The Mugger's Dream

Trip Start Feb 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 07, 2006

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Friday, January 20, 2006

** The Mugger's Dream

Deciding what to take with you on a big trip is always a tough call. Especially for me...

Yes, I confess, I'm a gadget nut... on my last trip I managed to piece together a nice little kit which included a small digital camera, an SLR camera and a tiny fold out keyboard with a palm pilot to type up my TravelPod entries from.

It wasn't ideal but it worked.

This time, it's getting a little extreme. For various reasons, including needing to stay tied into TravelPod while I travel, the kit has gotten much more complicated.

We're calling our travel gear "The Muggers Dream" for obvious reasons.

Luc's Kit:
- Compact Sony Digital Camera ( Useful for taking pics when an SLR is just too bulky to take out )

- Canon Digital SLR ( We're photography hobbyists, an SLR is definitely needed )

- Small Sony Laptop ( For staying updated with the TravelPod team and various other things )

- Razr Mobile Phone ( To send photos to TravelPod in real time, ie: MoBlog )

Andrea's Kit:
- Nikon Digital SLR ( So that we can compete as to who has the better camera, Nikon or Canon :) ).

Yes, we know, we'll have more on our backs than an average South American's lifetime income but there was reason to the madness. Each little trinket had its reason.

It's almost a game... The "How long will Luc and Andrea go without being mugged" game.

A game we're hoping to win but based on stories we hear from friends about crime in South America, we're not holding our breath.

We've done our best to cleverly conceal our goodies in day packs which don't scream "MUG ME PLEASE!".

Included are some photos with this entry which we may later need for insurance purposes, have a look.

** MoBlog This!

If you're not familiar with the term, MoBlogging means "Blogging from your Mobile" and it's a new feature on TravelPod. So, it just wouldn't make much sense for the founder to travel without MoBlogging on TP now would it! Plus, it's another good excuse to bring along another gadget, a snazzy camera phone :).

Luckily, I didn't have to spring for a new phone. Our partners at Telestial, a company who rents and sells mobile phones and SIMS specifically to travelers, were kind enough to send me a cool new phone a handful of SIM cards and some other goodies.

Unfortunately, apparently South America is just about the most complicated region to use a mobile phone in.

I've spent at least 15 hours now and I have to admit that I still don't fully understand which SIM does what and how I'm going to send photos from my phone in Brazil to TravelPod.

I'm still waiting for a call back from my Mobile provider so hopefully I'll have it figured out in the next week. The idea of sending Videos and Photos directly from my phone to TravelPod is pretty cool and would save tons of time in the Internet Cafes.

More updates to come!
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