("Le monde au bout du pouce" )
World-tour of Rachel and David
David and Rachel in Turkey
We are back in France
since 15th of June 2002
en La Roche sur Yon!
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85170 Dompierre sur Yon
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38 rue Watteau
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Ouagadugu (Burkina Faso) 19th april 2002
We already left Benin where we spent one month visiting rural villages
and a few touristic places ( the royal city of Abomey, Ouidah where the
slaves were taken to America...). A french friend of us, Madeleine (president
of a Non Governmental Organisation which
We are now in Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso) where we spent a short week to get our mauritanian and malian visas. We are hosted by a young journalist (esperantist), Germain, who shows us the student life and explain a lot about his country. We already loved Burkina Faso 6 years ago and we really like the people and the way of life here.
Tomorrow though, we'll take one more bus to continue our trip. Let's go to the saharian desert !
Rachel & David
Johannesburg, 2nd March 2002
We are still in South Africa where we arrived on the 10th of january.
We were supposed to be in Madagascar now but we had to cancel our journey
there because of the general strike in the capital after the presidential
elections. Thus we'll be in South Africa for 2 months in
What about our stay here, in South Africa ? We started it in Cape Town where we spent 10 days with Magali and Harro, esperantist friends : the region offered us the opportunity to visit Robben island (where Nelson Mandela spent almost 20 years in jail), wineries around Stellenbosh, the beautiful abd wild peninsula of Good Hope cape, different areas of Cape Town...
Then we traveled by bus during one month along the east coast (beautiful landscapes and beaches !) and through Swaziland. We discovered and shared the lifestyle of different peoples like "Zoulou", "Xhosa", "Swazi"... We visited a few natural parks and saw a lot of wild animals (hippos, rhinos, elephants, zebras, lions...).
In Durban and later in Johannesburg/Pretoria, we met a few esperantists
(among who refugees from Congo). One of them, Clement (who is just starting)
invited us in Soweto where he lives and we spent a week together visiting
his family in villages : a good
All these experiences made us enjoy our stay in South Africa even if sometimes we felt uncomfortable as white people. Apartheid is still not totally forgotten and that's normal as it was abolished only in the last 12 years...
For the next 2 weeks, we plan to go in Lesotho, this small mountainous country surrounded by South Africa. Then it will be time for us to fly to Western Africa...
São Paulo, BRASIL 7 th of January 2002
*HAPPY NEW YEAR 2002!
We wish you all the best and more peace in our world. For us, this year will be our come back in France (on the 15th of june) but for the moment let's go to Africa !
We are now in Brazil but tonight we'll live the American continent.
We spent almost 2 months in this country wish looks like a continent and
we visited the Pantanal, Campo Grande, Bauru, Sao Paulo,
For Christmas, Davids' parents and Carine (his young sister) were with
us in Rio and for the 31st of december, we were on the beach of Copacabana
with 2 millions of people... Crazy !
Rachel and David
Since Guatemala we travelled quickly through Central America and south Ecuador to enter Peru. There we spent a few
days in Lima with esperantists, then we walked along the Inca trail
and vizited Machu Pichu and to finish,
On the 21th of october, we entered Bolivia where Rachels' parents joined
us 5 days later to share 2 weeks of travelling. Here are a few great times
: train ride beetween Oruro and Uyuni, visit of the silver mines in Potosi,
celebrations on the day of "All saints" and our 4 days tour by jeep through
the desertic, colourfull and amazing landscapes around Uyuni (especially
the "salar" or salt desert). The only problem was the altitude which affected
our body but it couldn't affect our enthousiasm end we loved Bolivia and
its nice and peacefull inhabitants.
Panajachel, GUATEMALA, Saturday 8th September
Hola amigos !
Since the 28th of july, we are on the american continent. At first, we stayed 2 weeks in California to enjoy the atmosphere (and the fog!) of San Francisco, hitch hike along the Pacific coast down to Los Angeles, walk on the star boulevard in Hollywood and have a great time with international summer students in San Diego. In each place we stayed with esperantists or french friends: fortunately because life is incredibly costly in the country of the dollars!
The 12th of august, we entered Mexico where we visited Guadalajara,
Mexico city, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las casas and Palenque. We really
enjoyed this country for its atmosphere, archeological sites, people, etc...
G'DAY from Australia!
Sydney, the 10th of july 01
Already almost one year since we left France and long way covered, almost 38000 km... In Australia, we innovated by bying our own car, a Ford Falcon (called FeFe by the french previous owners). Here it is very current and easy to buy a car for a few weeks or months to discover the country properly : we needed only 24 h to buy FeFe in Darwin and not more to sale it back in Sydney, 6 weeks later... at the same price !
With FeFe, we enjoyed more independance and "home made " cooking thanks to the camping gear supplied in it. We drove 7000 km on red unsealed trails or nice highways and enjoyed the wildlife along the way. We had never seen so many wild animals : crocodiles, kangaroos of course, kolalas, birds end even... a whale jumping in the sea ! We also discovered the Aboriginal culture and people, worked one week in a cattle station and dived along the Great Barrier Reef.
We are now in Sydney where we stay in the Esperanto centre before flying to Bali on the 13th of july.
Selamat petang !
24th may 2001
The tour is finished... not the world tour, don't worry ! It's only that after Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, we came back to Thailand. Bangkok, modern city, modern life ; small villages in northern Laos ; Along bay, Hanoi and Hochiminh city in Vietnam ; Angkor in Cambodia were some of our stops. Lao and cambodian roads distressed a bit our backs but travelling can't always be easy !
We'll remember the thai, lao and cambodian smiles but in Vietnam, it was a bit more difficult. Fortunately we met esperantists who changed our perception of their country.
Today we're in Malaysia, tomorrow Singapore and the day after, we'll arrive in Australia : other country, other continent...
See or read you soon.
24 / 02 / 2001
We left India after a disappointing stay in Agra (hasseling people and enormous increase of the entrance fee of the Taj Mahal) and a few nice days in Varanasi.
We are now in Nepal. First we enjoyed the quiet and preserved national park of Bardia, even if we didn't meet any tiger or rhino... Then we came in Kathmandu where we are welcomed by a nepalese family (thanks to esperanto) whom children guide us in the city.
Tomorrow we'll begin the Annapurna Circuit : 3 weeks of trek in the heart of Himalaya!
On the 23th of March, we'll fly to Bangkok (Thailand) to enter Laos
Rachel & David