National Geographic Photo Contest 2013


Who will win? National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The overall grand-prize winner will be announced in […]

44th Country to hit 1000 Unique Views – Slovenia Population: 1,992,690


 Background The Slovene lands were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the latter’s dissolution at the end of World War I. In 1918, the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming a new multinational state, which was named Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War II, Slovenia became a republic of the renewed Yugoslavia, which […]

Thank you country #206 Somalia Population: 10,251,568


It’s been a really long time since a new country has visited our blog but I am psyched to say # 206th country Somalia has stopped by…that is 206 countries….all I can say is WOW…  Background Britain withdrew from British Somaliland in 1960 to allow its protectorate to join with Italian Somaliland and form the […]

2013 World Map Archive TIme


Click the little pic below for larger versions Each year our maps of the world powered by Clustr Maps archives the red dots that accumulate throughout the year.  Apparently they do not want to map to turn into a big red BLOB…so, each year I post screen shots of the world map showing where readers […]

ADV Interview: Simon and Lisa Thomas


I have posted about Simon and Lisa before but here is a great interview Touratech did as they are in the USA now….this couple from the UK are amazing and probably been on the road the longest out of anyone on two wheels…read their story…inspiring! LINK to Original Interview Sep 19, 2013 Tell us about […]

Long Way Round and Long Way Down are now on Netflix!


FYI! 😉  We own both DVD’s but this is cool Netflix is carrying both trips!

Latest Country to hit 1000 unique views – Croatia Population: 4,475,611


 Background The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia. Following World War II, Yugoslavia became a federal independent Communist state under the strong hand of Marshal TITO. Although Croatia […]

#205 = Burundi Population: 10,888,321


Welcome the 205th Country to visit our BLOG….We are so grateful that so many countries have stopped by…it’s a very cool feeling…  Background Burundi’s first democratically elected president was assassinated in October 1993 after only 100 days in office, triggering widespread ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi factions. More than 200,000 Burundians perished during the […]

BMW F800 GS, Adventure in South Africa. Wild Coast, chapter two.


Just freaking AWESOME….I so want to ride there! This is a really great video with brilliant music….

Indonesia Population: 251,160,124


THANK YOU INDONESIA FOR HITTING THE 1000 UNIQUE VIEWS CLUB!   Background The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence shortly before Japan’s surrender, but it required four years of sometimes brutal fighting, intermittent negotiations, and UN mediation before the Netherlands […]

THANKS CHILE for hitting 1000 views!


 Background Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, the Inca ruled northern Chile while the Mapuche inhabited central and southern Chile. Although Chile declared its independence in 1810, decisive victory over the Spanish was not achieved until 1818. In the War of the Pacific (1879-83), Chile defeated Peru and Bolivia and […]

Top 10 Most Beautiful Nature Spots Around the Austria


Austria tourism has been filled with breathtaking nature all way around. From Vienna to Salzburg, the country features nature that can’t be seen anywhere on the planet. Snow covered mountains, marquise lakes and endless forests are thing that will convince you to book your first Austria tour.  In today’s article we collected Top 10 Most […]

RUSSIA joins the 1000 view CLUB


Thanks RUSSIA for supporting our BLOG!  Background Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the […]

Welcome SIERRA LEONE – 204th Country to visit out BLOG!


 Background Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population). The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end […]