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Trip Start Nov 29, 2006
44Trip End Feb 11, 2007
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Some book reviews:
From Sarah Heddon, USA
Wow. Asante sana. Thank you so much for sharing this
and for embarking upon this journey in general.
Once I began reading, I couldn't stop and found myself incredibly
homesick for Africa, all the different Africas you experienced and
described. Along with homesickness, I felt extremely inspired by your
tenacity and ability to execute this trip and general amazement and
fascination by the width and depth of your experiences.
I enjoyed your sense of humor immensely and found myself in various fits
of uncontrollable laughter, mainly because I've been in similar
situations or could imagine them. You portrayed the corruption,
poverty, and heartache pretty adequately and honestly, but what most
impressed me was the equally poignant descriptions of the incredible
beauty, intelligence, passions, and potential of people in these places.
I truly appreciate this and have so much respect for you as a
journalist! Dang. Amazing.
From one wanderer to another, keep pursuing this type of work, as your
talent, drive, and ability to hang off the sides of taxis or matatus and
take pics will truly "take you places."
From Betty Yeager, CANADA
I have just finished reading your incredible story of travelling through much of Africa, and it was spellbinding!
You write very well and I was totally engrossed in your experiences. I would never have even wanted, let alone dared, to do the travelling you have done in my own youth, let alone now in my senior years.
From my safe and cosy perch in Canada I simply marvelled at the hardships, fun, dangers, beauty, adventures, you experienced on your journey through Africa and told us about so well. My own few journeys were mainly in Europe--safe, beautiful days admiring the beauty of the various arts, museums and ancient buildings, enjoying the food and wines of various European countries, and certainly nothing like what you have experienced! My only experience in Africa was in Morocco, and that was enough of a culture shock for me to realize I wasn't a traveller like you so obviously are, but merely a tourist curious to explore other cultures mostly like my own, and I discovered I really wasn't comfortable in a Muslim country and seeing such poverty amongst the great wealth of the upper regime. Here in Canada we have no ancient buildings, and very few foreigners who still wear their traditional garb, although Canada is a multicultural country. Immigrants here mostly tend to blend into our society sooner or later, so Morocco was a huge shock to me and sometimes I was afraid for my safety. It really bothered me to see the women working in the fields, often carrying their babies on their backs while working with their primitive hoes and rakes to plant the crops, while the men lazed around together and drank their mint tea and then perched on their camels to go home while their women walked behind them...an amazing reality of life there compared to my western country.
Now that I am finished reading about your african adventures I doubt that anything else I read about others' adventures in far more civilized countries will ever be as thrilling as yours.
I wish you the best of luck and pleasure on your next and every other journey you take.