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Three months ago we purchased our Impreza. And now, after many, many hours of preparation we are finally about to start the Amsterdam-Dakar challenge!
Today we did the final preparations. We put stickers on the car, provided to us by company M. de Held & Zonen. Looks really good in our opinion! The rest of the day we used to pack our luggage, do grocery shopping and put everything in the car.
Dakar, here we come!!
Saturday, 8th of November 2014
After we decided to participate in the Amsterdam-Dakar challenge, the first thing to do was to find a suitable car. The rules are clear: the car may not cost more than EUR 500, which obviously is not a lot of money for a car, especially when it has to be strong enough to drive more than 7100km out of which more than half through the difficult terrain of the Sahara desert.
Some searching ...
... hills have been terraced with high walls. Took to the water this morning for a delightful scenic cruise past fortified towns and leafy vineyards. Passed the twin strongholds of the ‘Enemy Brothers’, the Cat and Mouse castles and heared the legend of the Loreley Rock. Disembarked in the quaint wine village of Boppard. Boppard is an ancient city with Roman artifacts and ancient walls. Continued on via Bonn towards Cologne, ...
... 5 Sep 14 - Overcast and misty with a forecast of rain and none of us felt like battling the crowds or the footpaths so we decided to do another trip to the country. This time we headed west to Zandvoort aan Zee to see the seaside by train.
While it was a pleasant sojourn, the scenery and the experience did not match the visit to the wetlands and harbours yesterday. It did not have the postcard factor so it was a little disappointing but everything is ...
... Frank Foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block.
We continued our lessons on Dutch tolerance stopping at a local "coffee shop" (called Paradox with the owner: Ludo) to learn about this nation's creative, pragmatic approach to drug policy.
This afternoon, armed with our Netherlands Museum Card, we had the rest of the day free to tackle any number of Amsterdam's wonderful museums.