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How to use this website

How to use this website

This site currently has three sections, shown in the top right corner of the page, wherever you are on the site: The 2009-11 section will eventually contain all our posts from the original SnailTrails around-(some of)-the-world tour. Project Sail documents our adventures on the water. And the Sahel link – you guessed it – brings you to posts on Senegal and surroundings. If you click on one of these links, the site will show only posts from that section, in…

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New SnailTrails adventures in Senegal

New SnailTrails adventures in Senegal

Greetings from Dakar, Senegal ! A new adventure has begun with our arrival in Dakar, Senegal a little over a week ago! A bit of housekeeping first: updates on our West African experiences will be posted into the “Sahel” section of the site (you can find the link here and in the top right of the page). For privacy and security reasons, some posts will be password-protected. In the meantime, we’re exploring the city of Dakar, located on the most Western…

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SnailTrails – the return!

SnailTrails – the return!

Or: SnailTrails – reborn! Or rather: SnailTrails – the awakening! Because, in fact, the snails never really left our lives, were never really gone. Just maybe a little asleep for a while… The awakening serves two concrete purposes: this blog will first of all make accessible again the contents of the SnailTrails website that documented our 2009-2011 adventure criss-crossing the Americas and Africa aboard Archie, our modified Land-Rover Defender. People have asked us where they can access all the posts…

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The winter season…

The winter season…

Outside my home office, snow flakes blow past as winter has Belgium (and most of Western Europe) firmly in its grips. Our yearly January sailing trip to the Canary Islands has become the latest victim of the COVID pandemic: with a lot of luck, we might have gotten there, chartered a boat and returned while conforming with shifting sanitary constraints. But the hassle – and the risk to catch the d… bug – dissuaded us. Meanwhile, the extraordinary Vendée Globe…

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From copper to silver (Oct. 2009)

From copper to silver (Oct. 2009)

As our faithful readers know by now, this trip exposes the traveler to contrasts of many types. After many weeks in deserts and on Pacific beaches, we conquered the mountainous plateaus of the central Sierra (see our last post from the Copper Canyon) on our way to the colonial cities surrounding Mexico City. Our craving for “culture” was entirely satisfied by extensive strolls through the likes of Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro, Morelia, with their elaborate…

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Barrancas del Cobre (Sept. 2009)

Barrancas del Cobre (Sept. 2009)

Our friends in the Luxembourg Land-Rover Club would be proud of us: after convincing us to make the trip in a Land-Rover and taking us to a few off-road training outings in and around Luxembourg, we felt ready for what was waiting for us in the Barranca del Cobre, the Copper Canyon National Park in Nort-West central Mexico. Usually, people take a posh tourist train from Los Mochis (Sinaloa province) to Creel (Chihuahua province): a feat of railroad engineering, it makes…

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