Gremo v Mongolijo - Mongolia Charity Rally 2014

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Day 43 / 21.8. What counts the most 21 August, 2014

We fly to Slovenia and safely landed. It was real to expect that someone would come to greet us. We are expecting 20-30 people, because we landed in the middle of the afternoon. But, there is crowd waiting for us, our family, friends, photographers, sponsors, even national TV showed up. And wind orchestra from Tržič and Katja's choir Carmen Manet, baloons and flyers everywhere. We are so happy that we will never forget this day. Everything came together perfectly, we came back safe and sound…

Day 42 / 20.8. Bull at the east 20 August, 2014

Istanbul surprises us. It is quite sleepy in the morning. And there are all these salesman that are desperate to sell you something, anything. Colours and spirits, all beauty the city has to offer. We are impressed with architecture, and we are busy shopping. Katja is desperately searching for clothes and then the day ends with Matej's shopping spree. We do a morning prayer in Hagia Sofia, then we follow the bazaar and Topkapi, we cross The Galata bridge and run over Istikal street. Taksim is…

Day 41 / 19.8. There and back again 19 August, 2014

We race entire city in a cab, driving in suspicious areas and board the airplane. We then survive 9 hours flying across all Central Asia. Right before the takeoff Matej receive a special check because of the sand we are trying to smuggle across. We neggotiate one small bottle, but put all 2,5 litres of sand back in when they are too busy to watch. We fly to Istanbul (small stop in Kyrgyzstan) and find a metro that takes us to the city and then find a cheap hotel right next to Hagia Sofia stop…

Day 40 / 18.8. For Good 18 August, 2014

In the morning, we collect everything that we would take back home and once more wipe the front panel. We refill with last few drops of Slovenian diesel and drive towards the car wash facility. They take our keys and move the car, then wash the car and ... key were gone. We wait for 20, then for 30 minutes and they are still looking for keys, taking all the time in the world. Well, we finally find the key and we leave the car-wash with no payment. Our negotiation skills really improved during…

Day 39 / 17.8. First among The Red 17 August, 2014

Ulaan Baatar  or The Red Hero inspires. Glitch and greyness at one streets. There is no typical poverty seen, but there is ger settlement only 100 meters from beautiful parlaiment and 40-storeys 5-star hotel. We pay a visit in bakery and then take a look around the main square. They found the highest number of dinosaur remainings in the World, but their Dinosaurs Museum is closet due to bad conditions of the building and too poor safety. OK, we will take a look at National Mongolian Museum…

Day 38 / 16.8. All roads lead to UB 16 August, 2014

We were in Ulaan before, simply because you can not avoid the city once you are in the region and you want to go into different part of the country. Or you simply want to drive the best roads they have. And we are going there for the last time, in a while at least. We are driving and soon we realize how much we adopted to their driving styles. Honking all the way is really useful combination for overtaking. Duct tape level: over 9000. Lots of cars is imported from Japan and has steering wheel…

Day 37 / 15.8. Buddhist Woodstock 15 August, 2014

It's six o'clock and we are already in the car, rushing and cutting corners. We have to reach Amarbayasgalant Khiid by 10.00. It is the biggest Buddhist temple in Mongolia, their architecture main achievement. And on this very day (14th and 15th of August), there is the biggest Buddhist gathering in Mongolia going on. Lonely Planet describes it as Buddhist Woodstock. "Well, lets look at this festival" we said to ourselves few day ago and today we drive like crazy to reach our destination. We…

Day 36 / 14.8. Back to the mainlands 14 August, 2014

If you are in Mongolia and you're driving south - sooner or later you will have to drive back north. We decide to take the same road back, because it is the best road in the area. When we returned we noticed that Mongol road workers extended tarmac road by ten kilometers in mere two days. Drive to Mandalgovi is based on on- and off-road sections and Matej is getting better in drifting with the car. We are practicing the most valuable skill you can have - how to avoid potholes. We stop for few…

Day 35 / 13.8. Accompained by dunes and dinosaurs 13 August, 2014

True desert with sank, that slowly fills all the spots in our car and with temperatures, that finally allows short sleeves and shorts. Dunes look like they would be painted there, in between grass and rocky mountains. Their tops are curved and shaped by wind. We are located in the district, called Khonghorian Els - Singing Dunes. And we are pussies all of a sudden - due to wet, muddy river we would have to cross, and only few days of our adventure left, we are not taking chances of getting stuck…

Day 34 / 12.8. A thousand-star camping spot 12 August, 2014

It is a promising sunny day, when we wake up and we found out that we were witnessing the heaviest rain they haven't had in ages. Dalandzadgad is half flooded, some houses are still full of water and finding decent road turns out to be quite challenging. We drive across fields and then find a sign that covers the area of 500 kilometers around Dalandzadgad. It's the only sign in the area. That event is followed by a open-air breakfast. Yes, we eat a lot. There is a small mountain range, that…

Day 33 / 11.8. You & me and a car.. and Bam 11 August, 2014

What is the first thing you do, when you wake up. You take another shower, because it will be the last one for couple of days. And then - breakfast. It seems like we are the only guests and staff is still sleepy. We get pre-made sandwitches and cold eggs. It's good we have a bakery right next to hotel. We look at our map while we are travelling south. Matej in fairly good pace drive through Ulaan-Baatar and here comes Katja's turn to take over. Few 10 kilometers of gravel and we find tarmac…

Day 32 / 10.8. Ulaan Outskirts 10 August, 2014

After succesfully conquering Breakfast for Champions, we get our cameras out and decide that today, we travel in one car. Mitshubishi will have a day off and we will drive in our Ford. We have to tidy our backseats for the first time since Ljubljana. Looks like ages ago we done that before launch of our expedition, already well over charted 13.000 kilometers. Our first target for today is Chinggis Khan statue. Statue is located 40 kilometers out of Ulaan, between Nalaikh and Erdene settlements…

Day 31 / 9.8. Shock: Civilization 09 August, 2014

Right before we set our course for Ulaan-Bataar, we decide to take a quick stop and step into Erdene ZuuKhiid. We have to wait for Mongols to wake up, so we afford our breakfast on the nearby meadow. From the distance, we can see a big heard of sheep and goats approaching - and pass right next to us not even bothering we are here. When the clock shows us 10:00, gates open for visitors. First mongol temple is quite crowded, people are walking around walls as well, locals and we finally see some…

Day 30 / 8.8. Day for noise 08 August, 2014

Travelling in a group (considered as multiple car convoy travelling) is a big relief when it comes to troubles, because you know you have a familiar pair of hand available and that you don't need to wait whole day for someone to stop for you or tow you to the next garage. And because of that fact, we give ourselves one more gift. More offroad. We leave Taragta and wide-awake jumps over holes in the road. Matej is leading again and after a while, there is no Fried Tomato in the review mirror. We…

Day 29 / 7.9. Day for Hot springs 07 August, 2014

After morning coffee, bedroom transforms back into car and we enter the city of Bayankhongor. Cities are different here; they are having basic ingreedients of a city like school, bank, shop and post office, and are surrounded with small houses and gers, parceled properties. Because it rains, we hit hotel for lunch. It's not a 5-star hotel, but they have French Fried (fries) and orange juice. We found out that there are hot springs in the area. They are probably not like hot springs in Slovenia…

Day 28 / 6.8. Sandbox Games 06 August, 2014

Wow, no mosquitoes, no flies. Not a single buzz around, for the first time. We are too high, we should thought of that sooner. Katja is sick, seriously - we are on painkillers, sleeping and throwing up. It is very hard to be in the car in this heat (we cover our legs not to get sunburned), shaking like Blue Tornado rollercoaster from Gardaland. The Netherlands are constantly asking about her and offering her own drugstore - we are loaded with medicines. Soon, she fell asleep once more, inside…

Day 27 / 5.8. The Great Plains 05 August, 2014

We leave for Altay from our humble camp near the stream. This time, not the Altay The Mountain Range, but Altay, main city in the district. We are greeted by eagles and killed few insects with idea of travelling with us. We went across all valley and found some tarmac again. Yes, tarmac - this Mongolia is really something. They make you brand new road in the desert, but they forget about the signs - that means there are no speed limits and no signs pointing aproximate way or destination you're…

Day 26 / 4.8. Water and freedom 04 August, 2014

Mosquitoes are there also in the morning. You just can't believe it, so we wake up and wash our teeth, clear our camp and run away. Battle wounds are big, and everything itches you. Aaargh. Hugo has entire neck covered with bites. Breakfast is not possible, so we skip it and head for the city. First, we find bank, where we can change money. There are many ATMs in the city, but none works. And it's even worse in the banks. There are dozen of them in the city, but none will change bills that are…

Day 25 / 3.8. BzzzZzz 03 August, 2014

Here we go again. New day, fresh air and loads of flies, when we open our tents. We find no peace, so we skip breakfast and get ready to leave quick. We find tarmac, for couple of kilometers on our way out. We decide that we want to taste true Mongolia and continue our way across the nearest mountains. We drive 2800m above sea level and views are great. We can see other mountains from Altay chain and see down in the valley. When we start to descent, we pay a visit to a local community. Barbie…

Day 24 / 2.8. Without borders 02 August, 2014

You have to wake up and leave the bed right at the moment when the sun comes up and we get ready to drive right to the border. We have less than 300 kilometers left on this beautiful Gorno-Altaysk region and because things can get complicated at the border as we know from various blogs and our own experience, we have express breakfast. And then, road unde our tyres. Note that Russian border is opened until 18:00 and Mongolian until 17:00, there is 15 kilometers distance between them and…

Day 23 / 1.8. Gorno-Altaysk region and Road to Tashanta 01 August, 2014

After incredible short night (due to blog maintainance and answering bunch of e-mails / sending footage) we are woken up by noisy alarm. We found this hotel late in the night and were put in themed rooms. Ours was Diana, Russian erotic dancer that is covering all the walls. Still better that Netherlands, sleeping in The Revolution room with Stalin on the walls. As you would suppose we got up late, so we are rushing with brushing our teeth and packing our backpacks back to original form. We are…

Day 22 / 31.7. Slovene-Dutch formation 31 July, 2014

What is better than escape the town and prepare breakfast on the top of the hill, surrounded by fields of gold. We're eating pancakes with melted chocolate and coffee, what a perfect start of the day. The Dutch part of the team consists of recently retired Mr. Hugo and Ms. Yamina that explored almost every piece of the World we know. They shortened their time with various projects and shuts our mouths with their life-stories. They had done multiple charity projects as well, including a motor…

Day 21 / 30.7. Tongue behind you teeth 30 July, 2014

Last days of internet are slowly coming, Mongolia is closer every day. Medical problems are not bothering us anymore, yesterdays healing sleep helped us to push into our last thousand kilometers in Kazakhstan for a while. Katja tries luck with the road and gives up after three hours, because she is told she drives too slow and that we would need to extend our trip with that tempo. Well, let the loud copilot try these roads. And in the matter of facts, he does that. He takes the wheel (off-road…

Day 20 / 29.7. WC 29 July, 2014

Our plan was to leave Almaty behind us as soon as possible and travel as far north as we can, towards Russia and then Mongolia. BUT, we were contacted by another Slovene, Maks Selan, professional hockey player that recently signed for Kazakhstan league for a year. And because in these few thousand kilometers that are currently separating us from using č, š, ž and other special characters on a daily basis, we of course agree to meet with our practically neighbor from Bohinj. We meet at MEGA - the…

Day 19 / 28.7. "Privet" from Mr. President itself 28 July, 2014

On our way to well-deserved breakfast after cleaning the campside we wonder about amount of policemen on the road. They are literally covering every corner, every hundred meters al least one, every crossroad three of them. There, where only yesterday were groups of parked cars on the streets, today is none. Roads are cleaned and empty. We find out that Cholpon-Ata became holiday destination for President of Kyrgyzstan and that they are expecting his arrival and are rerouting all traffic so that…

Day 18 / 27.7. In Mountains of Heaven 27 July, 2014

Calm night tonight and even more tranquile morning, water is calling. I'm first on the beach, of course. That is followed with two portions of pancakes with best service ever - Timur and we continue where we left yesterday. He is always accompanied by his younger cousin that is proudly showing our yesterday's present - FENNECteam badge. Because we are so close to the Mountains of Heaven, the powerful, silent and endless ridge that follows us all the way in Kyrgyzstan, we decide to pay them a…

Day 17 / 26.7. Calm before the storm 26 July, 2014

Sleeping in the tent ends with first sunbeams. Quality of sleep depends on nightly visits we have had and loud music that comes from all around us. We set ourselves a dining room with biggest windows and the most beautiful view on the lake and misty Mountains of Heaven as they are called here. Nearby bushes are our bathroom and because it is Saturday, we are cleaning just as we would do it at home. Back seats were in pain when we started and after an hour or so, our Beast was starting to look…

Day 16 / 25.7. Bishkek and Issky Kul - Are you really cool? 25 July, 2014

Our sleep was interrupted at 10.00 with security guy, we parked in front of trash cans. Of course he is very interested if everything is well locked down, and we slowly get up and leave hotel. We walk around Bishkek - Kyrgyzstan capital and try to exchange some money into local currency. But they won't take it - dollars are supposed to be old and they won't exchange it. We tried 10 exchange offices and after all set for a higher rate. Note that come with bigger bills (they like 100 dollars and…

Day 15 / 24.7. Bribe.me 24 July, 2014

Morning and soft, cozy bed, that refills our batteries. After that we figured out that our shower is not working and they had to send maintenance crew to show to us, that you have to use sequence of buttons to get the water running down the pipes. We return to Iskracom and they are again kind indeed - they let us use use their office to update our blog. We set off to discover city on our own and find a Stolovaya, place where you can have regular traditional food. It was remarkably good. We…

Day 14 / 23.7. Alma-ata 23 July, 2014

As usual we should start with... We woke up into a... but, we didn't. We are awake since yesterday and we are already feeling it, this one will be a long one. We park the car in the shade and wash our teeth on the street and then go straight into Gorky park, slowly and sleepy eating breakfast. We stop by for coffee and toiled, Matej has some diarrhea problems, but no big deals. Almaty is ex-capital city where Iskratel has subsidiary Iskracom. And we pay them a visit. Matej is occupied with…

Day 13 / 22.7. And then, there was nothing. 22 July, 2014

We register in the morning. Yes, every foreigner has to register in Kazakhstan, if you are staying for more than 5 days. Then we have huge breakfast and we hit the road, Kazakh steppe ahead of us, a royal piece of road, some sort of Tour de France for every biker. We have a wild plan to hit 1280 kilometers from Astana to Almaty in one piece. And there we have it, road block after road block, queue after queue. Matej is turning his eyes around when we have exits to the fields. We are back where…

Day 12 / 21.7. Astana is waiting 21 July, 2014

We only manege to drive 23 kilometers today, but it is enough to expirience morning rush hour in Astana. There are no lanes, not a single line written so here we go again. As many cars as possible, that many lanes on the road - organised chaos. Let's add constant honking, no purpose really, we are thinking attention looking. Navigation is not working (we figured lately that we should write in Cyrillic writing), no stars to orientate at, so we ask locals. We eventually find city center, park and…

Day 11 / 20.7. BAD ROADS! 20 July, 2014

We open our doors and breathe in first real Kazakhstan air in the morning. Temperatures are still refreshing and early spring alike. We transform our bedroom back into cockpit and living room and find owned of the place. We thank him for having us and he refused to get paid, he just wished us pleasant journey. Well, that was a surpris - we wonder what will follow. Landscape changed entirely, you can still find some typical birches along roads but they are rare now. We have small bushes and…

Day 10 / 19.7. "Stans" Ahead 19 July, 2014

We wake up in another cold morning and for exercise walk all the way to IUT. Across the park near Oktyabrskaya hotel Matej runs that standard kilometer as in winter months at -25 degrees Celsius. In IUT we are greeted with candies and coffee to say goodbye, even on saturday. We update our blog and then Kilir comes. He rides out in front of us and drives couple 10 kilometers with us. We drive along Chelyabinsk highway, recording and talking. He says that it is a habit in these places to have…

Day 9 / 18.7. Second home and tranquility 18 July, 2014

We wake up unusually early into a pretty cold morning, smells like those first days of autumn, when you are not 100% sure if you're wearing jacket or not. It's eleven degrees Celsius - typical Ural. We leave industrial Perm region and are continuing south. 20 kilometers later we stop atop the hill in front of Svedrlovskaya oblast table. We are alone, completely alone, silence all around us. Katja fell asleep along the way, I'm photographing. Seems like even bumps, ditches and uneven terrains don…

Day 8 / 17.7. Real Russia 17 July, 2014

It's 8:30 when we wake up on the parking spot along the gas station. Because Matej was tired yesterday we found a spot where you can stay overnight for 100 RUB (that's roughly 2 EUR), relatively safe and under supervision. We were surprised to see how many vehicles was there. They have toilets as well but Katja didn't used them as they were too dirty even for our standards. Not to mention hordes of hungy mosquitoes waiting for us outside. Our today's goal is city of Perm, around 1000 kilometers…

Day 7 / 16.7. Back on tracks 16 July, 2014

Plan for today was gone in the morning, because we were sleeping in late. We blame distance to north, because here we get constant light up 'till well after 11PM and you can't sleep in daylight. We also blame our blog, because it took so much time yesterday. But because we have couple of days full of driving ahead of us, the most important thing is to be at our best strenghts. We thank everyone in our subsidiary in Moscow for hospitality, say goodbye and hit the road. We immediately fell into…

Day 6 / 15.7. Greatest city in the World 15 July, 2014

Again, we sleep late. We can feel every bone in our bodies and we are not sure anymore, is that from the car or from all that sleeping. Sweet wories, to be said. We organize a small photo session in front of our office. They are Matej's colleagues from work and they are cooperating on a daily basis so it's a special occation - they are full of questions and suggestions. ] Right after that, we visit the city once more. We have an idea to cover all the spots from yesterday with our GoPro Hero…

Day 5 / 14.7. Rest day 14 July, 2014

We are sleeping until noon. Yes, it was a remarkable run in the last couple of days. It was vast, fast and sometimes even dangerous. And lifelong decision; we will not drive half awake anymore, it's too risky. Home for couple of days. We are kindly greeted by Elya (Elina Amelchenkova), the kindest among all russian girls and also Matej's very good friend. She starts speaking furiously in russian and Katja soon figures out that it won't work until she learn some russian. We check our plan, we…

Day 4 / 13.7. Mile by mile 13 July, 2014

Good morning, Belarus. You said what, 19 hours? Sleeping with your eyes open, because you have to move car from time to time, even if it is just three metres. But eventually we made it and now we are ready to continue. There is no end of surprises, mister Oleg (Alexey's connection) is already waiting for us. He was three hours ahead of us. Ah, those locals. When we finaly meet, he doesn't want to exchange our stuff at the border, but wants to go abit further. We don't want to go to the highway…

Day 3 / 12.7. Patience test 12 July, 2014

Seems like sleeping in a car is not so bad at all, because we wake up quite late. We brush our teeth on the nearest gas station and decide that we will have breakfast in Brest, Belarus. We only have good 50 kilometers and a border crossing. We are never been so wrong in our lives. :) GPS takes us through the outskirts of Poland. The line at border crossing Ternopol doesn't seem so long. We stop our car at 10:10, get ready our passports and car documentation and start to play some Rummy, for…

Day 2 / 11.7. Day for rain 11 July, 2014

We have a long road ahead of us. Landscape surrounding is slowly changing as we proceed - it's getting more flat and we meet smaller and smaller houses along the way. And a grey road, without end. We wonder how is it possible that clouds don't run dry, we have to be extremely careful because of wet conditions. We only managed to have few dry minutes in Budapest, just right to take care of all pre-steps for quick Belarus visa approval. We quickly eat late breakfast not knowing this will be our…

And the 10th of July came.. 10 July, 2014

And the time came, when counter on the website stopped counting :) It's The Day and with all power we are getting ready for the way. Impatience and travel-fever will be behind at last and all energy will transform into focus on the eternal road ahead We are packing last pieces of equipment together on this rainy Thursday and are calculating the space to benefit most of it. I'm trying to smuggle any additional T-shirts into my backpack, but there is Matej that collects all stuff and puts it back…

Day 1 / 10.7. Farewell 10 July, 2014

You cannot believe that. Even the sky is crying since we're leaving. This day is dedicated for packing, relocating stuff from front to back and likewise. Everything goes in and out at least six times. We cannot close the steel cover of our back, because it's so full of stuff. Well, this should say only that it was built too accurate. Jano gave up after half an hour and made bigger holes - problem solved. And then we repeat the story at Katja's place. Again. And again. Airport, more than 5…

GPS installed 15 June, 2014

We had our GPS tracker installed at our partners Sledenje and Monolit, the biggest GPS tracking provider in Slovenia. They really kept their words and provided everything to track us on our way. They installed thier best package Sledenje Premium, that also enables instant communication with Garmin appliances. We were introduced to all employees, also to the CEO and after that participated at installation. They also provided web link that will allow us to show you our current position and…

First overnighter in a Ford 14 June, 2014

We're testing and reporting.. It is possible, but Matej's back is still recovering. :)

We are on national news 13 June, 2014

We were recording a short footage about our project for national TV station RTV SLO1, or to say it otherwise, we will be on a local news! Yay, so exciting. Damijan and Branca came all the way from Idrija to film us and that is almost 100km away. It is unbeliveable, where our project was already heard about. First, we went to our partner Avtohiša Kadivec in Šenčur, where we had our "Žvau" inspected professionaly to discover some minor tweaking that will be needed before the epic mission, and…

Promotion at Qlandia Krško 12 June, 2014

Last saturday we decided to test some distance driving. We went to Qlandia Krško where we participated at a day, dedicated to old car models. We would like to thank our hosts. Krške mažoretke team performed special performance to show our support. And at the end of the day, we sold bull-bar to a fellow colleague from Zagreb.

Krške mažoretke are supporting us 12 June, 2014

Krške mažoretke from Mažoretni klub BATON are supporting project Gremo v Mongolijo. Performance was made on saturday 7.6.2014 at promotion event of project Gremo v Mongolijo in Qlandia Krško.

Shots 1 11 June, 2014

Today we took our first dose of shots. We strongly recommend you to take that point earlier that we did, because it will be tight and in case of side effects, we could go off schedule right at the beginning. Essential shots: - Tetanus (it's free and is covered by basic medical ensurance in Slovenia, 1 shot every 10 years) - Hepatitis A (two shots; right away and after a year) - Hepatitis B (after year 1991 you were already cured for this and you don't need that. Contains three shots: right away…

Month and a half later... 11.000,00 EUR raised! THANK YOU! 03 June, 2014

It is time for a more sentimental post. In month and a half, since we officially began fundraising, we gathered over 11.000,00 EUR. We still have a small step to go, but you guys are unbelievable. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for feeling and giving this much! You turned our world into a better place. Photo: Jure Pirc - Ujeti trenutek With slovenian words Najlepša hvala!

Stickers part 2 03 June, 2014

Look of the car is coming together nicely. We received first pack of our partner's stickers. What do you think?

Visiting Mamut 4x4 03 June, 2014

As mentioned in previous post, we visited Offroad Mamut 4x4, company whose owner are not just the biggest experts in offroad area and converting vehicles. They made simmilar route in 2010, so they were full of information. I found them 2 months ago, but it seems like a lifetime, flow of life is so intense right now. Igor and Blanka (that are an amazing couple, so kind and relaxed. Not to mention their kids) were so helpful and decided to give away few things that they sell in their show. We got…

Working saturdays: Skoda Yeti 4x4 challenge and Fun Airport festival 02 June, 2014

We had a working saturday... In the morning we set apart. I went to Krvavec, where I met Tomaž and we participated in finals of Skoda Yeti 4x4 challenge. Katja went to Airport Joze Pucnik Ljubljana, where they hosted Fun Airport Festival, family day. We came to beginning of the slope and then took cablecar, that put us atop the mountain. There we faced 9 other teams in 6 different tasks: No-instruments-drive, rock challenge, towing the car, shooting with the bow, adventure park and downhill…

Episode: Stickers 29 May, 2014

How to glue stickers? Useful hints: car has to be cooled down and parked in the shade. Beside that, use loads of water, to moisture the spot that you plan to put sticker to. That will allow you some minor corrections even, when you will place sticker and air ballons can be led out or you can pin it later with pin.

Taking the vehicle 29 May, 2014

So, as you already know, we bought our Beast. It is black Ford Ranger model year 2006 that is in mint condition, beautiful and usefull and will drive us safely and then serve for many years to mongolian people. It has 118578 km, it was bought from first owner. Thanks to guidance of Summitmotors, we found this one, because it wasn't selling on the market like you usually do (avto.net web portal etc.). It was by far most convenient vehicle we spotted in Slovenia.   Right after we received our…

Russian visas arrived 28 May, 2014

Good morning world. We finally received our first visas. Access to Russia granted - and we already shipped our passports to mongolian embassy.

Charity concert was successful 26 May, 2014

Our car codenamed Zhvau (meaning animalic) was shining in afternoon sun and was getting ready for show-off that was about to come. 4-hour waxing and cleaning was so worth it. Soon our noble guests arrived and when you walked into the church during rehersals, you could already feel positive enegry that was floating all around us. And the evening was even bigger: more than 200 guests were listening to 106 performers on stage, beautifully connected for one cause. 300 hundred hearts, beating…

Charity concert Guide no1 24 May, 2014

When a person decides, that he will have a charity concert and did not do that before, he can not think on all facts necessary for successful realization. And since I don't organize thing professionaly, there were quite some surprises along the way and if you ever step into these waters, I hope that this article will make it a little bit easier for you. Because it is a Charity concert, you probably have 0 budget. And because of that, we appreciate all musicians, that will come and play for free…

Gorenjski glas: 22.5.2014 23 May, 2014

Our charity concert was mentioned in Gorenjski glas newspaper.

Only 50 days left: Package from Belgium 22 May, 2014

Today, package from Belgium came.. Here is a short footage.

Verjamem v sonce: blog post 20 May, 2014

Neža Verdinek has published new blog post on Verjamem v sonce (I believe in Sun) blog about us and our project and about charity concert. I know Neža for a while, she sings in MePZ Adoramus Logatec and we performed together couple of times. Thank you Neža, for your support and for spreading good words. Last week, I was at Russian embassy, I talked about the project and some random guy approached to me and told me he was from Zreče (That is actually quite far away) and that he already heard about…

We are having a Charity concert for our expedition 19 May, 2014

We had this idea already in december, but we skipped it. Since we are both musicians, it should be easy to find performers for the concert, but.. to come and play for free. An who would listen to then, if we exclude our families and friends. We needed a plan and we will realise it this sunday, May 25th at 19:30. We are proudly presenting you Charity concert of good hearts. Performance will start with Carmen manet choir, recent winner of 50.th Montreaux choir festival. Katja sings in this choir…

Sneaky-peak 15 May, 2014

Just a quick preview of what we prepare next... official announcement tomorrow.

We're on National television 12 May, 2014

A quick shout-out to all our friends.. We're so busy, working on coming events, preparing our campaign, collection donations. We slept only 25 hours during all week. But most importantly, we made it to national television RTV SLO: Dobra ura z Bernardo Check us out on 61th minute of the show.

Fun Fact: Photo from Azerbaijan 08 May, 2014

We received a photo from Azerbaijan, the one that literally opens doors towards new world, to Kazakhstan. This is entry to the office, where we can buy tickets for Baku - Aktau ferry. The price for it - variable. Depends on who asks. :)

Fun Fact: Fotografija iz Azerbajdžana 08 May, 2014

Danes sva dobila fotografijo iz Azerbajdžana, ki dobesedno odpira vrata v novi svet, v Kazakhstan. Gre za vhod v pisarno, kjer bova kupila karte za trajekt Baku - Aktau. Cena kart - variabilna. Odvisno od tega, kdo plača.. Nagradno vprašanje: Koliko stane trajektna povezava za dve osebi in vozilo? Najbližji odgovor dobi manjšo nagrado, odgovorite pa lahko na facebook profil :).

Letter of the day: Ivo Boscarol from Pipistrel 06 May, 2014

Just few minutes ago, we received a letter from one of most important businessmen , mister Ivo Boscarol  personally, CEO of Pipistrel, a company that produces ultra-light airplanes. What is more important, he wrote from Ulaan-Baatar, and his first words were "Mind the roads, they really are terrible." He invited us to have lunch with him, if the time shows we will be in Ulaan on the same dates. Thank you mister Boscarol - invitation (challenge) accepted.

Our promo video on RTV SLO today 05 May, 2014

Today our video will be on air on Slovenian national television RTV SLO1 few minutes after 18.00 (Dobra ura z Bernardo show). If you miss it, TV-show will be repeated tomorrow morning, we will do our best to get recording online as well as soon as possible. We had interview on Radio Sora past thursday, that was scheduled for 15- but lasted 45-minutes. Thank you Radio Sora for extending our on-air time.

Promotional photoshoot 2 - Ujeti trenutek 30 April, 2014

In beginning of the week (before Katja went to Switzerland to compete with her choir (UPDATE, they won both prizes, grand prix and absolute - GO CARMEN MANET) we managed to find a good hour during our tight schedules and had photoshoot for new articles going out in may. This time I asked my good colleague Jure Pirc from company Ujeti trenutek, specialised for newborn and wedding photography. Katja didn't have a clue about me setting up a couple photography for our photo-album and Jure did an…

GPS tracker - checked. Sledenje. 29 April, 2014

We are proudly presenting our new sponsor, company Sledenje. They are slovenian biggest GPS tracking provider and they will instal their device into our vehicle, that would allow us to beep our accourate signal of our location directly on your screen. They are working for Geopedija, Najdi.si zemljevidi, even cooperate with Google Maps and they offered us Sledenje Premium package, that allows GPS tracker to communicate with a GPS device (Garmin) and allows immediate position on the screen inside…

Article about us in Replika magazine 28 April, 2014

For about a week, new edition of Replika is on the market. This is relatively new product, a newspaper covering student life in Ljubljana region. Ksenja Strožič, is a great great gal and awesome reporter (considering that final cut of the article is superb and that she actually made 11 pages of notes during a cup of tea we had. ELEVEN!), she had contacted us in late march already and we met in cold Ljubljana after few missunderstandings and had a marvellous time. Final result? Here it is, take a…

Skoda Yeti 4x4 challenge: we made it to the grand finals 27 April, 2014

Yesterday Matej and Tomaž Bernik participated in  Škoda Yeti 4x4 challenge in Ivančna gorica. We made it to the grand finals as second team, that will be on the Krvavec mountain on 31.5.2014. Link to the news at Avtomagazin.

Article in Nedeljske novice 27 February, 2014

Today, whole-page was dedicated for our project in Nedeljske novice newspaper. Journalist Mirko Kunšič did an amazing work covering this story, we are pleased for noticing us. Thank you for all your words.

Skoda Yeti 4x4 challenge 26 February, 2014

Katja is currently based in Switzerland performing on a competition with her choir Carmen Manet. I wish you best of luck girls. Couple of weeks ago we applied to event hosted by car Avtomagazin Škoda Yeti 4x4 izziv, that was hosted by our partner Mamut 4x4. As every team should have a copilot, I chose my buddy Tomaž Bernik instead of Katja and together we drove towards Ivančna gorica today. There were four challenges: 1) Driving on motocross track with Škoda Yeti 4x4, terrific experience, that…

Alive.. also in english! 25 February, 2014

Our site has been up for awhile now. We worked really hard, to deliver it in two languages. Here we are... ALIVE.

Accounting... set! 25 February, 2014

We have great news for you all. We have made an agreement with accounting company Računovodstvo Cerklje. With their over 20 years of expirience they will be great partner, so a huge shout-out goes to them. You can see all FENNECteam partners on this link.

Our case-study/business plan 25 February, 2014

We have announcement that first version of our business plan is out. Though we are sorry, but current version is only avaliable in slovene language (due to geo-location): Mongolia_2014BPv1 Any details neccesary will be explained.

It begins.. ZMAG Institute 25 February, 2014

FENNECteam presented their project for the first time on February 6. in Tehnološki park in  Ljubljana on pitch event for ZMAG Institute, institute specialized for cooperation and preparation of laws and procedures for small businesses working with croudfunding. Key element was preparation, because we were allowed to have exactly 5 minutes for our pitch. We nailed it and now ZMAG Institute is our proud partner.

Our logo 25 February, 2014

We have a new logo. How do you like it? Of course there is a slovenian version, also with moto Gremo v Mongolijo which means We are going to Mongolia.

Social media 25 February, 2014

We're finally avaliable and alive also on social medias. For now, these. More to follow. https://www.facebook.com/gremovmongolijo https://twitter.com/FENNECteam Like, share, repost... all of them. Thank you, it's a pleasure having you aboard.

The team.. 25 February, 2014

It's time for you to know us, who are we, what do we do, think, stand behind.. Well, for beginning, we will only show you our photo and our names, for better interaction FENNECteam are Katja Kern and Matej Meglič, photos were taken this saturday on filming of new video for Slovenian folk-group Čedahuči. Photos by amazingly talented Urša Rahne, Of course we had to post both.

How can I participate + VIDEO 22 February, 2014

Only 80 days left... it's time to get some serious business done.. :) We are proudly presenting promo video, the mileston of crowdfunding, official start of campaign. Everyone can survive few coffees less and donate as much as he can. That's right, everyone can help, and in return for acting towards greater good, you will receive one of symbolic awards from the trip (please check tables and conditions bellow). All recording and postproduction was done at JS-Design and Just Cate, we are amazed…

Linguarus - Russian language .. no problem 19 February, 2014

Matej has been learning russian language in agency Linguarus for last three years. He'd done presentation of the project a while ago in his class. Linguarus was thrilled about the project and wanted to participate as partner, their generous help is much appreciated. We hope that communication in russian language on the road won't represent any major problems. They brought their latest work, a hit-pocket book for private and business users, a dictionary called Sprašujemo in odgovarjamo po rusko…

Article in Gorenjski glas / 15.4.2014 16 February, 2014

Our first article is out, in yesterdays Gorenjski glas newspaper. Big thanks goes to author Samo Lesjak. http://www.gorenjskiglas.si/article/20140416/C/140419839/1038/z-avtom-v-mongolijo

Mamut 4x4 15 February, 2014

Last week we visited Mamoth. :) That's right, Igor Ručman is Mamoth (though he is still young) slovene rally and company Mamut 4x4 distribute various specialized equipment for off-road vehicles and also lifts up cars - provide custom suspention, in the time of Need for speed and 2fast2furious.And he has already been to Mongolia, and he is planning The great return. No to forget, he built-up custom monster-van for whole family. He is full of advices and essential visit when in the area, he was…

First call with GO-HELP: Visas and Vehicles 14 February, 2014

Last week we comunicated live for the first time. Volunteers from organization GO-HELP were really nice, though we experienced some technical difficulties at the beginning; there was a lot of stress involved. Afterwards they provided us with TOLL-FREE number, which we found extraordinary for Slovenia. Thanks guys. We were talking for aprox. 45 minutes about visas and how to get them, and a little bit about vehicles at the end of conversation, about restrictions from mongol government, about…

Mongol rally? Why not? 11 February, 2014

This is Mongol Rally, which differs a bit from Mongol Charity Rally... but you can see some cool landscapes there. We're getting excited about it.

ViewRanger - A map you desire 11 February, 2014

New week, new sponsorship. From GO-HELP they informed us that company GlobalVision donated VIP licence for use of application ViewRanger. Application is running on every major mobile platform and consists of extremely accurate maps and embedded trekking routes. We're already testing it and can tell you that even Slovenia is approved. Check them out: http://www.viewranger.com/en-gb http://vranger.blogspot.com/2008/07/viewranger-slovenia-now-available.html More to come this week, stay tuned.

We have a bank account 09 February, 2014

At last, everything came together. We have all requirements for legal entity and bank account, so currently you can already see our fancy new first page with details and simplified navigation. The most essential part is that now you can donate from everywhere, straight-forward to account SI56 0700 0000 2094 223 and don't forget to send us e-mail right after, so we can check, if everything went well. More stuff coming soon, still lots of things to do this week, and we would really like to sleep…

Interview: VAL 202 Public radio 07 February, 2014

Well, we're back. We were very busy so be prepared for next few days, all sorts of posts incoming. Stay tuned, but for now, we're publishing recording of our interview on public radio, Generator on Val 202. Big Thank you this time goes to reporter Mitja Peček, we love this interview.

Photo-material ... checked! 02 February, 2014

Great news again. We have received sponsorship in photo-studio Foto Čebron. They will take care for everything from photo-material, that we will send out to you after expedition. It is our way of saying Thank you for participation in our mission. They will provide high-resolution prints for our photo-exhibitions as well. We had worked with Foto Čebron  on our other projects in the past and can only recommend them. They are extremely reliable partner with great knowledge, advising competence and…