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Sahara 03 - Alisa Christensen

Posted by Alisa Christensen on Dec 02, 2004 Add a Comment 0

Alisa_sahara.jpgI remember when I was planning my travels throughout Europe in 2003, Morocco stood out to me. The main reason it appealed to me was for the world famous Sahara Desert, apart from that attraction I was yet to realise this country holds a lot more treasures that would touch me forever, the people, the colour, the cuisine, the shopping, its history and its religion. Morocco was the first place I had traveled to where I experienced waking up in the early hours of the morning to a loud voice projecting across the city - breaking into a prayer. This was something I had only ever seen on movies and documentaries and here I was waking up at three in the morning listening to this foreign voice that the entire city would wake up for and embrace and follow...

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Just another death in Africa - Karsten Horne

Posted by Karsten Horne on Dec 28, 2007 Add a Comment 0

KH_africa_death.jpgThe lion wearily got to her feet, stretched her powerful limbs and shook her head lightly to remove the incessant flies that held on grimly to her fur. Beside her lay her sister's who were gently stroking each others faces whilst a dozen cubs were rolling around play fighting in the long yellow grass. Way off in the distance, a line of wildebeest were cantering in a straight line to god knows where, each one with their noses up the other ones butts. They were built like rugby players, head down, bum up, - strangely proportioned with the little beards, not unlike Shannon Noll. The lioness observed them carefully and somewhere in that thundering grey line she spotted a weak link. Instantly she was on her feet gliding silently through the long grass toward her prey. A quick look back was a signal to her sisters...

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An old man in Malawi - Karsten Horne

Posted by Karsten Horne on Jan 05, 2008 Add a Comment 0

KH_malawi.jpgAlick Masaya Banda is a second year university student at the University of Malawi, Mzuzu campus. He is studying cartography and is the first member of his family to attend high school, let alone university. He lives with his brother, sister, their partner's and their four young children. They all do their bit to support this typical Malawian family unit. His father died "many years ago", his mother lives in a village further down the lake. Alick at 21 is one of the few old people you see in the streets, with half the population under 15 and an average life expectancy of 34, he gave me the respect normally reserved for an elder. We sat chatting out the front of the Graceland Cafe confessing that he'd spent most of his life hanging out there, unaware of the link with Elvis. The only resemblance, although slender, to the...

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Hope in the Delta - Karsten Horne

Posted by Karsten Horne on Jan 11, 2008 Add a Comment 0

KH_delta.jpgBotswana is all about the Okavango Delta, unless of course you are talking about the rest of the country, most of which is desert. If you own the "Gods must be crazy" franchise then it may be worth visiting the Kalahari, otherwise everybody wants a piece of the Delta.   Twice after leaving Zimbabwe we had to step out of the truck and walk across a mangy piece of sponge - I think it was to stop foot and mouth disease, looked like a slice of pizza that had been in the back of fridge for a month. Officially that was the indication that we had crossed the border however very soon it was clear we were in a more prosperous nation. A visit to the supermarket in Maun highlighted this by the overflowing shelves, queues at the checkouts and a large healthy looking population. Now when...

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A billionaire in Zimbabwe - Karsten Horne

Posted by Karsten Horne on Jan 18, 2008 Add a Comment 0

KH_zim.jpgZambia is big, bigger than France and Spain put together - add that to the fact that the roads are shocking and you end up with an enormous proposition that we had to cross from east to west. It took two full days of driving, one 60km stretch consumed three hours alone, several times a perfect bitumen road resembled the surface of the moon, recent rains having done irreparable damage. Zambia was all about rain, heavy storms and downpours punctuated our whole time there - a godsend as the red soil would have got into everything if it had been given the chance to dry.   Our highlight in Zambia was a couple of days in a houseboat on Lake Kariba. It was a great relief to get off the bone jarring truck and onto what looked like something straight off the Mississippi, all it needed was a paddle...

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I thought I'd never get back to Egypt - Ria Hilderink

Posted by Ria Hilderink on May 09, 2008 Add a Comment 0

ria_egypt.jpgEGYPT ......................a place I have always wanted to return to EGYPT ......................a place I thought I would never get to again   I can claim I have been to Egypt; in 1976 when Sinai was still a part of Israel. The amazing Sinai desert with Mount Sinai, the beautiful Red Sea with places such as Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab.   This time I did it in style with compliments of Emirates Airlines and Icon Holidays; staying in luxury hotels and a luxury cruise - opposed to sleeping in a homemade tent on the beach of Nueba.   We flew Emirates to Alexandria, part business class and part economy class. Business class on the direct service between Melbourne and Dubai is absolutely wonderful. I am pleased to say that all business class seats on flights via...

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An Amazing Holiday in Mauritius - Jo Walsh

Posted by Jo Walsh on Mar 12, 2009 Add a Comment 0

image.jsp.jpgWinning a trip to Mauritius for two is definitely up there as one of the best prizes you could ever win and who better to take than your best friend - Miss Ivy May! With our flight only confirming 24 hours before it was due to depart, we didn't have too much time to get excited or to make any plans but I know we both had the same things on our mind.... paradise beaches, beautiful turquoise water and plenty of sunshine.   Well you can't blame us for being a little disappointed when, upon arriving into Mauritius, we were accompanied by a giant rain cloud that didn't look like it was going anywhere for a long time. "It could be a cyclone" said our transfer driver, "It'll be like this for a few days", as our fantasies shattered in to millions of pieces around us....

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There's no WiFi in the Kasbah - Karsten Horne

Posted by Karsten Horne on Apr 02, 2009 Add a Comment 0

KH_wifi.jpgIt's my birthday and what better way to celebrate than a run through the streets of Marrakech to explore this fascinating city. Just near our hotel I discover a beautiful formally laid out park, birds singing, lovely old trees and manicured lawns, typical of many parks we found in Spain. However this one differs somewhat, everywhere dotted throughout the park are stand up Internet booths. Welcome to Cyberpark, (where apparently web cam pashing is the latest craze), modern Morocco's way of rejecting the old and bringing in the new. For teenagers Internet dating is all the rage in the cities as the new generation turn their back on arranged marriages of the past and asks computers to the recruitment work that used to be the sole domain of their parents. In the Arab World partners are found early and fast, the culture not allowing the...

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There's no Huggies in the Medina - Karsten Horne

Posted by Karsten Horne on Apr 12, 2009 Add a Comment 0

KH_huggies.jpgI'm here sitting on the roof of the riad, looking down on thousands of roof tops, all joined together by brownish grey walls dating back over a thousand years. The only evidence of change in that time is the sea of tiny satellite dishes that are perched proudly like sea gulls into a storm all facing the same way, the sun reflecting to create the effect of sparkling diamonds against the muddy backdrop. The almost eerie silence is suddenly punctuated by the Imans at over a dozen mosques who simultaneously commence the daily Islam teaching via speakers placed on top of the minarets. Between breaks, the Faqihs lead a chorus of chanting and singing that penetrates your very soul, the pitch rising and falling and the volumes changing with the wind. There is no escaping the performance, then again it's not every day you get to spend...

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Living the Himba Dream - Karsten Horne

Posted by Karsten Horne on Jan 26, 2012 Add a Comment 0

Himba_KH.jpgThe Sacrifice The young boy couldn't have been more than seven years old; he had a shaved head except for a small plait that trailed down his back almost reaching his tattered loincloth. I watched fascinated as he carefully picked up the knife, held down the animal and slit it's throat. There was a slight flinch from the stricken goat but no cringing or hysterics from the boy; clearly this was all part of his routine. Once the blood stopped pumping from the severed artery the boy and his father expertly butchered the animal by which time I'd lost interest in the whole affair and quietly retreated. The Beauty Anyway I'd promised one of the single women that I'd join her on her daily trek to fetch water for the village. We set off barefoot enjoying the coolness of the sand, as it was still early...

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