Category Archives: Africa

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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Sampling the local vices in Southern Ethiopia (Day 871)

I recently volunteered at perma-culture farm in Southern Ethiopia for 2 weeks.  At the farm there was a great mix of locals and foreigners working side-by-side.  I lived in a hut without electricity, did some carpentry work, put up some fences, fed the … Continue reading

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The Danakil Depression: a myriad of bizarre landscapes (Day 840)

This is the Danakil Depression.  It’s the hottest place on Earth (check!), and also the greatest I have been to since Antarctica.  I spent 5 days visiting the Danakil, which contains a slew of strange sights. The first was Erta … Continue reading

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Of all the places to ring in the New Year… (Day 827)

You probably wouldn’t have chosen Sudan.  Especially not Northern Sudan where, under Sharia Law, the penalty for possession of alcohol is 40 lashings.  40 lashings!!  Shit!  No, Northern Sudan is not a party destination. But that’s where I was for New … Continue reading

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