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Old 02-28-2014, 08:22 PM   #151
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:23 PM   #152
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A dream come true. PATAGONIA.



As described by the book of Bruce Chatwin “PATAGONIA”, the name Patagonia comes from the nicknames given by Magellan’s crew to the native of this land. (The Tehuelche tribe). Magellan arrived in 1520 in Puerto San Julian. The crew called these people “Patagoni” which means big feet. The look of being big footed derived from wearing heavy furs to protect their feet from the rigid climate that is experienced on this part of the planet.

Matteo in Patagonia


We are crossing lands where nature’s strength is tangible. Even with this harsh climate and difficult landscape men-kind were able to start a life and build little villages here. Many of these places were reachable only by see. No possibilities of building any kinds of roads due to the complex land formation.

Route to the end of the world.



Typical Landscape



Only Augusto Pinochet in the 1980′s had the will and power to start building a road that would be known as Carretera Austral. The scope of this road was to unify Chile as a country and its path goes through many unbelievable scenery and landscapes. Many areas along the Carretera Austral have now turned into National Parks. Many Volcanos are present in this part of Chile. An example is the Volcano Chaiten that completely destroyed the village below in 2008.

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Old 03-08-2014, 02:29 PM   #153
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fantastic photography! beautiful. You guys are doing things right!
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:31 PM   #154
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:32 PM   #155
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fantastic photography! beautiful. You guys are doing things right!
Thanks. We loved your country. Great people. We will be back.
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:06 AM   #156
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3RD SEGMENT OF OUR TRIP AROUND THE WORLD. Tumaini Children Foundation. AFRICA.

AFRICA


We Can’t believe we are already looking into booking flights to Cape Town in South Africa. Our motorcycles are on the boat and they will arrive in a month from now. It seems like yesterday that i was packing my gear for what became the first segment of the trip around the world “From Italy to Mongolia”. I remember that in Greece, during that segment i was doubting myself that this dream of mine could become a reality. Three years later here we are. Still going. We went from Italy to Japan, crossing spectacular countries such as Uzbekistan and Mongolia, Then from the Canadian Arctic ocean to Ushuaia at the bottom of Argentina, crossing of course all beautiful Central America, and now the last but not least continent. AFRICA. So many expectations and hopes. Of course we will try to document as much as possible this truly magical journey that we are soon about to take. We don’t usually have a set itinerary when we travel but below is a rough estimate of our route.

After helping the children of “Kindergarden 58″ in Mongolia, The “Virgen de fatima” in Bolivia we are now trying to make a little difference to the children of the Tumaini children foundation in Arusha Tanzania. With your help, Matteo and myself, are hoping to replicate the success of the previous projects undertaken in the past.



TUMAINI CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

Tumaini Children’s Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organization dedicated to the care, support and education of orphaned and needy children in and around Usa River, Arusha, Tanzania. TUMAINI Children’s Foundation, or (TUCHIFO, – acronyms are VERY popular in Tanzania) has acquired its NGO registration (United Republic of Tanzania, Non-Governmental Organization Act, 2002, Section 12(2) of Act. No. 24 of 2002, Certificate No. 3232) and has received charitable registration approval from Revenue Canada. TUCHIFO has no religious affiliation, most simply put; the level of need dictates the level of assistance TUCHIFO provides.

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2008 it was ranked (based on 2006 stats) 162nd out of 177 countries on the UNDP Human Development Index. Canada was ranked #3. This index references quality of life, life expectancy, standards of living, education, etc. Malaria kills one in five Tanzanian children. The human decimation of HIV/AIDS has left a population of almost 50% children (under fourteen years of age). Less than 5% of children in Tanzania complete secondary school and many will not even finish their primary educations because of the cost. For one child to attend public school, (where classes approximate one hundred students per teacher and students attend without pens, pencils, paper, desks, etc.) a family must allocate the equivalent of almost $100 Cdn. per child to cover the cost of: watchman/water/school maintenance/desk $40; uniform shirts (2) $10; uniform skirt/trouser $10; uniform sweater $10, uniform shoes and polish $15, uniform socks $2, school book bag $5; exercise books $5. $100 equates to ¼ of the average annual household income of $395 Cdn. and is impossible for most families to commit to a child’s education. TUCHIFO’s objective is to acquire sponsorship for all of our children to attend non-government schools, where classes are closer to 30 students/teacher and children are taught English (public primary education is taught in Swahili), which they will require to continue in secondary school because that is taught in English. Lacking a fundamental understanding of English, both written and spoken is a serious impediment to educational advancement. Private school tuition averages Cdn. $600/year/child plus the cost of uniforms (Cdn. $50). “Our vision is to support our children through secondary and even post secondary education in order to give them the best chance at a full life.” Says Mrs Cherie Szucs, Founder of the Tumaini Children foundation.



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Old 12-29-2014, 11:57 AM   #158
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I really like This Photo.
Thanks. It was taken in Patagonia. Argentina. Pretty soon some great ones from Africa.
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:39 AM   #159
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South Africa

We Can’t believe we are already looking into booking flights to Cape Town in South Africa. Our motorcycles are on the boat and they will arrive in a month from now. It seems like yesterday that i was packing my gear for what became the first segment of the trip around the world “From Italy to Mongolia”. I remember that in Greece, during that segment i was doubting myself that this dream of mine could become a reality. Three years later here we are. Still going. We went from Italy to Japan, crossing spectacular countries such as Uzbekistan and Mongolia, Then from the Canadian Arctic ocean to Ushuaia at the bottom of Argentina, crossing of course all beautiful Central America, and now the last but not least continent. AFRICA. So many expectations and hopes. Of course we will try to document as much as possible this truly magical journey that we are soon about to take. We don’t usually have a set itinerary when we travel but below is a rough estimate of our route.


After helping the children of “Kindergarden 58″ in Mongolia, The “Virgen de fatima” in Bolivia we are now trying to make a little difference to the children of the Tumaini children foundation in Arusha Tanzania. With your help, Matteo and myself, are hoping to replicate the success of the previous projects undertaken in the past.

TUMAINI CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION


Tumaini Children’s Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organization dedicated to the care, support and education of orphaned and needy children in and around Usa River, Arusha, Tanzania. TUMAINI Children’s Foundation, or (TUCHIFO, – acronyms are VERY popular in Tanzania) has acquired its NGO registration (United Republic of Tanzania, Non-Governmental Organization Act, 2002, Section 12(2) of Act. No. 24 of 2002, Certificate No. 3232) and has received charitable registration approval from Revenue Canada. TUCHIFO has no religious affiliation, most simply put; the level of need dictates the level of assistance TUCHIFO provides.





Hello friends,family and followers. We have arrived in Capetown for a few days now and unfortunatly we weren’t able to pick up our bikes and start the adventure right away. It is a long story but hopefully this delay will not jeopardize our mission to help less fortunate children in this magnificent continent.

Matteo and myself always had positive attitude in our journey around the world and that has helped us in finding people always willing to help us whatever the situation might have been. In this respect we have to mention David and Jennifer. They are the owners of the B&B we are staying. They helped us maintaining our stress level to a minimum while we were trying to clear some bureaucratic procedure in town. Their house is warm and welcoming. If you visit the city in the future we highly recommend to stay at their place.

David and Jennifer with some friends welcoming us




David and Jennifer




At Home with Zorro,Perdy and Kylie



Another amazing person is Adrian. Adrian is the owner of ECONOTRANS which is the company we used to ship our motorcycles to South Africa. Adrian has helped us immensely. His expertise and know-how were crucial to our departure. Again, if anyone plans to ship their vehicle to South Africa to/from anywhere in the world, ECONOTRANS is the company to contact.


Adrian Schultz from Econotrans




Let’s not forget we are in a pretty special place full of culture and history so let’s go and explore as much as possible while we wait the permission to depart on our journey with our bikes toward Tanzania.
















You can’t be in Cape Town and don’t go visit Robben Island.


Robben Island is internationally known for the fact that Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. Robben Island is both a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Panorama Of Cape town.



Political leaders that were in prison in Robben Island. Mandela is the second from left



Political prisoners going back home after being released at the end of apartheid.


Nelson Mandela cell





Matteo in Nelson Mandela cell.







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Namibia

Namibia

Left Cape town early in the morning in order to reach Namibia as soon as possible and make up for the lost time clearing our bikes into South Africa. Cape Town is about 800 KM to the Namibian border. The procedure to clear the bikes out of South Africa was pretty simple procedure but still required a couple of hours waiting at the border. Entering into Namibia was a piece of cake in comparison. All we needed to do was registered with immigration and pay a road tax in the amount of $ 22 per bike. That is it. The simpler border crossing we ever encounter since our departure from this trip around the world.



Our first impression about Namibia is a bare and dry deserted country resembling Turkmenistan. We decide to go visit the FISH RIVER CANYON, which is known to be the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the USA.

Fish River Canyon




Oryx






Namibia is the first country where we feel we are in Africa. The landscape, color, people are magical. South Africa was great but we did not have a chance to visit the way we wanted to. What we visited did not transport us in Africa as the country is very westernized. Cape Town especially.

The trails we choose to do with our motorcycles are a dream come true. They are large bare and dry.









Last night we decided to camp in the desert. The plan is to go to bed very early as we have to make some time to get back on our schedule.

We wake up after an amazing night under the stars and get ourselves together for what will be a long day riding through Namibia. Not much to share other than showing some photos of the day. Drove for about 8 hours in a unbearable heat.























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Immages from Namibia

Some images about our itinerary of the last couple of days. From the Skeleton Coast to the northern region of Namibia, also known as the Damara land. We are really close to Angola and starting to cross Africa from West to East.













Salt Road on the Skeleton Coast


Sea Lion colony at Cape Cross





Our first encounter with a HIMBA Woman


Our Camp site in the Namibian bush.








Herero Children




Damara woman




Typical scenery from Damara land







Angolan fishing vessel sank on the Skeleton Coast




Namib Desert
























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Leaving beautiful Namibia

As usual we wake up early to start traveling with cooler temperature of the morning. Around noon the temperature can easily reach 35 to 39 degree celsius so making some Kilometers in the early mornings is a must. The road we follow is between the atlantic coast of Namibia (Namib Desert) and the Kalahari Desert. traveling on this road is not easy with these temperatures. The Kalahari desert is known to be the second most dry desert in the world after the Atacama desert in Chile. The roads are mostly gravel roads and can be very dusty making our day driving not an easy task.





Our destination for the day is the Skeleton coast, where the desert meets the Atlantic ocean. (Dorob National Park). We follow the only coastal road heading north and it seems to be riding on the moon. There is absolutely no one around us and the landscape is magical.



It is time to head east as the itinerary for us is still very long. The fact that Matteo and myself always choose to drive on secondary roads instead of major ones, it gives us the opportunity to have direct contact with local tribes that are still living in this area maintaining their traditions. Some example we found were the Himba women, which are known to apply a mix of red clay, butter, and wild grass to make their skin look of rusty color. On the other hand the Herero women are dressed with clothes that take their influence from German missionaries that were in the area during the Victorian age.



To our eyes the way of life they lead has not changed in centuries which makes our experience so much more true and exiting.



The only cheap way of accommodation in this region is for us to camp in the bush. A great feeling in a magical scenery if it wasn’t for the constant fear to be in the path of elephants and risking for them to step on our tent while we are sleeping.

WHICH OF THE TWO ARE MORE DANGEROUS IN YOUR MIND ???




As we move closer to the middle of the country the vegetation is changing from truly a desert surrounding to a more lush environment. We are now following the border with Angola toward Oshakati. The goal is to approach as quickly as possible a region known as the Caprivi Strip. We drive along side the river Okavango that makes this land full of fauna and vegetation.







Many are the beauties and attraction of this country but the warmth of the people is what touched us the most. The kids are always surrounding us as soon as they have a chance. They are always ready to wave at us while we ride by their villages giving us the most amazing smiles.











We are somewhat sad to leave Namibia so soon. We both know that some day we will be back. Truly an amazing country. Now Zambia is waiting for us and the expectations and excitement on our side is high.... but also the unknown………













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Zambia



Traveling through Africa on a motorcycle it has been defiantly challenging but the emotions you get are immense. It is probably the most challenging ride so far since we started this crazy project to help less fortunate children around the entire world. The good chemistry between Matteo and myself made the emotions take over the difficulties. We left beautiful Namibia from Katina Mulilo border and entered Zambia on the other side of the Zambezi River.



After a long bureaucratic procedure at the border we start riding toward Livingston. We arrive in the evening and we find a charming room at the guesthouse named ZigZag. You can’t be in Livingston and don’t take some time to visit one of the seven wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls. In the morning I can’t believe that our behinds were actually sitting in a car. Boy did it feel good. The taxi driver takes us at the entrance of the park where this magic of the world is waiting for us. We are now in the low season and we are literally the only people around. What a beautiful way to see this place. Completely alone.











Next few days we are traveling slowly due to the not great road condition toward Malawi. Here are some photos of our journey. Zambia has so many places to visit. Especially to the north. Our bikes have already performed well and we do not want to push them to the limit. The parks where it is possible to encounter Wilde life are few hundreds kilometers from our itinerary which is along the Great East Road. Most of all in order to reach them we have to take secondary roads in terrible shape so it is a no go. Still too many kilometers to go in order to reach Italy…….We, therefore try to use the best roads available to us in direction to Malawi. The people we encounter on the road are welcoming and we wish we could visit Zambia a little longer. Zambia has been independent for 50 years and its full of different ethnic groups. Despite that peace has been in this country ever since its independence.

























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