LIORA

It all starts with a quick safety check. A beautiful, young woman checks my passport and asks a few informative questions. To make sure I don’t drown in her beautiful eyes there is a man standing next to her with a big machine gun and a very serious look on his face. Joking is definitely … More LIORA

SALIM

After avoiding several tourist traps for three days, I believe it was time to go further north. I just had one stop on the road, Little Petra. As you can already guess from it’s name, it’s a bit smaller than Petra but it’s still worth a stop. It’s cold and foggy. After a few kilometres … More SALIM

LAKIM

The next morning I’m riding towards Petra, that other touristic highlight in Jordan. On my way out of Wadi Rum I see a guy walking along the desert road. I ask him if he needs to be somewhere. Lakim is his name. “I have to be at the train station!” he tells me. “excuse me, … More LAKIM

FAHID

The Jordan’s part of the border handles everything very swift. We pay a temporary import tax for the bikes and we get a free visa. It’s already dark when we ride into Aqaba. The first thing I’ve planned for us is a short Burger King visit. Although Willem used to be a big opponent of … More FAHID

SAUDI WOMEN

This is a tribute to the unknown Saudi woman ( and also towels). We could only spend three days in the Wahabistic desert state. That’s apparently not long enough to see one single woman (or towel). Finding hitchhikers was also a big problem in this petrol-run country. Saudi-Arabia is a strange country. We enter the … More SAUDI WOMEN

MOHAMMED (SALAMI)

I’m in the middle of a stand-off with our involuntary, shady “fixer”. Everybody, cars and people, are boarding the ship and we’re about to miss our boat. But all of a sudden a guy in a blue overall and an impressive amount of chest hair walks up to us. He introduces himself as Mohammed Salami, … More MOHAMMED (SALAMI)

MUTOWOKIL

In Suakin, 60km south from Port Sudan, we have to catch our ferry to Jeddah. Several little travel agencies along the road to the port sell tickets. Buying them should be a piece of cake, but nobody speaks a word of English. It takes ages to find out a price and a departure date and … More MUTOWOKIL