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Polo's Bastards Top 10 Worst Destinations

Polo's Bastards Top 10 Worst Destinations With the current conflict going on between Ethiopia and Somalia, my mind immediately began to wonder what the writers at Polo's Bastards had been up to and what dangerous lands they've been exploring. Last time I checked in they'd just posted a piece on Rio's favelas. Since...

Word for the Travel Wise (11/01/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (11/01/06) I'm on the run this evening so I'm hitting you with another Somali word to start the month. Hope this one comes in handy someday. Today's word is a Somali word used in Somalia: magacaa - What is your name? Since Somali isn't spoken by a large population learning the...

Word for the Travel Wise (10/12/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (10/12/06) Occasionally for some of the harder languages to learn online, I try to go back and do some more site searching. It can be an exhausting task at times. Many sites are just dead ends to error messages or really aren't worth visiting, but here is one for the Somali language I...

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of September 10

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of September 10 Kick back, relax and get ready for your weekly highlights of some Gadling's favorites. There were dozens this week, but I managed to narrow it down to these five. Hope you enjoy! 5. BT Blogger Blab Post Mortem: Sure this one isn't really going to help you in making your next...

Reverse Culture Shock: Teaching the Somalians about America

Reverse Culture Shock: Teaching the Somalians about America When traveling to poorer countries, one is often faced with culture shock over the wretched conditions, lack of sanitation, dismal food and extraordinarily poor quality of life. But what happens when the opposite occurs? What happens when someone leaves their mud hut in...

Word for the Travel Wise (06/18/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (06/18/06) Just a quick note for all the wonderful adventure dads or armchair traveling fathers reading here this Sunday evening, hope you're having a most magnificent father's day and more! Today's word is a Somali word used in Somalia: aabbe - (pronounced ah-bo) father Since Somali...

Word for the Travel Wise (04/25/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (04/25/06) Lee from Polo's Bastards has just sent word that a writer has just returned from Mogadishu, Somalia and will be posting his story to the site soon. I can't tell you how thankful I am for those who are unafraid to run off to places with such a bad rep and come back safely to...

Word for the Travel Wise (03/29/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (03/29/06) Here's a cool little lesson on the various ways to describe a camel in Somali, 46 to be exact. The author of the blog asks that we don't take their word for all variations, but considering how little I know about Somali now I think I'll take my chances of picking one and...

Africa Travel: Somalia

Africa Travel: Somalia Let's let out a sigh before we touch quickly on Somalia. There is no tourism site developed for this East African country bordering the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean because of the constant violence and famine. Polo's Bastards, notorious for going places they shouldn't be...

Word for the Travel Wise (01/16/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (01/16/06) One look at my friend's two year-old niece and she'll melt your heart. She's an absolute doll and incredibly smart. While the little one is far from having mastered the English language her vocabulary is already being peppered with the Somali language as well. It is during...

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