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  • hardie karges 12:33 pm on September 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Africa, Indian Ocean, islands, Mahe, Seychelles, Victoria,   

    Seychelles: Seashells by the Sea Shore 

    Tourist mags and online rags usually start any article on the Seychelles islands with something like: “Welcome to Paradise–Lucky You!” and then proceed to talk about the various suns of beaches that define the place, with scarce mention of the various sons-of-bitches that threaten it… (More …)

  • hardie karges 2:04 pm on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Africa, corruption, Equatorial Guinea, , Obiang, oil, petroleum, poverty, wealth   

    Equatorial Guinea: No Equator, lots of oil… 

    Equatorial Guinea is an anomaly, in more ways than one, it the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, thus defying the Pope-sponsored Treaty of Tordesillas (or was it tortillas?) that divided the New World into spheres of influence between Spain and Portugal, which must have been the kiss of death, since both declined not long afterwards, leaving the seas to the likes of the Netherlands, France and that United Kingdom of World Cup fame.. (More …)

  • hardie karges 11:15 pm on May 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Africa, Bahir Dar,   

    In Search Of The Nile’s Source At Bahir Dar 

    Ethiopian Christians at Bahir Dar

    Ethiopian Christians at Bahir Dar

    Today the air is cleaner… good day to backtrack a few hours to Bahir Dar… …maybe catch some vistas that I missed on the way in to Gonder… maybe my lungs can start recuperating… but the vistas are few even on a clear day, nothing more than a few old stranded Russian tanks… finally Lake Tana comes into view, monasteries dotting its islands and shores, and a thousand traditional straw-thatch tukuls dotting the landscape…

    I get a place right on the lake, for the equivalent of a ten-spot, but no TV, and Wi-Fi just a sticky wet dream (beware of cheap places advertising “wireless,” a radio). My place in Gonder actually had satellite TV with real movie channels, but only when there was electricity… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 9:49 pm on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My goodness – an adventure to say the least. My excitement is the impending birthday party on the 9th of May.

    • hardie karges 10:52 pm on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Happy birthday in advance, Esther…

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