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July 1st, 2010 | Africa

Egyptian Road (Un)Safety…

There are a host of unusual road signs in Egypt… The vast majority of them undecipherable, because they are written in Arabic, of course!! Very few of the signage you will encounter is translated into English… This is a clever way of ensuring that tourists have to use a taxi to get around, otherwise, like […]

June 20th, 2010 | Africa

Cairo…!! Better late than Never !!

As soon as I stepped out onto the sidewalk outside the Cleopatra Hotel, I knew that today was going to be a scorcher… Inside the lobby of the hotel, the temperature read 34 °… It was 7.30 am…!! I squinted down the road that lead back to the highway to Cairo, and hoped that I […]

June 17th, 2010 | Africa

Livid in Luxor…

Khalid and I left The Hotel Hathor together, and rode out of Aswan in convoy on our way to Luxor, about 280 km north of where we had spent the last week. After a few minutes, I realized that I could go a lot faster through the traffic than they could and decided to push […]

May 18th, 2010 | Africa


When I woke this morning, I felt as though I had been ridden over by a truck, rather than sitting in one for 30 hours… The muscles in my back and shoulders, arms and legs, ached something fierce, and had me reaching for my tube of Deep Heat, and a double dose of Voltaren tablets… […]

May 15th, 2010 | Africa

Heading North…

Today I will be leaving the extremely comfortable and pleasant environs of Karen, Nairobi, where I have spent the last week safely ensconced in the hospitality and generosity of Angela and Roger Gauntlett, and their two delightful daughters, Gemma and Abby, and heading north through the “Badlands of Northern Kenya”… I have been told that […]

May 14th, 2010 | Africa

The Gauntlett Girls…

Having spent the last week entwined in the lives of Gemma and Abby Gauntlett, has been great fun, but has also served as a reminder to me of what I lost out on with my own daughters… So while the games of UNO and Top-Trumps were being played, Chameleons were being searched for, homework was […]