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The world's top ten most desolate countries

The world's top ten most desolate countries According to a Harvard study, the earth's population will hit seven billion humans in a few months. Earlier this summer, Gadling labs profiled the effects of increasing populations on finite land resources by showcasing the world's most crowded islands. The earth is, in...

Al-Qaeda suspected of kidnapping aid workers in Mauritania

Al-Qaeda suspected of kidnapping aid workers in Mauritania The Spanish government fears that three Spanish aid workers kidnapped this week in Mauritania were taken by Al-Qaeda's North African group. The three were taken by masked gunmen from their vehicle as it was driving in a caravan to deliver aid for the group...

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle Thomas Tomczyk is serious about motorcycles. He's done three motorcycle trips across India, from the steamy southern tip all the way up to the frozen highlands of Ladakh. Now he's starting his childhood dream--an epic trip 12,500 miles (20,000 km) across Africa. His...

Listen to Africa expedition wants us to do just that

Listen to Africa expedition wants us to do just that Back in March, two Brits, Huw WIlliams and Rebecca Sumner, set off on a proposed two year, 15,000 mile journey, across Africa by bicycle. Their intention is to explore the cultures and landscapes of more than a dozen countries, all the while making audio recordings of the...

Camel cheese - coming soon to a grocery near you

Camel cheese - coming soon to a grocery near you As any proper Bedouin will tell you, camels are an essential part of a nomadic desert existence. They provide a convenient method of transportation, require little water and can stand up to great extremes of temperature. We now also know that they provide the perfect...

Immigrants' perspectives on life in the U.S.

Immigrants' perspectives on life in the U.S. One question I like to ask people who have come to live in the U.S. is in regards to what surprised them the most about living here. Something they did not expect to find-- or something they didn't think about before moving here. The surprises could be sensory based, as in,...

Dakar Rally, another victim of terrorism

Dakar Rally, another victim of terrorism On our way from Portugal to Madrid last week, we saw a lot of trucks on their way to Lisbon for the annual Dakar Rally (previously Paris-Dakar). Unfortunately, the next day, they got the sad news that the Dakar Rally was canceled for the first time ever, because of...

Independence days and elephants

Independence days and elephants I've whipped out my International Calendar to see what might be left to tell about November before it slips away from Eastern Standard Time in a few hours. What I see is a whole lot of independence days and a slew of other politically geared occasions. Nov....

Running the Sahara

Running the Sahara How's this for ballsy (I filed this one under "hiking", tho that seems to be an understatement). A couple of guys decide to do their part to help the world, in this case to bring better water conditions to Africa and Africans, and look for what would seem an impossible...

Mega, as in the Biggest Ever, African Adventure Trip

Mega, as in the Biggest Ever, African Adventure Trip Suppose you have time-lots of it. Let's say you have 44 weeks. Perhaps you'd like to go overland from Morocco to South Africa by way of Egypt. Here's a travel adventure that will take you through 10 game parks, various cultural and historical landmarks, and enough thrills...

Photo of the Day (2/24/07)

Photo of the Day (2/24/07) Having had several types of cooked liver in the past I have come to decide that it is probably the least tasty part of any animal. Yet, seeing this photo of a young man cooking up what must be considered a very yummy snack (camel liver) in Mauritania almost makes me want to...

Take a Ride on the World's Longest Train

Take a Ride on the World's Longest Train Next time you're in Mauritania, Africa, don't forget to take a ride on what is probably the world's longest train, measuring in somewhere around 3km long (1.8 miles), depending on cargo load. The train ride was mentioned on Gadling last summer in a post from Adrienne, but I...

Lisboa-Dakar Rally 2007

Lisboa-Dakar Rally 2007 Danger - it is your middle name. You're the type that likes big vehicles, fast motorcycles and gnarly tricked out cars sliding the thru desert sand in the race of a lifetime across two continents. Are you going to be there? The Lisboa-Dakar Rally kicks off this year on...

Train Ride Through Mauritania

Train Ride Through Mauritania Joanne Lane is a brave woman; snapping shots of Mauritania's Iron Ore Express as people jump off and on. Getting lost in the scramble of things she gets pushed up on the train by a husband helping his wife board and ends up sharing snacks with the lady and her child....

Word for the Travel Wise (03/17/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (03/17/06) I get pretty darn excited when I'm able to find information online on some of the world's lesser known langs or those specific to one of the many tribes or groups of people in Africa. First reason being, I've been known to drill a person for ten new vocabulary words in their...

Africa Travel: Mauritania

Africa Travel: Mauritania Okay, so those who were wondering what happened to blogging about the entire whole of Africa one country at a time for Black History month last month I'm sure you excused the gaps by now and you have my promise it won't happen again. I honestly wanted to make it happen, but...

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