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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 ...
... we shuffled along behind the tourists and marvelled at one who could not resist touching all of the locks, door knobs and walls. The secret Annex seemed bigger than I would have pictured. Quotes from the diary covered the walls with some of the original entries in glass cases.
Had a feast at home and watch a Dutch Rom Com with Marcie (with english subtitles for my benefit).
... We waited in line for ages and finally we got called out of the line and directed somewhere else. We then went to security and waited in another long queue. We finally got to the check in gate and the plane had already began boarding. I went straight to sleep on the plane and woke up when we landed. Greg said he saw from the plane, what were obviously flower farms that were lit up (it was still dark outside.) We got off the plane and went ...
... a large display of both model ships and antique firearms, almost exclusively flintlock. These firearms ranged from about two inches in length for the “pocket” pistols, and up to three meters for the heavy barreled guns. Many were adorned in ivory or plated in a silver-colored metal.
The rest of our trip was spent returning our bikes, relaxing in the lobby of the hostel, and having a few brews in the bar. It was at the bar that I drank ...