Dear friends, thank you very much for the cozy farewell drink last night, and also thanks for the many books, liquorice and stroopwafels! I left at 12:15 this afternoon with destination Koksijde, Belgium.
Today is all about packing, washing and cleaning up. And of course drinks! Tonight from 20:00 hours onwards farewell drinks at Café ‘t Stoplicht!
This is a useful list of how to cross African borders undamaged and without too much hassle.
You can not have failed to notice that, within three weeks, I will be leaving for Africa with the Yellow Monster for a year. Via the west route; Morocco, Senegal, Mali and then onwards to South Africa.
In a part of West Africa, Ebola currently prevails, you can not have failed to notice that either. There are not enough resources to decisively combat the disease. Doctors Without Borders can make good use of any financial donation! I have already done my contribution, but would also like to persuade you, so a small promotion:
Transfer at least € 20 and I send you a postcard during my trip.
Transfer at least € 50 and I send you a small souvenir during my trip.
Send me a message with a screenshot of your transfer to Doctors Without Borders and your address then you can expect African mail in the coming year!
Another useful and instructive day with the Yellow Monster in the workshop. The engine got clean oil, and the valve clearances are adjusted. I did not take pictures, but this video gives an impression.
Has the ebola crisis in Nigeria just ended, now Mali is infected, the West-Africa route is pretty unlikely if this outbreak in Mali spreads 🙁
Already for some time every Sunday on the Dutch TV channel NPO 2, this very interesting documentary series Dwars door Afrika is broadcasted. I always watch it on demand, so also this evening about Angola. If you watch this you’ll get confident that it is going to be all right with Africa. I especially liked the last part of the documentary in which victims of landmines mines get to speak.
My job for today was sandblasting four steel rims for the Yellow Monster. Coming days a paint job and then new tires next week. Hereby the before and after of the blasting.