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Fundraiser via Indiegogo.com

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So, I’m working on a crowd funding thing over at indiegogo.com in order to get some more cash for the rally, and the charities. Right now, I’m doing the video for the project (GoPro + After effect + my wicked accent and mumbling ftw!).

We need your input
In order to give you all something for the support, we’re trying to come up with perks that will make you as happy as us.

So, please please please, let us know if you have any cool ideas on perks that we could offer in exchange for support, we’re up almost anything.

What we’ve got s far
So far, the perks look a little like this:

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Your name will be added to our website’s thank you list. And hopefully you’ll be able to sleep a little bit better at night knowing you’d helped a good cause, and some awesome people to make the journey of a life time.

You will be seen!
If you honour us with this, we’ll put a sticker with your name on the car. The car will get massive media exposure all over the world, we hope, so you might be on TV in Kazakhstan! Who knows!? Awesome!!! We will have a space on the car with all the names shown in an awesome way.

Official Team Venture Shirt
You will receive the official Team Venture t-shirt … and of course our sincere gratitudes! You will look more awesome than Shaft. And that’s pretty damn awesome if you ask wikipedia.

Your logo on the car
Yes, if your company want to be associated with this amazing adventure, you have the chance to put your company’s logo on the car, for a small fee you get to put a sticker on the car (10x10cm).

Postcard from ????
We will send you a handwritten postcard from somewhere exotic, like Turkmenistan.. or something awesome like that.

Drawn as a little gamer
We will draw you as a little gamers character (from http://www.little-gamers.com ) and use you in a comic of our choosing. This might be good, or it might be bad, no one knows. We will also send you the character as a high resolution PNG, so that you can go buck wild and use it EVERYWHERE. … and of course you will get our sincere gratitudes!

Limited Edition Travel Book
In addition to inclusion on the website thank you list, you will receive a 9” x 7” limited edition soft cover trade book containing all the amazing photos we’ll be taking during the trip along with nice little notes and other things that can be crammed into a book. You will also receive our sincere gratitudes.

Limited Edition Travel Book
In addition to inclusion on the website thank you list, you will receive a 9” x 7” limited edition hard cover book containing all the amazing photos we’ll be taking during the trip along with nice little notes and other things that can be crammed into a book. Signed and numbered by the entire crew. You will also receive our sincere gratitudes.

Recurring Little Gamer
We will draw you as a little gamers character (from http://www.little-gamers.com ) and make you a reoccurring character in the comic. This might be good, or it might be bad, no one knows. We will also send you the character as a high resolution PNG, so that you can go buck wild and use it EVERYWHERE. … and of course you will get our sincere gratitudes!

Local Laws and Customs, Part 1

Well, might as well share all the things I write down in my notebook about the countries we’re going to visit while driving the mongol rally 2013. Here’s part 1. More parts to come, I’m sure. Enjoy! :)

 

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  • Possession and use of drugs is illegal and, if found guilty, you could face a lengthy prison sentence in very basic conditions.
  • Male homosexual activity is illegal, punishable by a custodial sentence. Homosexuality is still very much frowned upon socially. You should take care over public displays of affection.
  • There remain sensitivities around relationships between foreign men and local women, and the Turkmen authorities are known to take action against both. For foreign nationals this could result in a fine or deportation from the county.
  • Photography of many official buildings is forbidden. You should check before taking photographs near potentially sensitive sites such as airports, military barracks, police stations, government buildings, embassies and the Presidential Palace. It is best to check with the nearest policeman if it is possible to take photographs.
  • It is also against the law to smoke outside and if caught you could be fined.

 

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  • Seatbelts for drivers and passengers are compulsory and the use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited.
  • You drive on the right in Uzbekistan. Be aware that vehicles approaching a roundabout have the right of way over vehicles already on the roundabout.
  • We recommend that you carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. Requests to produce an ID, for example by the police, are frequent.
  • Possession of drugs is illegal. There is a ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco to those under 20. Prison sentences can be lengthy. While prison conditions have reportedly improved, reports of widespread hepatitis and tuberculosis and allegations of mistreatment of some prisoners by officials remain a source of concern.
  • You should carry a doctor’s prescription if you intend to travel with prescription medicine and declare the items on your Customs Declaration Form. Possession of such items, even with a doctor’s prescription could, if not declared, or if the quantity held exceeds legal limits, lead to administrative or even criminal proceedings.
  • Homosexuality is illegal under Uzbek law and is still very much frowned upon socially. You should take care over public displays of affection.
  • You should be aware that any form of photography can upset the authorities, particularly photographs of government buildings including the Palace of Forums in Tashkent. You should check before using a camera, especially near airports, border checkpoints, military barracks, bridges, police stations and metro stations.
  • You must register within three days of arrival. If you are staying in a hotel, you will be asked for your passport at check-in and it will be retained for a short period. Hotel staff will complete the registration paperwork and return your passport to you.
  • If staying in a private house, your host should register you with their local district OVIR (Department of Foreign Travel & Exit (they also deal with the registration of Foreign Citizens)). If you travel to another city and plan to stay for longer than three days, you will need to register again. You must follow this procedure, as a full record of your whereabouts whilst in Uzbekistan is required upon departure. Visitors who are unable to account for their whereabouts could be fined and possibly deported.

 

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  • Service stations and petrol/water access can be limited outside the main cities
  • Local Traffic Police only have the right to stop vehicles if an offence has been committed.  Travellers should note that a Traffic Police Official should start immediately to complete official papers relating to any alleged offence.
  • Kazakhstan has a secular constitution. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs.
  • Possession and use of drugs is illegal and, if found guilty, you could face a lengthy prison sentence in basic conditions.
  • Although homosexuality is not illegal, it is often not tolerated, especially outside the major cities.
  • Local regulations require you to carry photo ID at all times.
  • Some restrictions exist on photography near military establishments, border areas and some official buildings. Notices about these restrictions are sometimes, but not always, indicated so some caution is advised. Travellers should also be aware that photography of airport facilities is prohibited.
  • You should bring enough cash for your trip. Travellers’ cheques are not normally accepted. US$ are the most widely accepted foreign currency. ATM’s are now available in most towns, but do not always accept foreign credit or debit cards. If you are bringing more than 3,000US$ into Kazakhstan you should declare these amounts on arrival into the country and when exiting.

 

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  • Driving in Mongolia can be hazardous. There are few all-weather roads anywhere outside major towns. You should ensure your vehicle is suitably equipped for the terrain and you have appropriate supplies and communication equipment.
  • Driving standards have largely not kept pace with the dramatic growth in the number of vehicles in Mongolia and are highly variable. Vehicle maintenance in Mongolia can be poor, even for rental vehicles.
  • Driver and passengers should take sensible precautions including wearing seat belts where possible and avoiding driving at night.
  • We advise that you use an experienced, professional driver familiar with the driving conditions. Driving in Ulaanbaatar is also hazardous as roads are heavily congested, minimally signposted and there are a high number of accidents. (HAH!)
  • Possession and use of drugs is illegal and if found guilty you could face a long prison sentence in an institution with very basic facilities.
  • Although not illegal, homosexuality is a subject many Mongolians are uncomfortable with. Some Mongolian men are unhappy to see Mongolian women in relationships with foreign men. In both cases it is sensible to be discreet to avoid causing offence.
  • Though many Mongolians are familiar with foreign visitors, you should be aware of local customs, especially if visiting remote areas or calling on a Mongolian family. Stepping on a door threshold or wearing short sleeves for example can cause offence.
  • Remember to show appropriate respect in Buddhist monasteries: ask permission before taking photographs, and do not touch any sacred images or objects.

Change, but for a better world.

Just got news from the adventurists (the guys organising the mongol rally) has changed the mandatory charity for this year. Instead of Lotus Children’s Centre Charitable Trust, it’s now Cool Earth. And to quote one of the adventurists ..

“We’re changing direction a bit this year, instead of saving the world a little bit at a time we’re going to save the whole thing in one go. We’ll still have local charities we recommend, but our main effort will be Cool Earth.”

We’re still going to support SOS Childrens Villages (SOS Barnbyar) 100%, and will try to raise as much money for them as possible.

Anyways, now you know.. time for me to update all sites and links and PDFs and such.

Freeze dried, but hopefully tasty on the road to Mongolia!

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Just ordered a couple of Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals from the internets, will be back later with a video report on how good, or bad, they are.

In other news, we got a nice email from SOS Barnbyar asking us to put a pin in the collection for their mongolian branch until after new years, and also we need to raise at least 20 000 Sek in order for them to be able to ear mark the money for Mongolia.

We’re fine with both these demands from them, since it means the money will end up exactly where we want them to.

So, the Charity drive for SOS Barnbyar has been put on hold for a little while. But we’ll be back with more info when it is time! :)

Status Update.

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Well.. not much happening at the moment. Christian & Jompe is hopefully working hard on figuring out what car to get and how and when. We emailed a bunch of cars salesmen people last week, and no one has yet replied. No one. In this day and age, you at least reply to an email, even if you’re not interested, right? Or am I the only one that replies to emails?

The sponsor PDF is almost done. We’re just running thru the spelling and grammar in it, since lets face it, I’m not the best guy when it comes to grammar and spelling :)

Also met with two awesome people from Uzbekistan last saturday, turned out that a friend worked with an Uzbek™, so I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to pick his brain about the country and … well … drink a beer or two of course. I got a lot o information, and some clarifications on certain things I didn’t really understand. All in all, a good night, and I hope to hook up with Timu more. They promised to help me with the Russian too when I’m a bit further down the road learning it. Awesome! :)

First big meeting about the mongol rally 2013 is over, and also “есть”!

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Last night, we had our first meeting about the mongol rally 2013, where all team members got to meet each other, shake hands and fall in love.

We started out talking about this and that while have some food and beers, and then continuing to have a few more beers while watching the Mongol Rally DVD and REALLY getting in the mood.

In order to not get overwhelmed by all the things that has to be done, we decided to have a meeting once/month, and at these meetings decide on things that has/had to be done by next meeting. But again, not too many things, so that people get stressed or anything like that. God forbid!

So for the next meeting, all the press material and sponsor material shall be done (actually, that shit should be done yesterday). And also, Christian and Jompe has been put in charge of getting us 2 cars. Most probably by going down to Germany and picking them up, since it’s way cheaper, and they have good beer :)

Instead of trying to raise money for 2 cars, we’ve decided to buy them ourself, and try and make that money back after we get the cars. Feels like the sponsors will see it more like “this is for real”, if we can show them that rally will happen, with or without their help (tho, preferably with their help).

Me and Christian also introduced the team uniforms, or, some parts of it. Everyone tried them on for size so that we know which sizes to order. We’re going for The Life Aquatic, meets Ghostbusters, meets Deliverance. Yes.

… meeting was done by 9.30PM, and I was in bed by 10.30PM. I’m such an old man I am.

The russian teaching is going so so. I know how to say man, woman, boys, eat and drink. All which will probably be very handy during the trip :)

Soft start.

Disk3018Even tho the sponsor proposals are not entirely done yet, and same goes for the press kit we’re working on, we have started emailing possible sponsors on the list, asking them for help, and shortly telling our story. Hopefully these sponsors might be able to help us out, and it gives us the necessary education on how to talk to people about what we’re doing (none of us are salesmen, so we can use some trail and error education here dude).

Remember to be honest, transparent and sincere, this is very important (not only here, but also in all aspects of your life).

I picked up some Russian language teaching books, and some russian hiphop, so soon I’ll be fluent in this language of yours Boris!

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