Just Go…

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Back in 2oo2, I took my first trip to the African continent. I flew into Johannesburg, South Africa and 4 months later I flew out of Cairo, Egypt, having visited 8 countries during that time.  Looking back (yes, that’s a long 15 year look back) I am amazed by the lack of planning I had done before…

I Still Remember … Mr. Mandela

Posted in Africa| South Africa

My first steps on African soil were in the country of South Africa.I still remember landing in Johannesburg.I still remember visiting Soweto.I still remember visiting Nelson’s Mandela’s home and then bumping into Winnie Mandela just outside as we were preparing to leave.I still remember visiting Robben Island and thinking how cold and stark it felt even…

Music 2 Travel

Sitting in my little cubicle hovel, having not seen the sun since I walked out of the parking garage at 7:35 AM, I put the iPod on Shuffle and the first song that comes on is “Trapped by Love” by Manu Chao. If you haven’t heard of Manu Chao, do a quick search on iTunes and…

A Little Geography Lesson

Posted in Africa| London

With our national curmudgeon, Andy Rooney, passing away last week, this post is a little tribute to him. Mostly because I’m about to briefly sound like a crotchety old man as I point out one of my travel pet peeves (apologies in advanced). While not as serious as the European debt crisis or uprisings in the…

Oman – Sand Sick and Loving It

Posted in Africa| Djibouti| Oman| UAE

We planned our adventure to Oman to fall just after our trip to Djibouti. Jen and I had both travelled enough to know that the “unexpected” in Djibouti would probably make us appreciate our stay in a luxury hotel in Oman even more. We were so right. Jen had been to Oman a number of years…