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Turkey – Istanbul, Dogbiscuit, Some Raki, And A Genius Idea

Turkey – Istanbul, Dogbiscuit, Some Raki, And A Genius Idea

We rolled over the border into Turkey, to great amusement for the Turkish border guards. My Iranian helpers disappeared in a flash. Most probably because they managed to break my number plate while pushing Boris over the border. Huseyn the friendly border guard (who just happened to of studied in London and spoke English) helped me sort out my car. In the end I just left in at the border, 100m from Iran. While I waited for a ride into...

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Disaster Strikes in Iran, The Nightmare before Xmas (in Zahedan) & The 6 Disciples of Boris

Disaster Strikes in Iran, The Nightmare before Xmas (in Zahedan) & The 6 Disciples of Boris

I received a friendly welcome from the Iranian border guards and was directed towards immigration and customs. They took my paperwork and told me to sit and wait. 2 hours later I was free to go. Well, free to go with an escort. They weren’t over just yet. Baluchistan is a troublesome area in the region and it runs across both Pakistan and Iran. I wasn’t going to escape my escorts until somewhere after Bam. I hoped that I would...

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Dharamsala & Amritsar – Crazy Borders, Spiritual Hills & Golden Temples

Dharamsala & Amritsar – Crazy Borders, Spiritual Hills & Golden Temples

It was another beautiful sunny start to the morning drive, west towards Dharamsala. Along the way I stopped at Bir. This is a famous location for the paragliding fraternity. As I got closer to the drop zone I could see hundreds of paragliders up in the sky. I stopped to watch as they were returning from their morning flights. Many had been up in the air for over 5 hours. The first people I chatted to were Kat and Brian, a couple of Kiwis...

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Singapore – Big City, Bright Lights and Big Nights

Singapore – Big City, Bright Lights and Big Nights

I landed at Changi Airport in Singapore on time and was looking for a quick exit. With a little luck I’d make it into town to catch the second half of the AB’s v Aussie rugby match. If there was one airport in the world you would pick to be fast, it’s Changi Airport. I can say without doubt this is the best airport in the world. Unfortunately the speed process gods were against me just when I needed them most. Suffice to...

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Malaysia – A Race, A Game, A Birthday And A Boat

Malaysia – A Race, A Game, A Birthday And A Boat

Exiting Thailand was really easy. Entering Malaysia was just about as simple. A small fee (3.80 Ringgit) and a stamp of the passport was step one. Easy. A visit to the immigration inspection booth lead me to the office of the head honcho to get my carnet de passage (Boris’ passport) stamped and I was in. Easy. I was aware I need some 3rd party car insurance. They were 100 metres past the entrance. A small fee for one month and I was...

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Hello India – Leg 4 begins

Hello India – Leg 4 begins

Hello India, It’s great to be back!! After an extended stay in Singapore (waiting for my delayed vessel to leave Port Klang) I flew back to Kuala Lumpur to collect my shipping documents, and then onto Kolkata on Tuesday. It was a great few weeks relaxing but I’ve been getting itchy feet waiting to get back on the road. I’m now in central Kolkata and have begun the process of arranging for Boris’ container to clear...

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