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Daily Journals
During the expedition we will live to see a lot of adventures. Interested in how we live through this expedition and how we managed to succeed in our plans. Here you can read our daily adventures! Enjoy!
  / / Woensdag 5 November 2003
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Boring can be beautiful
Boring can be beautiful, we did not know that. . The road from Urumqi to Lanzhou in West-China runs in a straight line through the desert. Sometimes the deserted landscape is broken by a dusty little town or a tollgate with a petrolstation. Boring you would say after driving hour after hour and seeing completely nothing. But as it is completely different from what we have in Holland (one of the densely populated countries in the world) we love it. The straight road gives us the possibilities to dream away instead of focussing on the tarmac. A nice change and michel even comes up with the idea of placing a brick on the gaspedal and a rope to the steeringwheel and let the countyside pass by.

As we are approaching the end of the trip we also dream about the future. What will it bring¡­ what kind of job (in television maybe??) We exchange thoughts and within no-time we realise we have plenty ideas! Maybe we should update our curriculum tonight!

We turn off the main road and head south towards Dunhuang. This road is less okay and has some treacherous bumps in it. A few times we have to cash some huge bumps and feel like good old shaky stevens. But then we hear a loud crack. We are afraid that it¡¯s the steering stabilizer again but a quick inspection reveal nothing. We continue bumping around at 50 k an hour and reach Dunhuang safely. When we get out of the car we feel like two mc¡¯donald milkshakes.

Finding a cheap place to stay in China is always a pain in the ¡­.. . (even with a Chinese speaking guide) Finding a relatively cheap and clean hotel that allows foreigners is not always that easy. When we find one on the main street that looks nice, Elles starts the negotiation. After quite a discount we can choose between two rooms. The cheap one without heating on the second floor or the more expensive one on the first floor. We¡¯ll take the cheap one as we have good sleeping bags, Elles decides. But then the trouble starts. When she asks if she can see the room the receptionist explains those rooms are not in use anymore. But why did you offer that one to me? The girl replies with a straight face she has only expensive rooms, ignoring Elles her question completely. Can we take the more expensive room without heating? Meiyou, wich means no? What about the cheap rooms, can we use them anyway? Again, Meiyou. I guess we are finished here¡­ and Elles gives up.

But michel decided to give it a last try and turns to the lady. Okay.. no more Chinese philosophies¡­.can we use the cheap rooms, he asks with a smile? No, is the answer again. What about the expensive rooms.. can we get them for a lower price if we don¡¯t use the heating? If he hears no again he gives up as well and thanks the lady for her offer. But when we leave the girl calls us back. Do you like the expensive room without heating for a low price? We can¡¯t believe what she just said. Euuhh well yes please.. we want that. (didn¡¯t we just ask for this????) We can¡¯t get the logic of it anymore. Tired we unpack the car and crash on the expensive for cheap room
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23/10/2001   Return to the Golden Temple
10/01/2002   Pamukkale
10/02/2003   Sponsordag!
11/02/2003   Autorai, here we come!
14/02/2003   Reacties op de Carp
15/02/2003   Clubdag, VCT2
16/02/2003   AutoRai een groot succes!
17/02/2003   Project bus deel 1.
18/02/2003   Interview Radio M!
19/02/2003   Geïnterviewd door Radio M!
24/02/2003   Met de bus naar Hot Rod in Doesburg
25/02/2003   Drivetheplanet in Talkshow!
01/03/2003   Guest in Talkshow!
02/03/2003   Een zondag zonder zon?
03/03/2003   Stichting in oprichting!
04/03/2003   De eerste slapeloze nacht...
06/03/2003   Stichting Drivetheplanet
07/03/2003   Catch me if you can
09/03/2003   Volkswagen beurs een groot succes!
12/03/2003   De chinese kapper.
14/03/2003   Drivetheplanet on television!?
17/03/2003   Showdown on Iraq.
20/03/2003   Breaking news.
24/03/2003   News from Australia!
26/03/2003   Drivetheplanet.com soon on Television!!
28/03/2003   Our first television broadcast!
31/03/2003   Our feelings..
01/04/2003   healthy meals and rainy days
04/04/2003   Household Fair 2003
09/04/2003   Where to go?
10/04/2003   Engine finished!
12/04/2003   Couch potatoes....
14/04/2003   Reïncarnation
16/04/2003   Bullbar in progress
17/04/2003   Another Busy day
21/04/2003   Easter eggs!
22/04/2003   Vaccinations
25/04/2003   Tyres and Murphy’s Law!
01/05/2003   Queensnight 2003
04/05/2003   Races against aids
05/05/2003   MP3's and bodywork
10/05/2003   Only one week to go...
12/05/2003   mp3's and some bodywork
13/05/2003   Camera training and stickers on the bus!
15/05/2003   shop till you drop
16/05/2003   packing and cleaning
17/05/2003   Departure time!
18/05/2003   Internet in Paris
20/05/2003   The man with the golden heart
21/05/2003   drivetheplanet meets the Arc The Triomphe!
22/05/2003   CHAMPAGNE!!!
23/05/2003   Champagne part 2
24/05/2003   Worldchampion snoring
26/05/2003   La Route Napoleon
28/05/2003   The neighbour and the gorges du verdon
30/05/2003   Towards the mother of all grand prix, Monaco
01/06/2003   Menton
02/06/2003   Oldtimer Love & Italia
03/06/2003   Bugfeast and back in time!
04/06/2003   Verona
06/06/2003   Romantic Venice on a budget
07/06/2003   Route decisions
08/06/2003   Costa!
09/06/2003   Romance galore!
11/06/2003   With the bus on the ferry to greece!
12/06/2003   Ignition problems in Patras
13/06/2003   Olympia
14/06/2003   Nafplio
15/06/2003   Nafplio citadel
16/06/2003   Driving in Athens,
18/06/2003   Pickpockets!
19/06/2003   Free camping and the naked shower
20/06/2003   Free camping how it is...
21/06/2003   The oracle of Delphi
23/06/2003   Climbing at Meteora
24/06/2003   Flying carpets and James Bond
25/06/2003   The weather gods
27/06/2003   Climbing Mt Olympus
29/06/2003   The one shoe clan
01/07/2003   Small Ville
02/07/2003   Bordercrossing wýth Turkey
05/07/2003   Istanbul, gateway to the orient
06/07/2003   The Sultan Revenge
07/07/2003   Our first visit to a SOS-Childrens Village
09/07/2003   Turkish Hospitality
11/07/2003   Entertain us!
12/07/2003   Surfing adventure with the bus
13/07/2003   Kiskalesi
14/07/2003   Honeymoonen in Cappadocia.
15/07/2003   Moonwalking
16/07/2003   Kapadokya Balloons
17/07/2003   The road to Erzurum
18/07/2003   Latest Fashion News
19/07/2003   Camera Lost!
21/07/2003   Elles in a turkish bathhouse
22/07/2003   Our Iranian Visa
23/07/2003   The walking toilet
24/07/2003   Roadblocked
25/07/2003   Overlanders & car update
26/07/2003   Iran!!
27/07/2003   Freecamping at Elgoli
28/07/2003   Takht e Soleiman
29/07/2003   Mister Talkveryfast
31/07/2003   Stuck in Tehran
01/08/2003   Waiting and waiting
02/08/2003   Meeting the ambassador of Pakistan
03/08/2003   Soup
05/08/2003   The holy shrine
06/08/2003   Hubble Bubble
07/08/2003   Hotel Abassi
09/08/2003   Sandtornado!
10/08/2003   Yazd
12/08/2003   Car trouble remains
13/08/2003   Problemsolvers!
14/08/2003   Persepolis
15/08/2003   Wedding proposal
17/08/2003   Pakistani desert storm
19/08/2003   Road to Quetta
20/08/2003   A thousand images
21/08/2003   broken fuel line in tribal area
22/08/2003   The river wild!
23/08/2003   The long haul to Lahore
24/08/2003   The prophets underwear
25/08/2003   SOS-Children’s Villages Lahore
26/08/2003   Bizar flagceremony at border
27/08/2003   The golden temple
28/08/2003   Sweating
29/08/2003   King Kong Michael
30/08/2003   Michel & The palmreader...
01/09/2003   FReak Travellers
02/09/2003   Shitloads of toiletpaper
03/09/2003   To the heart of the Himalaya
04/09/2003   Holy cows and crazy horses
05/09/2003   High Altitude
06/09/2003   Desperate measures
06/09/2003   Desperate measures
06/09/2003   Desperate measures
06/09/2003   Desperate measures
07/09/2003   Cloudwalking
08/09/2003   Drivetheplanet on Indian Television
09/09/2003   Michael Knight
10/09/2003   Holy men and Yoga!
12/09/2003   Titanic
13/09/2003   A dead mans visit
14/09/2003   A hospitals emergency ward
15/09/2003   Car Damaged!
16/09/2003   a baby friendly hospital
17/09/2003   A difficult decision
18/09/2003   A burning sensation
19/09/2003   A dead man floating
20/09/2003   SOS-Children Village Varanasi
21/09/2003   The masterpiece of India
23/09/2003   Return to the Golden Temple
24/09/2003   30.000 meals
25/09/2003   Mister Daniels
26/09/2003   A Pakistani press conference
27/09/2003   A Pakistani wedding part 1
28/09/2003   Mister Daniels Part two
29/09/2003   A Pakistani wedding part 2
30/09/2003   Kasur!
01/10/2003   Leaving Lahore
02/10/2003   Return to the tribal area’s
03/10/2003   The horsemarket incident
04/10/2003   Guns of the Khyber Pass
05/10/2003   Inside an Afghan refugee camp
06/10/2003   Too much in a weeks time
07/10/2003   Very much lucky
09/10/2003   Into the himalayas
10/10/2003   It’s a strange night after all
11/10/2003   Changing weather conditions
12/10/2003   sunbathing on top of the car
13/10/2003   Cheap Chocolate Milk
14/10/2003   Nerve wrecking moments
15/10/2003   Gilgit to Hunza
16/10/2003   Waiting for the Japanese Ambassador
17/10/2003   Stonethrowing kids
18/10/2003   Invited by the Major of Gulmit
19/10/2003   What a wonderful world
21/10/2003   A personal benny
22/10/2003   Driving into China
23/10/2003   Sweet and Spicy China
24/10/2003   Lord of the ringtones
25/10/2003   Sleeping in the park
26/10/2003   Raiders of the lost Arch
27/10/2003   Animals everywhere
28/10/2003   Sometimes it is nice...
29/10/2003   A thousand buddha caves
30/10/2003   UFO¡¯s (unidentified food objects)
31/10/2003   Operation Desert Storm
01/11/2003   SOS Urumqi a warm hearted family
02/11/2003   The deserted city of Jiaohe
03/11/2003   Adoring the mummy...
04/11/2003   A Hidden Juwel
05/11/2003   Boring can be beautiful
06/11/2003   An impressive day at Dunhuang
07/11/2003   Mayhem on the road
08/11/2003   The end of the Great Wall
09/11/2003   First aid after an accident
10/11/2003   Elles, the Noodle Queen
11/11/2003   A difficult decision to make
12/11/2003   The public toilet of Ta-er Si
13/11/2003   Heaven on earth
14/11/2003   the screaming monster
15/11/2003   Foodpoisened!!
16/11/2003   Foodpoisening continues
17/11/2003   Wanna massage?
18/11/2003   The Terracotta Army, real or fake
19/11/2003   Shit happens
20/11/2003   Go see the doctor
21/11/2003   Communism of the past
22/11/2003   Crossing the yellow river
23/11/2003   Stepping back in time
24/11/2003   Raise the Red Lantern
26/11/2003   BEIJING, WE MADE IT
27/11/2003   Mao has gone commercial
28/11/2003   The pressconference
30/11/2003   Temple of heaven and the rubber lady
01/12/2003   The last village
02/12/2003   Shipping the car back home
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