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14th October 2009

Mell - seriously, it got to the point where i just wanted to bash my head against the wall each time i heard her voice - even in the most remote corners of Gabon, there she was, singing away, driving us mad! Cheers for looking at my blogs, so glad glad you enjoyed them.
14th October 2009

Thanks Brian, for your well wishes and for reading my blogs. You're right that there's not mention of islands or marine life in these Africa blogs; although our route clung to the coast at times, some of the most stunning beaches - such as ones in Benin and Togo - were also the most dangerous ones. Ghana has a stunning coast but a sad historic connection to the slave trade is tied to it. As for islands, i can only think of three on the whole trip! Two of which were inland, on rivers. We ended our journey in Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt, and though the town was crazily touristy, it was worth it for the sealife - bright yellow and blue rays, clownfish, coloured coral - i wonder if you have been there? So beautiful. I will make sure to include it in my Egypt blog! Thanks again and best wishes, Lu
14th October 2009

Hah! Add all Celine Dions songs to your list. She doesnt have any good ones, does she? Love your blogs and photos. :)
14th October 2009

Hi Lu, Thanks very much for your honest and quick response. I wish you the best of luck in getting published, and judging by the number of well wishers and interest in your blogs and your adventures, i would hope that publishers will open the door when you come knocking. I must also say that yourself and your husband have carried out "real Backpacking" and have totally immersed yourselves into the culture and environment of the countries you have been to. When you've rolled around in that as much as you have, quite a portion of it will most likely have stuck. I think you are much richer as a result. Ironically, in my own personal travel desires, i've always been interested in islands and marine life so for me to be consistently reading your travel blogs which aren't based closely around the coast, you must be doing something very right. Anyways, best of luck with everything.
13th October 2009

thank you Beyaz, and i really hope you enjoy your travels next year. will keep an eye out for your blogs on this site :)
13th October 2009

amazing!
Truely amazing :) I enjoyed reading your travel stories so much! The way of your expression of stories made it so joyful:)
13th October 2009

NateK, thanks for your kind comments about my writing. I'm honoured that you are inspired! Book those flights! Best wishes, Lu
13th October 2009

Hi Brian, thanks for your comments and it's a pleasure to answer your questions. the Alphabet idea is something my husband and i came up with in 2004 when planning a trip to Asia. We wanted to add a bit of challenge to backpacking in a fascinating area that is already so well-travelled. So indeed, there is also an 'Asian Alphabet.' (i didn't blog it however, i wrote a manuscript. It's unpublished. I'm a bookseller by day, writer by night :) ) I've always wanted to be a travel writer, so when you say the 'African Alphabet' idea sounds commercial/marketable, that is good for me because i am actually going to be approaching agents with book proposals. However, as far as blogging my trips on this site goes, i've never been competitive with/had any intention to 'out do' other bloggers. In fact, i draw a lot of inspiration from the bloggers and from all the people who leave me messages, as you have done today. It's been a place to share my writing, enjoy that of others and a way of letting folks back home know i'm still alive! You mentioned not being too keen on a travelogue based soley on the spelling of a place, i can totaly understand that. there where moments on the road when i felt the same! But the pursuit actually wrote our route for us and took us to places we would never have heard of, let alone seen, so i feel very lucky. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blogs, and also for sharing your thoughts. Best wishes, Lu
13th October 2009

Lovely. I don't know you, but can feel through your words a good person with a great outlook. A brilliant bit of writing. I feel inspired, seriously, I have to see Africa now. Best of luck on the book!
13th October 2009

Concern but Congrats
I've only just stumbled across your blog, have just read a few entries, so forgive me if my questions have been answered elsewhere. Can i ask where and why the idea of an "alphabet" journey came along? Would it be a not nice thing to say that this sounds almost like a commercial idea, ie., you could have a tv series or books named the african alphabet, asian, american alphabets. I'm not sure i like the idea that firstly the trip is based solely on the spelling of a place, and that the purpose is to make your story more marketable then other blogs with similar experiences. I would be grateful if you could clarify this. On the other side, i very much enjoyed reading your blogs. You describe your experiences very creatively, and ironically, i probably would go out and buy the boxed dvd set of the "Alphabet Adventures" when they are released. Anyway, best of luck with your future adventures, thank you for taking me from my office job for a few minutes each day and transporting me to wonderful sites. Will read the rest of your entries very soon
12th October 2009

'anonymous', thanks. I can totally understand why you flew over that area back in 2004/5; the civil war in Congo would have only just (officially) ended and even these days there are areas you just can't go to because of rebels. Cheers for your kind comments. Lu
12th October 2009

hi liliram, it's so nice you enjoyed my blog. This part of the journey - the Congos and Angola - made for pretty intense travel, it's nice to be able to share it. i do not recommend the stock cube sandwich under any circumstances! too many cans of pilchards, too! Best wishes, Lu
12th October 2009

Great blog
Great blog! I intended to cross the Congo and Angola overland when I set out across Africa back in 2004/5, but when it came to it I flunked out and flew over them. Thanks for sharing your well written experiences.
12th October 2009

You deserve medals!
Surely is the travel experience of a lifetime for you two! I can hardly believe a pair of backpackers would be making such an adventure. I read your blog from line to line, while in awe how you guys managed through it all. You deserve a trophy or some medals. I do not think I have as much courage, so I'd just be reading your blogs and travel vicariously. Thanks for sharing. And yes, that is something --- a sandwich of onions and soup cube? Wow [:)]
12th October 2009

thanks Peter, and Laini, thanks for your kind comments. It's true, it's hard to know what to expect when heading into Central Africa, i was quite nervous about it. Wow, we would have loved to have gone from to South to the north like you did. Next time! Best wishes, Lu.
11th October 2009

Great adventure
It is so nice to see fellow travelers , traveling by public transport . We also went by public transport from Morocco to Ghana and then continued from S. Africa and went north . We would love to have gone from Ghana to S. Africa by way of public transport but we were trying to play it safe not knowing what those countries had to offer. Great Blog!Happy Travels! Pand L Travels
5th October 2009

PA Leslie; i read and enjoyed your DRC blog when it appeared on the homepage. you were braver with your camera than i was!
5th October 2009

Hi
Was last week in Lubumbashi to experience also surreal DRC. It was for sure a little easier for me as I was taken care of by great people.
27th September 2009

what a nice message, thanks Judy! i'm glad you like the blogs, and Seth's photos - he took literally thousands, and so many were great, it was hard to pick which ones to use with the blogs. Thanks so much for taking the time to take a look at our work. Best wishes, Lu.
26th September 2009

I'm a Canadian friend of Sue's and on her last visit she gave me your website. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading about your African travels and am sorry your trip is over! Your write really well, Lu (I can say that because I'm a retired English teacher), and Seth's photos are amazing. Good luck with the books - I'll buy them for sure. Judy
23rd September 2009

sarah, thanks for reading my blogs - how was the pilgrimage?
23rd September 2009

thanks sue, and thanks for all your support :)
22nd September 2009

Congrats
Its been fun to read about your African Alphabet... I picked up your blog in my prep for doing the 88. I just did that in June and July. Keep up the good travels!
21st September 2009

awesome!
reading this was a treat and a privilege.yes i was one who thought at times that you must be mad both of you but i can't tell you how proud i am of you.so very well done!all love sue
21st September 2009

thank you, and its kind of you to read it. this one ended up much longer than i planned! best wishes.

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