Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A New Serie

As my trip is nearing it's end, I thought I share some information for those that are about to start their's. Here comes a new serie for the overlander. GBU: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the blue truck. Are you getting ready to prepare your car or truck for a larger trip? This is a guide to copy the good and, even more important not to make the same mistake I've made already.

o.k., o.k., I won't tell you how to do this, 'cause I am still working on that part myself.

In this new serie I will share some of the modifications I have done to my truck, things that have proven good, not so or even worse, that I would not do again. Things I bought, things I would not buy again and I will also let you know things that I would do different if I was to start all over again with getting my truck ready for a trip of over 4 years. Which I must admit, I did not plan. When I prepared the Toyota for my trip on the Americas I expected to travel for some one and a half, maximum two years, by now I am just ending the fourth heading into the fith year on the road.

But I'll tell you about that. The floor panel, an important part of your travelling vehicle, since you will attach most of the equipment that goes in your car on it. At least I did, because I do not like drilling holes in the original structure of my truck.

So, I will be working on some posts for the new GBU, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly serie and soon you'll find a link on the left hand menu on the blog that will take you exactly there, to those coming posts.

Rooftop tent vs. pop-up modification. You'll soon read about it on the GBU's of the blue truck.

Meanwhile if you want to see what I did and how the truck looked some years ago when I was working on it, click HERE to get to the photo gallery with comments on each picture.

All you really need for a bathroom, the OMG shower

So, if you are working on your future travelling car, or if you are not but interested what it would be like to do so, come back soon and read about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the blue truck.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Escadaria Selarón

"My work shall not be completed not before I am dead." This is what the artist Jorge Selarón said about his works at the Escadaria Selarón in Rio de Janeiros Lapa and Santa Teresa Barrio.

In 1990 Jorge began renovating the stairs that passed in front of his house in Rio. Originally he just wanted to renovate the stairs that were falling apart but before soon it became an art project for the artist. 

He startet collecting tile in the city's trash and at construction sites. At first he worked with green yello and blue colors as in the Brazilian Flag. But soon he expanded his colorful work and included many more colors in his works at the stairs. At first his neigbours were not all that excited about what he was doing. But they realized his work had become an obsession for the cronically broke artist.  

Jorge started selling more and more paintings to finance his work on the stairs. People started sponsering him with donations or even better for Selarón they brought him tiles he could work with. 

As the stairs became more and more known people from all over the world would drop by in Lapa were he was endlessly working with his tile and would bring him tiles from all over the world. And more and more Jorge's obsession became a work...

...of inernational character.

More colors and stranger tiles found their way to stairs in Rio.

On Selarón's steps the Swiss City of Basel lies right inbetween the Netherlands and Bermuda!

Jorge Selarón pictured and burned into a tile that he worked into his project.

As in his painted art, their appears always an african pregnant women, sometimes with Selarón's own head. While he was many times questioned about the story behind this strange portrait, he never talked about it much. "It is a problem from my past" was all that the artist who lived in more than 50 countries before settling in Rio said. . 

Do you know the Lady?

.Alaskan tiles and 

...Swiss chocolate...

...and greetings from other countries, all in Rio on the Escadaria Selarón.

Reggae and Heavy Metal happely united by Selarón.

Sun and shadows are palying with the Chat Noir.

On January 10, 2013 the works of Jorge Selarón come to an abrupt end. In the early morning hours Jorge was found dead on the stairs of Lapa. His body had burn marks. But till today the investigations have not lead to any results.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rio de Janeiro in Numbers and Pictures

1960: The year Rio de Janeiro stopped being, being the Capital of Brazil, that is.

6.5 Million People, the population the City of Rio de Janeiro

12 Million in the Metropolitan Area of the City

2nd largest City in Brazil

1'021 meters over sealevel, the highst point of Rio

0 meters over sealevel, the city's lowest elevation

199'000 people: The capacity of the Maracanã Football Stadium, once the world's largest.

1950: The opening game was played in the Maracanã

1182 square kilometersThe Size of the City

35th largest City by population

1565: The year the City was founded by the Portuguese

811'443: Population of Rio de Janeiro in the year 1900

102°F/39°C: Highest ever recorded temperature in Rio

50.2°F/10.1°C: Lowest recoreded temperature in Rio

1.7 Million Tourists visit Rio each year

2'181 Hours of sunshine per year in average

0 milimeters of average snowfall per year

5 Million gallons of tears were cried when Brazil dropped out of the FIFA worldcup 2014

1905: The year the Teatro Municipal downtown Rio was built

2012 was the year UNESCO named Rio a World Hertiage Site (for Culture)

1822 the year when Brazil became an independent Empire, Rio de Janeiro remained the capital

109 days per year with rainfall

90% of all guns in the City are in private hands, about 50% of it ilegally, 10% belong to the governement

1% of all Homicides in the City are being successfully investigated

35 Partner Cities: Rio de Janeiro has Partner Cities in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, Central and South America

For more pictures of Rio visit my german blog HERE!

Things that make you go: Mmmmhhh???

There is something wrong here!

I know, you figuered it out right away!

The Lady doesn't have a nose!

Come back soon for many more pictures of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.