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31st October, Opuwo, Namibia

31st October, Opuwo, Namibia

I’m once again trying to write an entertaining blog post beneath the distracting cacophony of chirrups and tweets of the various beautiful birds fluttering around me. Needless to say we have now reached our penultimate country, Namibia, and as we expected, it is hot...
Breaking News!

Breaking News!

Moni! We’re in Malawi. A breathtaking country boasting Africa’s third largest lake, sweeping cliff top views and the reddest, most thoroughly seductive moonrises we’ve encountered thus far. Appropriate then that we have decided to pause the trip here, stashing Ambi...

Day 113: Arusha

Habari! After our third sweep through Kigali we headed south-east out of Rwanda via the bridge at Rusumo Falls. In 1994 this crossing served as the funnel through which an estimated 500,000 Rwandans – half of them within one 24 hour period – fled from their home...
Day 91: Kigali

Day 91: Kigali

Salut! Would you believe it! Even after everything that has befallen this little country, Rwanda still speaks French. Before delving into the kaleidoscopic beauty of the place I should first fill in some significant gaps, Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Ol...
Day 81: Nairobi

Day 81: Nairobi

Jambo! Having had the noble intention to avoid all capital cities, we seem nonetheless to have frequented each and every one. This time though, we are in the capital of capitals, Nairobbery… sorry, Nairobi. You will be pleasantly surprised to hear that we have not yet...
Day 54: Addis Ababa

Day 54: Addis Ababa

Hello! There are 77 languages in Ethiopia, not to mention the many more regional variations, so reluctantly we have been reduced to the ubiquitous Christian greeting! Our current vocabulary mainly consists of the very useful Amharic words: ‘ishee’ – ‘ok’/’yes’/’good’...
Day 36: Khartoum

Day 36: Khartoum

Is Salaam Alykum… still speaking Arabic! I am sat in the peaceful shade of a mango tree in the sandy back yard of a youth hostel in Khartoum, little birds cooing and tweeting in the boughs above me and red kites soaring high in the sky (common scavengers here!) It...
Day 19: Izkenderun

Day 19: Izkenderun

Salaam! Whilst sitting looking longingly at the Mediterranean from Izkendurun, we realise we have reached purgatory. Now that our departure for Egypt and Africa has been arranged for the precise time of “some time between Friday morning and midnight Saturday,” we sit,...
Day 10: Thessaloniki

Day 10: Thessaloniki

Kalimera! As many of you might know from following the little red dot, today we have awoken in a hotel in Thessoloniki that possesses those crucial things, a hot shower and warm beds. We arrived in the dark, so perhaps best not to cast judgement yet, but the city...