Planet of the Apes, sans the Apes* December 19th 2010 When Muhammad crested the hills of black, volcanic rock, powering over them in our trusty 4WD, we got our first view of the area around Lac Abbé; I understood perfectly well, then, why someone would choose to come to this far-flung corner of the globe to shoot a scene for a movie that takes place on another world. While I will admit that I have never seen the movie, part of the original “Plane ... read more
Africa » Djibouti The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas became Djibouti in 1977. Hassan Gouled APTIDON installed an authoritarian one-party state and proceeded to serve as president until 1999. Unrest among the Afars minority during the 1990s led to a civil ... ... read more
I blame Thor Heyerdahl for my wanderlust. When I picked up his tale of the Kon-Tiki adventure in third grade, I knew I wanted to explore the world beyond the rural Midwest. Since then, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively, even living abroad for extended periods. And I continue to venture forth whenever I can.
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