Two nice advertisings for Land Rover: we love the Landie made of visas stamps :)
During the 370 days of our journey Overland from New Zealand to France, we drove 55 000 km through 24 countries and 3 continents. Because an image is worth a thousand words, here are a few statistics of our journey: where we spent the most time, how many nights we slept in the car vs. in a hotel, etc. Sorry guys it is in French!
Each day, the Indo-Pakistani border of Wagah-Attari, Punjab, gathers hundreds of persons for a very special ceremony. During the day, immigration and customs officers fulfill their duties, like everywhere in the world. But when comes the closing time, around 4:30pm, crowds gather on each side for a unique event.
We just wanted to say Hi! from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India. Covered with gold, the temple lies in the heart of a fountain, within white-marble walls. It is the most venered place for the Sikhs, as it hosts the book in which they find all their knowledge and beliefs. A lot of pilgrims come here every day. It is possible to sleep there, and even to eat for free… if you help washing the dishes in return :)
Dear fellow Overlanders, we like to share a good camping spot in Jaisalmer, India. The place is called Driver Rest House. It is located opposite to the Fifu Hotel (just follow the directions to the Fifu, and you’ll see the sign for the Driver Rest House, just on the other side of the road). Drivers of touristic vehicles stay here for the night: they have a few basic rooms, but you can park the car here, and use the toilet facilities. The owner is very nice :)
Tonight was a special night: we went to the fun fair with some friends. But careful, we’re dealing with a real fun fair, with crazy old-style roller-coasters, shooting stands and a lot of music! We had a lot of fun, and here are the pics and a short video :)
This week end, we have had the chance to meet the biggest flower in the World, the Rafflesia. Named after the founder of Singapore and the Raffles hotels (among other things), it only flowers a few days before dying, and it takes it 9 months to reach its adult shape. We haven’t experienced it, but it seems this plant smells like flesh, which attracts flies, a much needed way of transport for its pollen.
It is so hot in Malaysia! It only took us a few days to get back our old habits. Michael is working on the 4×4, reducing the weight by getting rid of a layer of wood ; in the office with air con, I’m working on envolemoi and some project management, like finding a boat for India. Last minute: Michael just got rid of most of the wood, and… it is full of ants! Well done honey :)