In Egypt, I decided to cheat on one of my travel goals. As most of you know, I decided before the trip started to get one tattoo on each of the continents I went to. On the original route, that was to be five tattoos. Since my route change, it’s now going to be six.
17 Norias (water wheels) that date back to Ottoman times in the city, which is in Syria. When they are in use, they make a distinctive sound….The famous norias of Hamah, Syria — basically huge water wheels, but the sound is very distinctive.
I’d better write this while its all still on my mind, because I’d prefer to just purge it as soon as possible. I’ve written before that all is not wine and roses when on the road this long – though many travel writers paint such an overwhelming positive picture about […]
at one point on our four day desert odyssey in Sudan, our driver decided to take a route that was a bit off the main road. According to his GPS directions, we were supposed to hug close to the rail line between Khartoum and Wadi Haffi.
Sudan was the first fully Islamic state I have visited – Sharia law is in effect there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia. It was also the first police state I’ve been to. You have no doubt read about the problems there – foremost of those the situation in Darfur, but also the independence movement […]
https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2009/07/07/the-adventures-of-fayettevilles-michael-hodson/ and more blogs coming. Syria apparently bans blogspot (and Facebook). So I haven’t been able to post, but I leave Syria in two days. Will get some stuff up then.
Sometimes you have to relearn life lessons over and over before they stick with you. Yesterday, with my good friend David Roberts (who was nice enough to come join me for about a week on my trip), we both relearned one of the classics. Always, always ask how much something […]