9 TRAVEL TIPS TO VISIT SUDAN

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Sudan is one of this countries that not many people choose to visit, mainly because their negative reputation after years of war and it´s authoritarian government ruled by sharian law. But those travelers who decide to go to this beautiful and historic country always end their trip satisfied for many reasosn, mainly because of the hospitality  of its friendly people, the beauty of the desert life and the history of its ancient nubian cities. But whatever, Sudan is a country where you must be aware of certain situations when you arrive to have a safety travel around there. This are 9 advices that is better to know before to travel to SUDAN: PERMISSIONS IN KHARTOUM. Every person arriving to Sudan must be controlled, so the first thing you have to do is to get permissions for everything you plan to do in he country. No matter you arrive by plane directly to the capital or overland crossing some of the borders with Egypt or Ethiopia, first thing is going to Khartoum. You need permission to stay in the capital, to move, to make pictures and declare what kind of photography, for which roads you will take, permission for leaving the country… You must know that few days must be reserved for this bureaucracy in a busy old building and even you can not apply personally, always need of a sudanese citizen. NO ATM AND NEITHER INTERNATIONAL BANKS ARE AVAILABLE. Sudan is under an international financial sanction, only cash will work for you as a foreigner. We couldn’t use our credit card nowhere. No posible to take money from the bank, no ATM, and at this moment we have no cash with us. In previous countries, Ethiopia and Kenya, use to pay with credit card our fuel and sleeping and eating…

GUIDE TO VISIT ALASKA WITHOUT BEING ATTACKED BY BEARS

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] If in Tajikistan was the extreme cold, in Tanzania the invisible malaria and in Patagonia the incessant wind, the challenge that awaited us in Alaska was to travel thousands of kilometers through a leafy and remote land of bears. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfmSbGXXTaw&feature=youtu.be   Blacks, Grizzlis or even Polar in the tundra and Arctic lands, no matter their kind, they are all strong, instinctive and skillful as well as incredibly versatile, excellent climbers, runners and swimmers, practically they only miss to fly. What could be our cards to play this game and get out of there alive? The solution began to learn all about this animal totally unknown for us. So as we moved through California, Oregon, British Columbia and especially in Yukon, where people say there is a ratio of about 15 bears per person, our hosts and the people who we met along the road were telling us about their experiences with bears and they assure us that if we want to reach the Arctic Ocean we will also have to experience of that encounter at some point, but they also reached us how to proceed. The locals are the best way to learn the precautions to avoid countering with the bears and how to react when this happens. It is a land of bears and here they establish the law, if you do not know and respect their rules you can already imagine the consequences. The best thing to do is to be prepared since most of the bear attacks happened because an inappropriate human behavior. This is basically what you should keep in mind if you want to visit Alaska this summer: 1.   BE EQUIPPED WITH SOME DISSUASIVE GEAR Being armed with fire guns is part of the culture of the locals in this far North, so…

RESCUED BY GUADALUPE, A HERO WITHOUT INSTAGRAM

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Let's say we talk about feminism, how many instagram profiles of young girls who live together with their personal photographer show up in Instagram with shirt that has a protesting message printed on it, but deep inside they are more worry if their shoes are pairing the color of the shirt. They collect thousands of "Likes"  but the real effect ends up being zero, the next day nobody remembers anything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SBLcQ8Ai40&feature=youtu.be   But in the world there are also another type of women who go unnoticed and without social media or followers but their fight ended up leaving a mark and becoming heroes for the people around them, showing that women are same or even stronger than men. On my journeys I met women in India who can break by hand stones to rebuild the roads of their village destroyed by the monsoon rains, or the Bolivian with a muscle and character so strong that no man dare to discuss with them. Traveling Rwanda I fell in love of the history of courage of Dian Fossey and in Namibia we met Tracy in the middle of the desert, a combat aircraft pilot and engineer that although she showed that she alone could build a plane but who left everything behind to live in the the desert and spend life flying hot air ballooning over the dunes. For some of these women life forced them to fight, others chose to fight so they could live their passions and dreams, but then also are women like Guadalupe who simply was tired of a society telling her that her dream was and had always been only for men, so she decided to prove that from now will be something that women also could do. Guadalupe lives in Real de Catorce, an…

WHY WE HAVE TO VISIT ETHIOPIA?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] There are as many motivations to start a long trip as travelers who dare to start it, but what they all have in common is to wish to find something different every time they arrive in a new country. Then Ethiopia will never disappoint you, and that´s why is one of the countries you must visit in East Africa (open link). We arrived in this country one morning in February 2017 and since the same moment we crossed the border it was not that year and neither 10 am as our watch showed, now it is 4 in the morning because here the hours begin to count with the sunrise. Being one of the countries with the greatest tradition and history in the world gives them the right to decide for themselves when and at what time they live. Well, if Ethiopia is on your bucket list remember when you visit it to leave GPS and maps at home. You are going to enjoy more this country with a hand-drawn sketch on a paper napkin always in your pocket. Visiting such a unique country deserves to start with a different travel plan and the best planning will emerge around a delicious Injera, the most popular meal that need to be eaten by hands and in company, without protocols or secrets. So just enter this country look for one of its street kitchens, ask for one of those huge crepes and you will see how really fast someone will sit next to you to welcome you, and of course... eat a bot of your Injera. It is then time to take your pencil, paper and all the possible imagination to get to understand all the places that your spontaneous guest will recommend you. It is now when you will…

LOST AND FOUND IN MEXICO´S RED ZONES

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Fuck! That is what we thought when one of the bags from the motorcycle felt down while we were corssing the desert of the interior of Mexico. You can have everything under control on your bike like new wheels, a freshly restored suspension or a clean engine oil that we put just a couple of days ago but suddenly a little hook that hold our bags to the motorbike does not resist the vibrations of the gravel roads and you realize how sensible we are for our journey becomes a bit dramatic. There is no way to continue unless we leave the bags, but when you are a couple that is going around the world on a single motorcycle you realize that every little thing we can carry with us becomes essential. So we look around that immense horizon and we see that just next to where we are there is a small farm. We went there, we met Antonio who lives here in the middle of nowhere with his dogs and growing pumpkins and we convince him to bring Ivana and our luggage in his old truck to a main road, about 6o km in San Tiburcio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q6S39zD4dU   As soon Antonio let us there we got to stop a white car with two men going to Zacatecas. The rain is coming so we did it fast, Ivana gets into the car and we deal to meet up at the first gas station in Zacatecas, about 200 km away. But when the rain crosses the desert it does it with all his power, so Manu has to give push down the gas and in a moment he loses sight of the pickup. Two and a half hours of travel until Zacatecas is enough time for Manu to remember…

BEER CANS, DEODORANTS AND HALF NAKED WOMEN IN THE SUPERMARKET OF OPUWO.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] All the social rules, priorities, logic or behaviors that you been taught wherever you were born lose all its sense when you start to travel. For example if we were completely sure that move the head up and down could means only a "Yes" when we got to Greece we discovered that is more a "No", or if in the city where we came from the first thing you keep in your pocket before leaving home is the mobile phone in the Amazon of Peru is a machete, but more shocked was when we understand that there was possible to have a shower without water, suddenly Namibia shows us that donkeys have sand baths or that himbas women wash themselves with smoke during the whole life. Travel means to see the contrast of different lifestyle, of people from different cultures, but the contrast more interesting happen when these two cultures so different merge and as a consequence we have a magic and unexpected moment. For a traveler to found himself in a place where this happen felt like to win the lottery. We experienced it when finally we arrived to Opuwo after several days riding the Namib desert from South to North. Until there all what we see was orix crossing our path, the infinite horizons of the desert, heat, dust, loneliness and dehydration, but suddenly this small town, beginning and center to the land from the colorful tribe himba. There is a lot to be seen and experience in this region but first thing first, after few day eating only bread with tuna when we got to Opuwo we ran to the supermarket to get a fruit. This day, unusually like when we arrive to a new place where we will pass the night, we didn´t look…

UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD FOR 25 COWS

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] When a dreamer knows what he wants, he grabs a suitcase and goes looking for it. Even without having an idea of ​​what kind of obstacles await him on that unknown path with just only a smile on his face as a shield he begins to walk without letting anyone stop him. So when we saw the beaches of Zanzibar full of massais we could not resist going to talk to them and know what is the dream that pushed these young people to leave behind their savanna, their culture and their people to come to these beaches full of that type of western tourists slaves of their ego and obsessed with selfies, an island controlled by descendants of Arabs who already forgot to talk to animals and stars because they are infected by the virus of the trade and focus only on how to make money, although they have to play a double ethic, money and bikinis on the beach, veils, prayers and closed mind in the rest of the island. To can listen the personal stories from so different people who we arrive to meet in our journey becomes an addiction that forces us to find the formula for that ends in some kind of communication.   Those Masai young guys changes their lances with which they defend their livestock from the savage beasts of the savanna for bracelets that they sell to tourists, but in their mind there is always the same objective, the cows. Because when we started talking to them we understand that their trip to this southern island has the same motivation for each of them, getting the money to buy 25 cows, (15 for the dowry that will be offered to the father of the girl with who they want to…

GUIDE TO GET PREGNANT IN THE DESERT OF SUDAN

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] There is a thing we've got it clear, when we are in front of big changes in our lives and we are full of doubts and confusion... we have to go to the desert. Not long ago we were acrossing the Sahara from Sudan to Egypt, just before returning back to Europe after 4 years traveling the world in our motorcycle, feeling sometimes sad for ending a stage so important of our lives and suddenly happy remembering that the time to start with a new project totally different is getting close. So, although Africa had left us exhausted, we received with open arms to world's largest desert because this was the perfect environment for reflections and prepare ourselves for the shock of the changes. We had learned and experienced so much for the world by now that the only thing we needed was loneliness to digest it, so when we get to Dongola we did not think much about crossing the Nile (in the last bridge that we would have for almost 800 km until Aswan) when we were told that the West side of the river was open recently a new and very lonely road. Over there for hundreds of km we would meet no one, only 2 or 3 small settlements of descendants of Nubians who live in the shore of the Nile without electricity or running water, practically the same way they did for thousands of years in this isolated region. Those were the perfect Oasis for resting and try to find some fuel (we had faith someone had keep at home some liters for feed electricity generators and they would sell us ... or give us in exchange for a shirt or a slippers not need more, bartering is quite useful and logical in…

THE MOST IMPRESSIVE GHOST TOWN IN THE WORLD IS IN …

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] There is no stone more beautiful than a diamond, capable of hypnotizing humans and to attract them wherever they are. If the human beings are the king of the animal world then the diamond is in the mineral, a perfect combination that our human arrogance, as blinding as the bright of the diamonds themselves, pushes us to search for them around the world. This world of egos and capitals that we have created make us believe that a person with diamonds is better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1_3JFqzmsI&feature=youtu.be   So if the diamonds are in the heart of the oldest desert in the world that does not matter to us, there we are going to settle. That´s the reason Kolmanskop was born at the beginning of the 20th century, a german colony defies the laws of the desert to bring to this remote corner of Namibia a a town where it mixes the Parisian bohemia and the Germany's industrialization. Power plants, bowling alleys, casinos, dance halls, sports halls and even an ice factory were built. What kind of millionaire does not want to enjoy a ice cream or whiskey on the rocks at the beginning of the 20th century in one of the hottest places on the planet? The best wines of France could be tasted there and the best theater companies made the long trip that at that time meant arriving in the South of Africa to perform in their theaters. Kolmanskop received the first tram in Africa and the first X-ray station in the southern hemisphere helping to this young town to have a prominent place in the world. But the feeling of "nothing can stop us" that inspired its streets at the beginning is very different from the one that transmits today. The desert did not need much time…

THIS IS THE BUTTERFLY THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL RIDICULOUSLY SMALL

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] If when you were a young kid somebody would ask you to choose an animal with which you like to be identified, which one would you choose? The majority will go for one that represents strength, courage ... that inspired freedom, and so lions, tigers, eagles or more imaginary as a dragon would head the list because since childhood our instinct for survival and society does not want us to relate to nothing that inspires weakness, that is why the butterfly is relegated to the category of scorn when someone is compare with this small insect. But since our trip took us to the border between the states of Michoacan and Mexico at the beginning of November, the butterfly, specifically the Monarch, became the living being with whom we feel identified the most. It was an instinct that pushed us to turn our life into a journey where the route would be our home and the horizon our destination, as a profession and goal in life we wanted to be a traveler. So it was impossible not to be attracted to this butterfly that, even against the most logical rules of nature, just breaking its cocoon and unfolding its little wings for the first time begins one of the longest migrations known. Without GPS and no advice from previous experience, this insect so small that for many of you would go unnoticed follow its instinct and dare to travel the more than 5,000 km between Canada and the same forests in Mexico where so many previous generations their ancestors went to spend the winter. Maybe society wanted to educate us to become another tool so the system can continue working, but sometimes the destiny they want to impose us is not the same as we feel. I wanted…