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    • Day1

      Ich heb ab...

      January 31, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

      ...wobei, bis wir losflogen hat es erst ein Weilchen gedauert. Nach eigenen Minuten aus dem Fenster schauen war ich sehr verwundert, so viel Schnee in den Bayerischen Voralpen zu sehen. Zwischen einigen Wolken konnte ich dann irgendwann orten, wo wir sind - über dem Inntal und dann über dem Brenner. Am Horizont sah man bis zu den hohen italienischen und französischen Gipfeln. Nach einer guten Stunde, um 13.15h, war der erste Flug auch schon vorbei und wir standen planlos in Rom. Naja, nicht direkt, sondern mit den Öffentlichen etwa eine Stunde davon entfernt. Zwar lagen acht Stunden Aufenthalt vor uns, aber aufgrund vielseitiger Einwände ;) wollten wir nicht den nächsten Flug riskieren. Also ging es zu Fuß entlang und manchmal auf der Straße, bis wir in das eher ausgestorbene Meerörtchen Fiumicino kamen. In treuer Begleitung meiner erfolgreich durch die Kontrollen geschmuggelten Geige begutachteten wir die vielen verreckenden Fische am Hafen. Geschockt waren wir von den einigen Hakenkreuzen, die wir an Parkbänken und Hauswänden finden konnten... Dann ein Abstecher in den örtlichen Supermarkt und in einen Eineuroshop, um uns aufzuwärmen, anschließend im Sonnenuntergang wieder Richtung Flughafen, wo wir noch die restlichen zwei Stunden vertrieben. Der zweite Flug! Wieder war es keine Super Constellation. Dafür aber ziemlich heiß, zumindest die erste halbe Stunde, bis wir abhoben. Mein Handy ist inzwischen auf Spanisch eingestellt. Ich war euphorisch, dass es den Film Free Solo gab, aber danach wollte die Zeit einfach nicht vergehen. Kurzzeitig träumte ich anscheindend, dass der Flug nur noch viereinhalb Stunden dauert. Blöd, wenn man dann feststellt, dass man zwar schon sechs Stunden in der Luft ist, aber trotzdem noch acht Stunden in dieser Sardinenbüchse vor sich hat. Und das umzingelt von Leuten mit Mundschutzen, die sowieso nichts bringen... Ich denke, drei Stunden Schlaf werde ich schon abbekommen haben, bevor das Licht wieder anging.Read more


      Ein Corona, extra auf dich, Lina! Viel Spaß!

    • Day17

      Feet up in Orán

      February 10, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      It was a long and intriguing day.
      Started with a wait for our friendly and comforting host at the front of the Sheraton Hotel of Oran. Who than brought us as quickly as possible to a telephone shop so we could, as modern people need, buy a simcard to communicate with the world again. Even navigation was a problem without!
      The traffic is ..let's put it easy.. another thing.
      It's a chaos but manageable. Now.
      We will see tomorrow as we leave for Tlemcen.
      We have been in the city of Oran and have been in the caring hands of Moussa, a cousin of Chafik, a man who witnessed the grow of the intention of this journey and the creation of Lieske during almost a year, only by messenger and Facebook, and I would love to visit and thank for all he did to make us believe in this.
      We were the only tourists in this city. So guess how surprised people are.
      Lieske is as always the showgirl.
      Many beeps, horns and thumbs-up. Selfies and pictures.
      At this moment. Lieske sleeps in a underground garage, and we are 6 high in a apartment, somewere in Orán.
      In need for a sleep, as this day was full of new and very intense meetings, talks and experiences.
      Busy, crowded, intens, sometimes terrifying but always kept safe by our new friends.
      Many thanks! Ali, Snoucy and Moussa!
      I am doing short to you, bu t i really need to sleep. One day, we will make up.
      Viva Algeria!
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      Ja, zo een nieuwe wereld hakt er wel in. Geen enkele binding met de taal. Veel nieuwe geuren en niet eerder opgedane indrukken. Het is een wonder dat Lieske daar zo kalm onder blijft. Slaap lekker Morgen nieuwe dag.


      Welcome to algeria 😘

      Loek Scheepers

      Thank you

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    • Day18

      Hey man, We are in Tlemcen!

      February 11, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      After a real nice, but short stay in Oran, we had to continue our trip.
      I was a bit worried if Lieske could make the high ramp out of the underground parking.
      But just as always .. she did it. Easy. Were is my confidence?
      Our next destination is Tlemcen.
      But before we leave we say goodbye to all the new friends we already met.
      Driving in Algeria is just do as you like. If there are traffic lights, you respect them. But not too much. Nobody is patient and all are in a hurry. Push, honk, go!
      So, sadly, Nika had still not driven Lieske on the African soil. But she will.
      Highway driving is ok. But city. You need eyes everywhere. Fun part: Our Lieske is not the slowest vehicle on the road! Hurray!
      Driving from Oran to Tlemcen (next to mis a EXIT or two, so you see quite some interesting hidden "gems",) means also regular police roadblocks. On this go, around 180km, we had 4 roadblocks, and in two of them, we were actually stopped and checked. Once only papers, second time also inside the car to see if we were just us two.
      But it is all friendly and easy going.
      I forgot to mention, that as soon as Lieske hits the road, almost everybody is waving, thumbs-up and honks at us.
      People take pictures and even film us as they drive by.

      Just before Tlemcen, we decided to take the side road into town and head directly for our new host Fatima.
      It's not as easy as in The Netherlands with fixed postcodes and street names. So we have a Google location, and take it from there.
      But as soon as we arrived, people come to show us were we should be, and in an blink of an eye, we are seated and threated as kings.
      After a welcoming lunch, a meet with Father, mother, brothers.. Fatima took us up to the famous Plateau Lalla Setti. Up with a cablecabin and have a beautiful look over the city.
      We had a nice walk around the park and wanted to go down. But sadly, the cable cabin was closed, so we had to take a taxi.
      Being with a female host, means looking at the Algerian society from -for me- another side.
      It's sure not like with the boys in Oran. Having a drink on a nightly terras or boulevard...
      I am typing this a day late.
      As after again a wonderful dinner, coocked with love and also vegetarian, we talked about our trip and the time we might need. So It was late as we went to sleep.
      Now I am awake. Nika is still asleep. I have to do some home work. ;)
      Goodmorning Tlemcen. Let's see what the day will bring!
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    • Day19

      Tlemcen is not Terneuzen.

      February 12, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      For sure they have no locks, nor a canal or even a river with mighty ships on it.
      But it has stolen my heart by being a rough gem in a unpolished crown. Our host and her family made us feel part of their lives. And made being in Tlemcen as being at home.
      Today we started nice and slow. Nika got couscous cooking lessons, and i witnessed the warmth of a caring mother again.
      After our lunch, we went for a small walk in the neighbourhood and found a stray puppy. What a cutie to take home..
      As Fatima returned from college, we went to see the El Mechouar Palace.
      You could say, Alhambra in small.
      It was so good to be there and just enjoy it all in silence and tranquillity. No one to be seen. Just us. Not good for revenue but...
      We also got a guided tour in the traditionel wedding dress exhibition.
      Now it was time to hop in a taxi again to go and see the historic Mansourah Mosque.
      Also a place were you feel to be the explorar instead of the exploited.
      Taxi hopping is a common thing we go! Time for tea. And for me something sweet..;)
      Tea. Sunset, call for prayer and a good conversation. A gift.
      Darkness calls us home. Were we took a shower and got a last festive dinner.
      This family is so caring it is almost impossible to describe.
      As guests, we received a farewell gift. And all i could do was shed a tear, and give them our gift, a bag of "stroopwafels" the only Dutch thing, we could think of as we took of on this journey.
      Now. Our last night sleep, tomorrow step one into the direction of the Sahara.
      Maybe the main reason of this trip. And we only will stay there for a few days.
      But first things first.
      Tomorrow we are travellers again.
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      Yes, too bad there are no canals and big boats, but there are small rivers in the region itself there is a waterfall right next to the town of Telemecen, I also see that you have not visited the cave wonderful, hope you will catch up next time ....

    • Day20

      Halleluja, Diarrhea!

      February 13, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Last night I was a bit foolish to take a nice chocolate eclair with lovely creamy filling at the tea shop we visited.
      I think that one did the trick.

      Nika did a short drive, her first drive in Afrika!!but I was too "short sighted". So I will officially anounce that we had our first... exactly.
      My fault. Again.

      We are now in a hotel in Ain Sefra, because I am absolutely not wel.
      I have a 39° fever, and a nice headache after we drove 340 km to the gate of the Sahara desert.
      I will take a double paracetamol and have a early night.
      Maybe...Maybe watch the sunset. But that's over 2 hours. So we see.

      More tomorrow..

      Enjoy the pictures of a goodbye, and maybe Nika took some more.
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      Beterschap jongen 💋

      Loek Scheepers

      Dankjewel schatje. Leuk dat jullie ons elke dag een hart onder de riem steken.


      Zo Loek, dat wordt een aanval op de Imodium voorraad. En zeker goed drinken nu. Ja, en je nare gevoel niet op Nika botvieren. Ze doet het zo te zien op de prachtige foto’s hartstikke goed en je kan trots zijn op haar. (maar dat ben je ook). Beterschap en geniet van al het mooie en de fijne mensen waar jullie door verwend worden en in de watten worden gelegd.

      Loek Scheepers

      De imo laat ik nog ff. Wij zijn net zal vast nog wel eens gebeuren.

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    • Day21

      Sometimes you have to decide..

      February 14, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Today we drove of from our hotel, were I spent the night with fever and had a long sleep.
      So today I did not want to drive too long, and needed a break. We were invited for the night at Omar in Beni Ounif. We're treated on a nice and tasty couscous and tea. It was a warm welcome.
      But sadly we pushed on. And maybe we disappointed Omar, but he was and will be not the only one. Sadly.
      We have choices to make. And sometimes, we can't keep all our promises. Too little time, and so much to see.
      I am sorry.
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      Yes, it took a long time to discover this immense country, good luck

    • Day21

      Lieske has made us proud!

      February 14, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      We have arrived on the doorstep of the Sahara. And all this. Thanks to Lieske, wo never complained, and to be honest, hope she never will.
      Tonight we found a place were we intend to stay two days.
      It's a strange place. Fun part, we are in the middle of an settlement who is visted by tourist. We have found a place in the historic part of Taghit.
      Tomorrow, Walk the sand dunes, see the sunset and be the real tourists.
      All is been taken care of. Like they love to do. Plans are made for you.
      For now. We go with the flow and see were we got into.
      Taghit. Further south than this are we not going. We intended to, but as said so often,
      Too much too see....
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      Taghit is a dream even for Algerians, who live far away and can't afford it, enjoy and have fun


      Volgens mij liggen jullie goed op het herziene schema. Hoewel Zeeland wijds kan zijn is dit wel andere koek. Overigens verbaasd het mij dat jullie aan de rand van de Sahara nog steeds internet hebben. Super. Zie ook dat de weg flink kronkelt, goed rechts rijden dus. Is wel goed om hier je rijbewijs te halen haha. Blijf genieten. Wij doen het in ieder geval van de foto’s.

    • Day22

      Houston, we have a problem!

      February 15, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Because Lieske is asleep above a smear well (??) In Dutch we call it a "smeerput", I grabt the opportunity to check her out. Smear as much as possible and see if all the bolds a nuts are still tight.
      And there it was..
      The rubber of the "intermediate bearing" is "gone".
      So this needs repair.
      We are going to try and order it at Mercedes Benz in Constantine. Otherwise have it shipped from Holland.
      We will see how far she will bring us before it gets critical...
      Please keep your fingers crossed!
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      Lots of luck to the three of you 👍🏻


      Loek, potverdorie. Het ging net zo lekker. Is dit wat? bea…

      Loek Scheepers

      Lol. Onderdeelnummer A1114130012. Kijk of ik het snel krijg via MB Algeria en anders via Nederland. Maar we kunnen gewoon verder. Bij een mercedes moet je gewoon net doen alsof er niks aan de hand is..

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    • Day22

      All good things end..

      February 15, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      But not yet.
      Today we enjoyed a full day as tourists in Taghit.
      Visited the prehistoric sites, oases and the K'sar on the hills.
      Climbed up a sanddune, horrible, to watch the sunset, ran it down,..wonderfull.
      Relaxed and had a nice diner in the desert.
      Now we have put our mattresses on the roof of our home, and sleep outside, listen to the concert of frogs in the oases, and howling dogs.
      Tomorrow morning we want to get up early and climb the dune again.
      Good night!
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      Thank you, nice catch, I hope it will block other visitors to come in the future


      Het zand zit waarschijnlijk inmiddels overal, ook waar het niet hoort te zitten.....🤭


      Hebben jullie eitjes gekookt met die zandloper schoenen?😎


      Ze waren hardgekookt... 😂⏳

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    • Day23

      Goodbye Taghit !!

      February 16, 2020 in Algeria ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      We slept on the roof of the Kasr.
      We were lucky to have the opportunity to stay in this wonderfull place. However it was not suitable for tourist, but ... We are no tourists. ;)
      In the very early morning we went up that bloody sandhill again. Man what a job.
      But our own choice. We wanted to see the sunrise.
      And I am happy, grateful and proud that we did.
      Took a few snapshots of Lieske in the Desert, and took of, to a place, and on a route all are afraid of...
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      (fatima) so El Bnoud eventually heh?! I am tracking you, let us know when you make it! I'll be waiting


      (fatima) it seems on the map that you guys are there already haha! I am proud (and thankful) it went smooth:)

      Loek Scheepers

      ;) now you gave it away. 😘


      When you get that “Paris-Dakar” feeling, hope you will keep Lieske and the two of you on the road 🤗


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