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Most of you have known us for years, some of you we might have just met and there might be some of you who landed on this website and we haven’t met (yet).

For those of you we have never met, we are Jon and Jude and at the moment we live in Esk, a small town west of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

We are currently in the process of building our dream car and for this purpose we have bought a Land Rover Defender 130, a red one. She will be modified over the coming months as we are converting her into a 4wd campervan. We will be documenting the process and progress here on this website so please sign up for the newsletter if you want to be kept updated about our progress.

Jon and Jude overlooking Wilpena Pound

Jon and Jude overlooking Wilpena Pound, South Australia

A bit of our history

Way back in 2003 we moved to Australia for the first time, and lived in Perth (5 years), then Adelaide (1 year), back to Perth (for another 2 years), and then Brisbane (also for 2 years). During this time we tried very hard to see as much of Australia as we could, and only occasionally left Oz to explore other places in the world.

In 2013 however, we took a year off and drove our white Land Rover Defender 110 (Lara) from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Europe (via Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, France and Belgium to end up in The Netherlands and the UK for xmas dinner with our families).

breakfast at Lake Karakol

Jon and Jude having breakfast at Lake Karakol, Tajikistan

We decided to blog about that journey and, as we moved from Brisbane to Kenya (in 2014) soon after the trip, we decided to keep the blog going and keep writing about our continuing adventures.

In 2016 we moved to another East African country and called Tanzania home for three years. So after sharing the amazing sites of Kenya, we had the incredible opportunity to also discover what Tanzania had to offer. We managed to nearly visit every corner of this enormous country, but also ventured outside its borders to check out some more of the African continent.

During our five years living in East Africa we managed trips to Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, the Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Tunisia and Zambia. Add to that the few countries we had already been to prior to moving to East Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Egypt, Ghana (Jude only), Morocco (Jon only), Nigeria (Jon only), Mauritius, and of course Kenya and Tanzania), and it brings the total number of countries visited in Africa to 20 (22 for Jon). Not even half of the total (54), so we will have to come back to check out the remaining 34…

After our 5 years in East Africa, we moved back again to Brisbane at the end of 2019 and spent nearly 1.5 years there before we settled in Esk (QLD) to work on the red Land Rover Defender 130 (Lara).

another gorgeous sunset in Africa

another gorgeous sunset in Kenya

We are always happy to help. If you have any questions (for example about our overland trip, or about our current built), please leave us a comment and we will get back to you!

Hopefully at some point we will share some adventures with you and we will write about it here!

Jon & Jude

Looking for information about our big overland trip from Malaysia to Europe, or want to know how to use our menu?

We have tried to make it easy to find stuff on this website. Under ‘blog‘ you will find all posts we have ever written in reverse chronological order (newest at the top). But under ‘stuff we enjoy‘ you can select what you are interested in and it will filter only the relevant posts from that long list of posts.

For example, if you are interested in the planning phase of our big overland trip, select ‘overlanding‘ and then ‘planning & preparation‘. Or if you want to read all our information about each country we drove through, select ‘overlanding‘ and then ‘countries‘. Look at the individual country or click on ‘country info‘ where all the countries we drove through are listed. This includes information on border crossings, fuel, sim cards, food, road quality, etc.

If you are more interested in which races we have done, go to ‘events and races‘ and click on the type of event you are interested in (for example ‘adventure racing‘ or ‘cycling‘)

Our holidays and bigger trips can all be found under ‘holidays & expeditions‘.

And of course we have created a category ‘Africa‘ where you can read about all our African adventures… or select ‘fun in Australia‘ if you prefer to read about the things we have done, and are doing, in Oz.

We also have a menu option ‘birds of the world‘. That’s where we try to keep a record of all the birds we have seen in the different areas we lived (Africa, Europe and Australia).

And of course we now have a separate menu for ‘Lara‘ as we will be transforming her into a 4wd campervan and most of the upcoming blog posts will be about her.

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