Blogs from Tripoli, Libya, Africa


Africa » Libya » Tripoli November 23rd 2017

The chances of dying in a road crash in Africa are 26.6 out of 100,000—the highest in the world. Next on the list are Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific countries, with respective fatality rates of 19.9 and 17.3. Avoid these two countries: For every 100,000 people in Libya , there are an estimated 73.4 road traffic deaths. The next most dangerous country was Liberia, with a death rate of 33.7. And I thought South Africa, home of Barry the V was dangerous? With information from 180 countries around the world, WHO determined that low-income countries have the highest rate of road traffic fatalities. About 90 percent of all road deaths occur in these low-income countries, even though they only have about half of the world’s vehicles. Western Europe has the safest roads. In the U.S., the ... read more
747, a great way to fly!
Auto races are too dangerous!

Africa » Libya » Tripoli December 7th 2013

Before we made the decision to go to Libya, we thought long and hard about the security situation over there. From our research we concluded that the city of Tripoli seemed to be ok but it was unlikely we would get out of the city very much. The situation began to decline not long after we arrived and it reached a low on November 15th. At least 47 people were killed when the militia men in Gargour opened fire on a peaceful demonstration. The number of injured was estimated to be 500 and the city's hospitals struggled to cope with the casualties from the massacre. Demonstrations continued for two weeks afterwards and a general strike was called. For one week we had no classes but were unable to get out and about because of the security ... read more
Militia "protecting" the city
A bad night in Tripoli
"Flame of the Capital"

Africa » Libya » Tripoli November 30th 2013

In 1974 Villa Silin was discovered on the Libyan coast between Tripoli and Leptic Magna. It had been buried under sand dunes for centuries preserving its treasures from thieves and tourists alike. It's not an easy place to visit. Luckily we had a guide who met us at Leptis and was able to direct our driver along the torturous roads to get there. Without him we wouldn't have had a chance. Unfortunately the building itself remains locked up and out of reach until new funding is found to bring back the archaeologists. It's a shame but we really enjoyed what we saw. The rain that day worked in our favour. It cleaned the spectacular outside mosaics and they were very easy to see. They might not be the most colourful mosaics in the world but they ... read more
Seaside mosaics
No Photograph
Excessive Security

Africa » Libya » Tripoli November 13th 2013

Never ones to run away from adventure, we leapt at the chance to come to Libya for a 5 week work contract. It's been an interesting start to say the least! We had to fly from Barcelona to Gatwick, stay overnight, and then from Gatwick to Tripoli. We were even upgraded on the flight which made it a very pleasant experience! That's probably because our boss was travelling with us though. At Tripoli airport we were met by his Libyan contacts who eased our way through immigration and customs. It was a hectic scene as everyone was waiting for their bags to arrive from around the Middle East as well as from London. In the car park we got our first glimpse of some of the current problems in the country. There were several abandoned cars ... read more
Free Libya Flags
Free Libya flags are everywhere
Tripoli Medina

Africa » Libya » Tripoli October 2nd 2013

"You want adventure? Libya is the real one" advised our fixer Masoud with a big smile. He was helping us complete the various formalities at the border, while at the same time giving us our first insight into life in post-revolution Libya. The clear message that came across was that there was real excitement about the potential that a Gaddafi-free Libya held for the people, but also frustration at how slow progress was. As a far as safety was concerned, he felt that the main issues were between Libyans (different provinces / militias), and as tourists we would be welcomed. And welcomed we were. At the outskirts of Tripoli we were met by half a dozen guys on Harley Davidsons, and escorted into town as the sun set. It was the start of a week of ... read more
Libya is as good a place as any for my first ride on a Harley
The balcony above the bikes is where Gadaffi used to make speeches

Africa » Libya » Tripoli October 16th 2010

Libya was our objective and we entered after several hours of immigration. We camped on the beach near Zuara and it was pleasant to relax swim and have an secret beer or two The marauding dogs were only a minor danger. We drove south the next day and went through Nazar and visited the Granary where for hundreds of years villagers have kept their grain for safe keeping.After a long day arrived at Ghardarmes and stayed at the YHA. This is a heritage listed village in the desert where the gypsum buildings and underground corridors are painted white and is a preserved bedouin area.In the late afternoon we climbed the large sand dunes out of town. After 2 nights we continued to Sabratha via another granary in Qasar al Hadj. This time a circular granary 3 ... read more
Libya Nazar
Libya Ghardarmes
Libya Sabratha

Africa » Libya » Tripoli August 7th 2010

Hi all - we are still in Tripoli, and we've started a new blog site. Please check out the new post at: Sign up as a follower to continue to receive future posts, or contact either of us by email. In addition, Bob's been posting things quite a bit on his facebook page. Feel free to check that out as well (Robertus van der Wege). Happy wanderings!... read more

Africa » Libya » Tripoli August 7th 2010

Hi all - we are still in Tripoli, and we've have started a new blog site. Please check out the new post at: Sign up as a follower to continue to receive future posts, or contact either of us by email. In addition, Bob's been posting things quite a bit on his facebook page. Feel free to check that out as well (Robertus van der Wege). Happy wanderings!... read more

Africa » Libya » Tripoli April 6th 2010

So here I am in Libya! It's certainly different to anywhere else I've been but also strangely familiar. In appearance I would compare it to some of the Gulf capitals although obviously not Dubai. Possibly more like Abu Dhabi or Muscat 10 years ago. That's not much help if you've not visited either of those is it? OK, mostly low rise, some concrete blocks of apartments, lots of mad traffic. All the cars are Japanese and fairly beaten up. There is an old market right in the centre which has been partly renovated and in any other Middle Eastern capital would be thronged with tourists. Here it was more common to be the only western face in the crowd. The tradesmen are not pushy at all, in fact the exact opposite of next door neighbour Egypt. ... read more
Marcus Aurelius Arch

Africa » Libya » Tripoli April 3rd 2010

I arrived in Tripoli in late afternoon of March 30, 2010. As the airplane was descending to land, the color of the clouds changed from white to orange. A ghibli (dust storm from the Sahara to the south) had blown in, and the air was full of dust. The temperature was warm for this time of year, about 38C, or 100 degrees F. Usually it doesn't get there until June or so; but as one guy put it, the wind from the Sahara feels just like a blow dryer. The next day was significantly cooler and clearer, with bright sunshine. So far I have only been to the hotel and to work, but I have rested, gotten organized, and feel recovered from the trip; no more jet lag! I am staying at the Bustan Hotel in ... read more
temporary office building
temporary office building
office lunch area

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