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Say HELLO to the fifth (and formerly secret) member! HELLO MATT!!

So, due to national security officials worries about his imminent personal safety, we’ve been forced to keep member #5’s identity (heh, tity) a secret this far.

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But no more!

Say hello to Matt K Gelgota, the one, the only. The only one.

Matt is a globetrotter that would put marco polo to shame, and this will come in handy whilst traveling 1/3 around the globe in our two small and stupid cars.

He’s in charge of haggling/barter/shenanigans, and he’s good at it. He once made an Egyptian street vendor pay him money to accept a golden Scarab that could open the door at the secret 7th pyramid of Giza. He melted it down into 4 rings, and spread them in the four corners of the world, since he thought that the world was not ready.

.. or something like that.

He’s been imported straight from Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, via Ibaraki via Nottingham via Nishiogikubo via Nakamurabashi via Nerima-ku via Azabu Juban via Boston via Oxford via Wisconson via Michigan. And now he’s here!

WELCOME BROMEISTER!! :D
… I bet you’re regretting posting that image on the internets right about now ;)

Outdoor living saviours!

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During this amazing rally/adventure/growing of many parts, we’ll be doing, it hit us that most of the sleeping, correction, ALL of the sleeping, will be done below the sun and the moon. Thus, we needed some help with what and how to do this.

Luckily, friluftsvaror.se stepped in, and helped us out. Not only did they help us out with tents, backpacks, sleeping bags (you name it, they delivered it!), but they also taught me (Pontus) a whole lot about camping! I now know how to use a mirror compass!

We’re forever grateful to friluftsvaror.se, and we will do everything in our power to repay you for the kindness.

With this support from friluftsvaror.se, it means we’re somewhat almost ready to leave, and with a couple of days left (80 days, today), this means we can start focusing whole-heartedly on getting money and toys together for the SOS Children’s village. We have two events lined up, and will get back to you all with more info when it’s “official”.

Thanks again to friluftsvaror.se, and all our other sponsors, thanks for making this possible.

leet sponsors!

leet sponsors!

Our friends over at tretton37 came to us and offered us some of the much needed gear, in return, they just wanted us to get home safe. It will be hard, but a deal is a deal, so we will get home safe now!

The gear they hooked us up with was … well, a lot of things, take a peek over at the “wish list”-page, and you can see how generous they where.

Much love to you guys, we’re really happy for the support.

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… In other news, both cars will be getting a run-through next week, and the visas are dropping in one after the other. 2/5 done so far. Woho!!

Kyrgyzstan and the infinite sadness

Kyrgyzstan and the infinite sadness

Meeting number, hum, how many has it been now? 5? 65?

Meh, the number doesn’t matter that much. The important thing is what the meeting generated.

We’re on track, or it feels like it. And as they say, when you feel like it’s on track, you should probably check to see if you’re wearing pants, since the odds are against you.

We have now compiled a list over things that we MUST have with us when it comes to gears for the cars and camping. This list will be useful when we approach new sponsors, so that they have a clear and visual image on what we would like them to help us with. This, instead of them to give us money, since we’ve realised that that might not always be the thing sponsors want to do. And well, the money would be used for the gear anyways, so it’s a win win. Also, the money we’re putting up from our own pocket, and won’t have to use for gear, will go to the SOS Barnbyar, so win win!

The list also enabled us to put together a more accurate budget. Yay! As if this will hold up. Oh well, here’s for trying! :)

When the budget and all that was done, we got a curve ball. One team member had to pull out of the rally due to personal circumstances. We’re sad to see him leave, but are happy that he did it now, and not the day before the rally. We will commemorate a huge part of the car for him, and we’re discussing maybe making a shrine, where h’ll be with us via FaceTime™.

After a vote, and some debate, we decided on not taking on a new 6th member, but instead drive with just 5 people in the cars. More room, but more cost. We’ll just have to try harder.

Something else discussed during the meeting was the fact that we’ve been offered to co-sponsor an event at the end of May in Malmö, for some fundraising, something that will be legendary! We’re thinking maybe some free mongolian BBQ and beers in a park or something, maybe some live music. It will be a hit, no doubt. Now we just have to plan it out. :)

Next on the agenda, was to change the route a little bit.

First.
We’re doing Iran. Yes. We’re doing Iran, even tho we all just saw ‘Argo’. The American, sorry, Canadian in our party (he’s still a secret member, not announced yet, due to security reasons), will fly from Turkey to Turkmenistan, and meet up with us there. Something we’re forever grateful for. Epic! EPIC! IRAN!

Second.
We’re doing Kyrgyzstan, if we’re not too far behind on schedule when we reach Tashkent. And to quote a team member, it’s like the old saying goes, “When you put it in a Stan, go balls deep.” Well, no one really says anything like that to be honest, but um… when else are we going to be on the cusp of Kyrgyzstan?

That pretty much sums up the meeting.

Next up is the Visa process that starts in 1-2 weeks from now. It will be exciting!

Venture O.N.E, sorry, U.N.O! acquired

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… 3’rd time’s the charm.

So, we finally found a new car, that we can bring. Best part is that it’s identical to Venture T.W.O. So we now have two identical cars, which will be pretty sweet when on the road if something breaks.

Venture U.N.O has roof thingie, extra lights thingie, and a speed-holder thingie. We are over he moon about the car, it feels like it was made for us!

Mr.Matiz is dead, long live Matiz!

Hey!
Happy new year yo!
Hope you all are having a great start to the new year. We are. Well, except one little setback.

So, right before Xmas, we took the two cars up to a friend of ours that doubles as a mechanic, and gave the two beasts a thorough go thru.

Turns out that the Matiz was not doing so good, so we had to send him up state to that farm my mum sent my cat when I was 4 years old.

We got the money back for the old Mr.Matiz, and invested it in a brand new 10 year old Skoda Fabia, yes, a Skoda Fabia. We really need to have two car of the same make, to make the trip a whole lot “easier”. There was much joy.

.. until we noticed that the car was 7 days too old.

Awesome.

Now we need to sell the Fabia, derp, and buy a new one.

HELLO STRESS!! HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

Derp.

Soon a new year, soon a new site!

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Hey there.

So, happy new years people, hope this evening will be an epic celebration for you guys, and I hope you all get a good start on the new year!

I’m slowly getting my shit together and this temporary site will be transformed into something more fancy looking, and easier to use ;)

You can have a little preview of the new site here, if you promise to remember that it’s not done, and the links doesn’t work … but it’s responsive! :D

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