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The Last Word

Time to wrap up this blog.  This is the last post.  I’ve been home almost 3 weeks now.  I’m still settling in.  I’ve done some visiting with friends and family.  There have been some frequently asked questions about my trip: … Continue reading

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Summary and Best Of: Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

If you’ve ever had a peak at my Summary/Best-Of posts for my travels through Asia, Australia and NZ or South America and Antarctica, you know what’s coming. This is a summary of Part 3 of my world tour:  314 days … Continue reading

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This is the end of my World Tour (Day 907)

Today, my 907th as a World Traveller, is my last.  As they say, all good things must come to an end.  After almost 2 and a half years of wandering around the planet, my time has come.  Timbuktu was my … Continue reading

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All the way to Timbuktu (Day 906)

It has been a long journey, but I’ve finally done it:  I’ve travelled all the way to Timbuktu.  Ah, Timbuktu, that mythical name of a legendary city in a far off place, in back of beyond.  A name I had heard … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso: The Country of Honest Men (Day 890)

That’s what “Burkina Faso” means in one of the local languages.  Cool, eh? If you like that name, you will love the name of the capital city:  Ouagadougou! (Did somebody buy too many vowels?).  To pronouce this one, think “Wagadugu” … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: 13 months of sunshine (Day 883)

I’m a blogging machine today. “13 months of sunshine” is the motto of the Ethiopian Tourism Department.  I like it.  The Ethiopians actually have their own calendar which has 13 months.  In Ethiopia, the year is currently 2003.  What’s more, … Continue reading

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“Are you a spy?” (Day 883)

Some random guy asked me this at the Somaliland-Ethiopia border while I was crammed into the back of an SUV with 3 other people (this is how transportation is done here) .  I was thinking I must have mis-heard him.  “Excuse me?” … Continue reading

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