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Going to school (Liceo Montessori, La Paz)


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During our longer stay at La Paz we wanted to immerse our kids into a local community. While they enjoyed a lot meeting new friends at every campsite, we felt (and they said) that they would love to have longer friendships too.

So we looked for a school they could join and we found Liceo Montessori at La Paz. They went there with very limited Spanish skills and enjoyed the days regardless. They picked up a lot, now they speak for me at fuel stations and campsites, translate numbers and basic sentences without hesitation.

On the first week the school had a special camping weekend for parents and kids and guess what: the location was the same campsite we stayed at! So basically we welcomed the whole school at our temporary home! Our kids were beyond excited. The teachers organised fun games for parents and children, and the highlight was the huge campfire, with singing and roasting marshmallow!

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On their last day before our journey continued they went on an excursion to a navak military base of La Paz. They climbed on to airplanes and helicopters, they even watched a demonstration of how soldiers were working in a 5 meter deep pool, jumping into the water and practicing how to get out, full with equipment and bags.

They liked a lot to learn again in a more formal setting and we are grateful for the school accepting them for a while!

Posted by divatmotoros 02:22 Archived in Mexico Tagged school lapaz liceomontessori Comments (0)

Childrens day in Hungary - and in Mexico for us

Altough in Mexico we have already celebrated childrens day at the end of April, in Hungary it was celebrated on the last Sunday of May. So we doubled it down to have some fun with our kids

As they are really into horseriding and farm animals it was an obvious choice to visit Rancho Don Gelasio just a few minutes from Campestre Marathana, our base in La Paz.

We even booked a horse riding session as a surprise. Not only the two elderly kids enjoyed, but the smallest monkey tried it as well! He was fascinated by the big variety of animals and ever since he mimics the sounds of every single one: ducks, pigs, sheeps, horses, cows, a rooster, turkeys and rabbits.

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Posted by divatmotoros 06:19 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Cool campers #6

A series of cool camping vehicles we met.

This vehicle is a boondocker's dream! The owner is creating amazing conceptual photography and he travels the world in his RV. It was custom built in the Netherlands and he can stay off- grid for three weeks in a row! Big water tanks, big batteries and solar panels on the roof, two big fridges and a heated bed are the special features he wanted to have. He is very conscious about nature and conserving resources.

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Dos Mares 500 off road desert race

The off road race runs across the desert from La Paz to San Jose Del Cabo, a 305 km rush over sand dunes and cactuses, mostly in the dark!

The show started with a parade over the Malecon whoch attracted a large crowdy including us.

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After the show-start the timed start happened early afternoon, about 30 kms North of La Paz. The participants races all night to the 300 kms finish line. We have picked a nearby spot in the desert to watch as they raced away.

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Posted by divatmotoros 16:41 Archived in Mexico Tagged desert mexico offroad racing Comments (0)

Cool Campers #5

A series of cool camping vehicles we met.

How about a really special couple with an equally special travel rig? Claudia and Thomas (Dubu and more...) are from Switzerland. They have always loved to travel and to discover new countries and cultures. They converted an ex-military vehicle and you have to smile looking at it, it looks so nice and happy!

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DURO (Durable Robust) was a series of wheeled, multi-purpose military transport vehicles produced by MOWAG, developed for Switzerland. Their vehicle was a radio signal processing unit and it was fully rebuilt for global offroad journey.

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Cool Campers #4

A series of cool camping vehicles we met.

We met another Cool Camper at La Paz! "Basically Nomads" was built by Devin and Breanna, they live full-time in a 2001 Bluebird school bus.

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Bus Model: 2001 Bluebird tc3000
Dimensions: 39ft by 8ft (11,8 meter x 2,4 meter)
Square footage: Roughly 300 sq ft (29 m2)
Custom built, finished in 2018

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The Basically Nomads bus features a bedroom with a queen size bed, a bunk area for guests, and a fully tiled shower area with a slight roof raise. Other key features are a high end gaming PC desk space and double couches that transform into a large bed. They also have the ability to go completely off grid with a 740 watts of solar and a 100 gallon water tank!

They have a cool webshop with different branded goods worth checking!

Posted by divatmotoros 23:32 Archived in Mexico Tagged coolcampers Comments (0)

Cool Campers #3

A series of cool camping vehicles we met.

We met Team Bodyduck at La Paz too and it was funny! I started to follow their facebook page. They met with another Hungarian travellers we follow for a long time, Ferenc and Evelin from Overlandsite.

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Team Bodyduck had Swiss plates and we were happy to spot their cool offroad truck in La Paz. So we walked to them and started talking in English, assuming they were Swiss (due to the licence plate). What a surprise when they responded in Hungarian! They did a fantastic journey so far including far North in Alaska and now thry are heading further South. Worth following their adventures too!

Watch their fantastic video on a dirt road in Utah!

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Cool Campers #2

A series of cool camping vehicles we met.

If you do not want to leave right after watching this video of Akela then camping is really not for you. I watched their truck in awe and then my jaws dropped when I found their video too:

Talking to the a Austrian couple at the campsite they told that it is their 2nd circumnavigation! They started from Austria and drove to Australia in their first section, now we met in Mexico, La Paz. After six years on the road it is tough sometimes, but the memories are priceless. The truck is originally from 1977. A cool camper indeed!

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Posted by divatmotoros 01:46 Archived in Mexico Tagged 1977 coolcampers Comments (0)

Cool Campers #1

A series of cool camping vehicles we met.

In this series I will share some pics and technical details of cool camper vans, RVs and trailers we met. Let's start with a beautiful Barth bus from 1994. At first I thought it was fully restored but then chatting with the owner I realised it was in its original condition. I really liked the colors and the paint of it. Light blue stripes, exactly the same color I painted my trackracing motorbike 15 years ago. I also liked the small details like the flat front grille and the square headlights.

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Let's review the brief history of Barth from Tin Can Tourists, the "Original Vintage Trailer and Camper Club" :

"Although relatively few Barth motorhomes were manufactured, the Barth name is well known among aficionados of high-end motorhomes. The company’s history can be traced to Bob Barth, who owned the Beeline Trailer Company. In 1963, Barth left Beeline to form the Barth Trailer Company, which was founded on the principle of building quality all-aluminum travel trailers. At the time, many travel trailers and almost all mobile homes used a wood frame with aluminum sheathing. Barth produced his all-aluminum trailers in his Milford, Indiana, factory from 1963 until 1968, when he sold the company to Mike Umbaugh.

Umbaugh, whose business experience was in banking and not RVs, saw the Barth Company as a solid investment opportunity. Immediately after acquiring the company, Umbaugh changed the focus from travel trailers (which he eventually phased out in 1970) to the growing motorhome market. Rather than try to compete with companies like Winnebago and GMC that sold a relatively affordable product, Umbaugh decided to produce a high-end motorhome for upscale buyers.

The Barth Company never produced more than 300 units per year, many of which were custom designed for the owners. Barth’s sales plummeted during and after the 1973 energy crisis as did the sales of all motorhomes. The company emerged from the crisis and altered its long-term vision by dedicating itself to manufacturing custom coaches designed for commercial purposes like mobile offices, medical support vehicles, dental labs, libraries, and remote TV production units. Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, Barth continued to manufacture motorhomes and specialized motor coaches but eventually ceased operations.

In 1998, the company’s assets were sold to Keith Leatherman, owner of Leatherman Construction, who intended to revive the company. Leatherman spent approximately half a million dollars retooling manufacturing equipment and making plans to move the factory to Albion, Indiana, but due to a lack of orders, he officially pulled the plug on February 13, 2001."

There is another interesting website (also quite old school, like the motorhome itself) at http://www.barthmobile.com/ where owners exchange information and tips, organize meetups and document sightings of this classic motorhome.

Posted by divatmotoros 05:24 Archived in Mexico Tagged rv motorhome 1994 coolcampers barth Comments (0)

One year of Camping - the book

We were a bit more quiet recently on this blog for a good reason. We were writing, editing, rewriting and re-editing the stories of the trip of our lifetime.

THE BOOK IS READY!! You can download it on the links below!,

"One Year of Camping - The Guide to Plan Your Escape".

It is part handbook for those people, who are travelers at heart but did not make the big step yet. Moreover it has our favorite tips and the best (and ugliest) stories of our trip. Here is a peek preview of the cover:

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You can grab your copy in English or in Hungarian! See the links below:

English ebook: One Year Of Camping - Plan Your Escape

Magyar e-könyv: Egy év lakókocsiban - Szökés a szürke hétköznapokból

Posted by divatmotoros 05:00 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

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