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Africa » Angola » South January 14th 2010

Happy new year! This is sadly our final blog for Africa as we have completed the circle and headed back to Walvis Bay. Southern Namibia After leaving Cape Town with a killer hangover after a great night on long street we had a grueling 700km up to the border with Namibia. It passed fairly easily, we spent a night at springbok camping under the stars before crossing the border the next morning into Namibia. We only had 2 weeks left in Africa and we were really looking forwards to camping in the wilds of Namibia as the whole point of the trip had been about wildlife and wilderness and we had been a bit lazy in the cape staying mostly in backpackers. Our first stop in Namibia is fish river canyon which was a full day’s ... read more
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Africa » Angola » South July 18th 2008

Egypt Day 5 We woke up to the sound of the air conditioner humming at full power in the hotel room, as the sun yesterday was quite a bit to handle. Then we boarded a felucca (small sail boat, where the wind is the only source of power to get us down the Nile river) The early part of the morning included, a pop can that was traveling down the river faster then us. The afternoon was a bit better with a new gust of wind, the felucca was moving at a quicker pace then the morning, we actually caught up to the can. For a break as a group we stopped at the side of the river and went for a nice cold swim in the Nile, now there are no crocs in the water, ... read more
The Sphinx on the Giza Plateau
Tim on the Camel
Abu Simbel - Small Temple

Africa » Angola » South July 16th 2008

Egypt - Day 1 The land of sand, sun, and people that want your money. No matter what they do, or ask, it is all about those hard earned/swindled dollar bills. Our flight from Paris this morning wasn’t a problem, but when we left Rome to head to Egypt the take off and the landing parts of the journey were brutal. The plane seemed like something out of the 1980s, complete with cigarette holders. I motion we all join together and give some extra money to Italy for some new planes! And, oh yes and the puking girl that was ahead of yes on the plane made the trip extra yummy. My favorite part didn’t even involve the planes, it was bathrooms. Whether they are on a train, a plane, or a terminal… people smoked in ... read more

Africa » Angola » South » Lubango June 2nd 2007

This is a story I wrote sometime ago... having myself visited the diamond areas of angola some years back; I viewed with scepticism the sudden interest in blood diamonds... and what exactly it really means to war in africa and diamonds as a product that women...covet... In 1992 during a lull in the Angolan war, I put together a syndicate of seven adventurers from various backrounds and nations and set off with three four by fours to the north eastern part of angola which is known as the LUNDA province.. During our wild and crazy time there I learned a lot about the REAL facts of the diamond trade... and this is WHY i am responding to this latest documentary ( which by the way - never made it to the dvd versionof blood diamond with ... read more

Africa » Angola » South » Santa Clara April 24th 2007

3000 km separated me from Aili who was in Cape Town, not that the corrupt immigration officers at Lobito harbour cared. On the contrary they did their best to hinder me to get down to Cape Town by refusing me to leave the boat. After 36 hours they realized I wasn’t going to pay any bribes and I was finally let ashore. I wasn’t allowed to stay with my friend Kabila, and the immigration officers chased him away then they stalked me as I walked around town. This made me feel a bit uncomfortable, so I quickly left for Benguela, coincidentally so did the immigration officer that was stalking me. There too, he made sure that I couldn’t stay with any locals. He tried to convince me to stay in one of the expensive hotels in ... read more
The Main Road
Getting Classic
Mucubal woman

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Africa » Angola » South » Lubango April 17th 2007

Somewhere north of Tsumeb in northern Namibia the German influence ceased. I found myself back in the African cultural heartland - unorganized, dirty, crowded and vibrant. After some lame attempts by the Angolan border-police to extract bribes, I was inside the country, swarmed by teenage moneychangers. In a dirty 4x4 a fat white man with a wry face, sat jammed between the seat and the steering wheel, which sank into his belly. He would take me as far as Xangongo for a beer, he said, which sounded great to me although I had no clue where it was. Big fields of late-summer grass would glow with a pink hue in the sunset and the great Baobabs would rise from the plains like petrified monsters. Along the roadside there were only a few houses, but the fat ... read more
Hitching in the Chinese dust
Flowers and tanks
Roadside entrepeneurs




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