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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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Into the Jungle, November 2009

Into the Jungle, November 2009

As I’m writing this, we sit under a palapa (roof made of palm tree leaves) to protect the computers from the tropical downpour in the jungle surrounding the Mayan ruins of Palenque in Chiapas. The howler monkeys seem to have taken refuge somewhere as well, we can’t hear their Jurassic Park – style utterings any more. Typically for the Snailtrails team, we didn’t take the straight route from Oaxaca, where we spend a week-end witnessing the “Dia de los Muertos”…

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Dia de los Muertos, Oaxaca, November 2009

Dia de los Muertos, Oaxaca, November 2009

The days when the dead return… We spend the weekend of November 1 and 2 in the lovely city of Oaxaca (Oaxaca) where we take part in the celebration of the most important and at the same time most macabre ‘fiesta’ in Mexico: the ‘Days of the Death’ (Dias de los Muertos)… According to an old Indian legend the death is not the end of human life – but transfers the spirit to a parallel world. From there the deceased…

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Mexico City & Teotihuacan, October 2009

Mexico City & Teotihuacan, October 2009

Mexico keeps surprising us, and its capital was no exception. It was not without a certain amount of apprehension that we took a bus into one of the largest cities in the world, having been warned of traffic, crime, pollution and influenza… Mexico city probably has all of these, air pollution being the most visible.  Despite these characteristics, which are shared by many large metropolitan areas, Mexico is a very livable and diverse city with many decentralized neighborhoods, residential areas,…

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An ocean but no boats…

An ocean but no boats…

High time to post something in the sailing section of the blog. After all, we’ve been living next to the Atlantic ocean for some four months now. One of the upsides of being posted to Dakar it seemed was its location inside the Atlantic ocean and the existence – according to Google – of several yacht clubs and marinas. Alas, after some exploration and discussion with expats here, only one of the clubs is still in existence, but reduced to…

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