Flash news – Dude, where’s my camera?

Hello girls and boys and all the others.

We have a good and a bad news. The good one is that we are in Addis Ababaxxx le capital of Ethiopia, that we are all right and that we are being hosted in a nice flat, with unlimited hot sower (first since weeks, maybe months), a kitchen, Internet, electricity, and a beautiful view on the surrounding mountains. It’s Ronen a cool dude found on Couchsurfing who welcomed us for few days, and we can finally rest after our recent adventures rather difficult.

And the bad one, we got stolen and we lost our two cameras. No no ladies and gentlemen, not one, but our two cameras. We were walking on the road on our way to hitchhike out of the city of Kembolcha when a tuk-tuk stopped and proposed to bring us a bit further for free. Rémi hopped in the front while Arthur was in the back with two other guys and our backpacks. The two guys discretely opened the pockets of our two small backpacks on which we usually always keep a close eye on, and they took our two cameras, a recorder and phone charger.

As we were saying in our last flash new we arrived in Africa where our travelling style is not working as well as we would like. We really are the white men whom a good part of the locals tries to draw out anything they can from us and to take advantage of us. Just a day after the cameras got stolen, it’s a kid this time that searched Rémi’s pocket and achieved to take his phone, before we noticed and managed to get it back.

In fact the true bad news is that we fell we cannot trust anybody and that we cannot travel the way we want, adding to it that we lost all our pictures of Ethiopia and that we don’t have a camera for the continuation of the trip.

To celebrate this event we decided to create a new category : Stolen Items.

But be careful don’t panic! Once we forget about all the things that make the journey difficult we are really happy to be here, to drink beer at the bar for 0,5€ the pint, to get into cars that disappeared since long time in Europe and to be invited for coffee ceremonies.

Ciao dear pizzas.

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Flash news – Where is Fil Topo?

We lost our buddy…

Fil Topo left us in Jordan. During more than six months we carried him around, to the left, to the right, promising him to bring him to see the elephants in Africa. It is a brilliant failure because we lost him just before he even touched the African continent. He was with us during the hike in Wadi Dana (Dana Valley) and all of a sudden he had disappeared.

Kidnapped? Maybe his teenage crisis made him do stupid stuff? Or maybe he simply took a Jordanian camel for an elephant and went with him?

We think a lot about him and of course we give a reward to anybody that help us finding him. Please contact us.

Ciao our buddy, the spirit of our travel group.

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Flash news – Dude, where’s my backpack?

Hey to all the Fresh Cheese Lovers,

We have a good and a bad news. The good one first: it had been a little while that we were telling ourselves that we should travel lighter, but we could never take the decision of throwing stuff away, and we were actually accumulating more and more. But now it is done, we have between 15 and 20 kilos less!

The bad news is that it is for a bad reason… Yes, while Arthur’s backpack was quietly sleeping at the end of a music festival on the beach, he has been kidnapped! Arthur and Rémi tried for a big part of the night to find him between the dunes, the same the next day, even going to the closest city. Nothing important was lost, only clothes, sleeping bag, the speakers, some personal souvenirs and especially the backpack itself.

After giving up the search, we went to the police station to get offered sandwiches and a sleeping bag while doing our loss declaration.« What is the name of your father? What is the name of your mother? What is your religion? ». Euh, no religion. « No, I’m asking, what is your religion: Jew, Christian, Muslim, Arab? » (You will notice that Arab is a religion for the police officer). No religion, atheist. It seemed to confuse him. « This is my name on Facebook, and if you have a problem, just let me know, or call me. Have a nice trip guys ».

Bad night of sleep, and another good suprise when we notice the day after that the screen of Rémi’s computer is broken and that we need to replace it.

A good week-end for UTDS POWAAAAA!!

For the next days, going to the computer repair places and second hand shops in Tel Aviv in Israel !

And then we will go to float on the Dead Sea.

Kikisses to you,

Raflure, Flémi, and Bill Topo.

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