolig
smukt i en bugt med bjerge på begge sider og var fuldstændig ugenert.

Næste dag kørte vi
til politistationen, men de forklarede os at det da ville tage mindst 3 dage at
renskrive rapporten! Heldigvis fik vi dem overbevist om at sende den til os på
mail.

English:

Greece
has a lot of beautiful nature and nice beaches with blue water. We wandered around
In Igoumenitsa and of course we had Ouzo, Tzatziki and Gyros 🙂

As we
came back to the car, a guy asked if he could see the inside. He told us that
he was looking for an adventure truck and it was just like he wanted it. He
asked if we would join him and his family for dinner, unfortunately we just had
dinner, but we agreed that it would be nice with a glass of fresh lemonade.
We got into his car and 5 min. later we
stopped at their place. Christof and Sara just had a little boy, Nicholas. It
only took a few minutes to realize that they are really nice people, but
hearing impaired, so we ended up having dinner with them 🙂

When we
left, a tourist bus had doubleparked behind us, Morten didn’t see its mirror as
it was mounted to high to bee seen in the Volvos mirrors. When plastic meets
Volvo, plastic looses! It resulted in an angry bus driver and a call to the
Police. They wrote a report and told us to meet at the Police station the
following morning.

Christof
and Sara gave us directions to a beach, 30 kms south. It was hard to find, we
squeezed Viola through a small gap in the bushes and drove down a steep slope
between olive trees, but there it was. Small and intimate, in a bay with
mountains on both sides.

The next
day we drove to the Policestation, they told us that it would take at least 3
days to type in the report! Luckily we convinced them to send it by mail.



Ferry go round

Travels and Travel plans Posted on Sun, April 17, 2016 05:18:51

På vej med færgen til Igoumenitsa i Grækenland. Pengene skal helst slå til, så vi var nærrige og betalte ikke for en kabine. Det kommer så nok til at koste det samme ved kiropraktoren!

10 timer er længe på en stol…

I havnen i Bari var vraget af en færge der brændte i 2014, Norman Atlantic det var ikke verdens bedste godnatlæsning at Google historien om den og Ms Estonia…

English:

On the ferry to Igoumenitsa, Greece.. We needed the money for the rest of the trip, so we didn’t pay for a cabin, we might end up using the money on a chiropractor instead…

In the harbor in Bari there was a burnt out ferry, the Norman Atlantic, it wasn’t exactly good night reading to Google it and the MS Estonia!



The shower!

Travels and Travel plans Posted on Sat, April 16, 2016 21:47:30

Truck Stops er
udemærkede steder at få et varmt bad, dog blev det hele en smule mærkeligt
denne gang! Morten gik hen til kassen, men han forstod ikke Engelsk, dog lykkedes
det at forklare ham at jeg skulle bruge et douche. Han råbte et eller
andet til sin kollega og alle vendte sig
om og kiggede på mig. Kollegaen smilede skævt med sit lidt for perfekte
halvlange hår, lidt for stramme skjorte og sine diamantøreringe og vimsede så
af sted og bedte mig komme med! Han viste mig ind i brusekabinen og bad mig
tænde for vandet mens han rodede med en boks. Så bad ham mig tage tøjet af så
han kunne starte det varme vand… Vi blev enige om at jeg lige lukkede døren og
så bankede på den når jeg var klar til at bade – alene!

English:

Truck
Stops are usually ok places to get a hot shower, but this time it got a bit awkward!
Morten asked at the counter, but he didn’t
understand English, at the end he did understand that I wanted a douche.
He yelled something at his college and everybody turned around and looked at
me. The guy had a strange smile on his face and with his too perfect half-long
hair, too tight shirt and his diamond-earrings he cat-walked in front of me and
told me to come! He showed me the shower and asked me to turn on the water
while he messed with some box. Then he asked me to take my clothes off so he
could turn on the hot water… We agreed upon that I closed the door and knocked
on it when I was ready to shower – alone!



Run flat tires!

Travels and Travel plans Posted on Sat, April 16, 2016 21:43:53

Vi er aldrig
nogensinde punkteret på nogle af vores ture, hverken I Suzukien eller I Volvoen,
men nu lykkedes det os da at punktere for 3. gang på denne tur! Det koster i
øvrigt 10x så meget at få lappet et dæk i Italien som i Marokko…

English:

We never
had a flat before on our trips, not in the Suzuki and also never in the Volvo,
but now we got a puncture for the third time this trip! By the way it costs 10x
as much to get a tire fixed in Italy than in Morocco…


Nå men det var vel også noget at fejre…/Third time is the lucky number, so we celebrated!



Classic Car Race:

Travels and Travel plans Posted on Sat, April 16, 2016 21:30:04

På en tankstation
kom der en Italiensk skønhed trillende, med en endnu skønnere lyd af en
amerikansk V8! Det er en sjælden kombination, så vi måtte lige hen at hilse på
dem. Det var Lisa og hendes mand fra Florida, USA som havde fået fløjet bilen
herover fra staterne for at deltage i et Classic Car Race! Flinke mennesker med
en helt vildt flot Cunningham C-3 med 331 Hemi V8! Der er produceret 20 coupéer
og 5 cabrioleter af dem dengang i ’53-54
så den er pænt sjælden. Til gengæld for at vi tog billeder tog de nogle af
Volvoen, deres søn er nemlig vild med serien ”The Walking Dead” 🙂

De havde flere
biler og han genkendte med det samme den ’32 Ford Hotrod på Mortens Raredog
T-Shirt – sådan en havde de nemlig også 🙂

English:

On a
fuelstation a Italian beauty came driving, with the even more beautiful sound
of an American V8! It’s a rare combination, so we had to talk to them. It was
Lisa and her husband from Florida, USA, they had the car shipped by plane to
Italy to participate in a Classic Car Race. Nice people with a really nice
Cunningham C-3 with a 331 CUI Hemi V8! There was only 20 coupes and 5
convertibles made back in ’53-’54 so it is a pretty rare car. We took pictures
of their car and vice versa – their son is a fan of “The Walking Dead” series
🙂

They had
more cars and he immediately recognized the ’32 Ford Hotrod on Mortens Raredog T-Shirt

they have one just like it 🙂



Dannebrog and more zombies!

Travels and Travel plans Posted on Sat, April 16, 2016 21:14:36

Vi kørte ad nogle mindre veje og kom til en mindre provinsby ved navn
Amandona, pludselig vejrede
Dannebrog på mange bygninger og på begge sider af vejen?!

Vi parkerede og så
så et stort banner med teksten ”Vostrup Efterskole” Vi gik ind på en cafe og
forsøgte at spørge tjeneren som desværre ikke kunne engelsk, men så begyndte
det at vrimle med søvnige, zombie-agtige teenagere og vi spurgte dem hvad der
skete, det viste sig at Ringkøbing-Skjern og Amandona har et samarbejde og
besøger hinanden hvert år, så de skulle lave et show med musik og dans, da de
begyndte at ville forklare os hvad Stomp er, måtte vi liiiige forklare dem at
så gamle er vi sgu heller ikke!

English:

We were
driving along some small roads and came to a small city named Amandona,
suddenly the Danish flag was all over the place!

We
parked and saw a big banner with “Vostrup Efterskole” We went to a café and
tried to talk to the waiter, but he couldn’t speak English, but then sleepy,
zombie-like teenagers started to appear and we asked them what it was all about.
The answered that every year the two cities invited each other and they were
there to perform a dance and music show. When they started to explain us what
Stomp is, we had to remind them that we are not THAT old!



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