The awesome people at Redber Coffee Roasters are supporting us for the rally! Thanks to them we will travel with expertly roasted, delicious coffee sourced directly from coffee farms to keep us going.
They were founded in Guildford in 2012 and have since expanded to a bigger workshop with four roasters. They are a great bunch doing a lot of work with charities and cater to homebrewers and businesses alike. You can swing by their place in Merrow Depot Industrial Park (GU4 7BQ) for a taste of their coffee. All of their coffees are freshly roasted to order for you! While you're there you can also pick up any "coffee peripherals" you might need such as machines, filter paper etc. Visit them on: www.redber.co.uk
We have made some progress on visas! Hooray! However the russian one is still missing for both of us and Leon is still missing his iranian visa. But progress is progress! And I feel we can already share some lessons learnt:
1. Try to apply together in the same consulate
Due to Leon being in Austria this isnt possible for us and boy does that make it more difficult! Although the rules should(!) be the same wherever you apply, some consulates definitely are more strict than others. In our experience the staff in the london consulate is very helpful and friendly and we would definitely recommend doing it in London if you have the choice!
2. Be prepared for un-anticipated requirements
When Leon went to get his chinese visa we did all the research ahead of time, but then discovered once he was there that he needed a booked flight ticket despite that not being on the list of required documentation! Combine that with having to drive 3.5 hours one way to the consulate which was only open for another 3 hours and the pressure was on! Thank god for credit cards! :D
3. Do the work yourself!
There are many agencies out there that will help you with your visa applications (for a fee , of course!) but in the end they still have to get all the information from you to fill out the same forms! So just do it yourself and save yourself some money. It will help you stay on top of your planning and documentation as well. And who doesnt want to have their friends passportnumber and expiry date memorised!
Hello Guys! This is our choice of car! An Opel Agila from 2001 which seems to be running okay. Her name is Agatha and apparently shes a bit rusty but did pass an MOT recently! Shes been very busy in her life clocking in at 250 thousand kilometers! Oh well what is another 16 thousand....
Shes not super roomy but for our purposes it will have to do. We are getting a roof rack for sure! Our friend Dan is very kindly going to teach us how she works and what can (will!) go wrong on our trip. Currently Leon is driving Agatha around in Austria to get used to her and for us to find any issues with her.
We hope to use this blog to show a little what goes into preparing for the rally and why we made certain choices etc. But first a little status report where we are at the moment and what we are planning to blog about in the future.
We have selected the "southern route" for our trip. Meaning were going through the stans instead of Russia to get to Mongolia. However, we have a couple of little extras planned for our route which we will explain in further detail in another blog.
Agatha was only bought two weeks ago and requires a good look-over and some modifications before she's ready for the big trip! That will be another blog planned for the end of June.
We are currently 2/5 for Visas which is the most nerve-wracking of our problems at the moment! There are some intricacies to Visa applications which we will also talk about in the near future.
Once Agatha has been all pimped out we also need make sure we are properly equipped for our journey! Once we have a list of everything we intend on taking we will share that here as well!
And there will be various smaller topics along the way.... Hope our blog will be both informative and interesting for you!
Also to all potential sponsors and donators reading this, please do get in touch! The Mongol Rally is a charitable event and we are hoping to raise more than the mandatory £1000 for the awesome Cool Earth charity fighting climate change!
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