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  • Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

    High up in the Virungas Mountains, trying to balance on twigs with nothing to hold on to, Sheila looks up to see a large female gorilla approaching her with seemingly no plan to walk around her. Face to face with the gorilla, Sheila is unsure where to move. The ground below her is slippery and [...]

  • Mauritania Border Crossing

    This is a page of stories, anecdotes, and information about crossing the border into and out of Mauritania. From Western Sahara From Nigel Beardsley: I purchased a motorcycle in Morocco and am over landing in Africa. I have traveled through Morocco and into the Western Sahara. Exited morocco by crossing a minefield! Formalities on exiting [...]

  • Gambia Border Crossing

    Information about crossing the borders to and from Gambia. Senegal – Gambia border I crossed at the usual crossing of Karang. This was a very pleasant experience compared to Rosso. On the Senegal side formalities were completed without any expectation or demand for a gift. No hustlers offering their services for money. The only small [...]

  • Second Ivorian Civil War Podcast with Andy Graham

    In March of 2011, a contested presidential election in Cote d’Ivoire lead to politically motivated violence as well as opportunistic rioting throughout the country. As the militaries/ militias of both presidential candidates attacked their opponent’s supporters the country feel into disarray. On one side of the line was the standing president, Laurent Gbagbo, a Christian; [...]

  • Clothing in Guinea

    Guinea is a country located in West Africa. It is a predominately Muslim community. People in Guinea dress similar to other countries in West Africa. The clothing tends to be loose and conservative, though specific clothing styles vary depending on ethnicity. Traditionally men wear long loose gowns or robes over loose pants that are tapered [...]

  • Senegal Border Crossing

    Border crossing can be a stressful part of traveling, this page is to provide information about crossing the Senegal border. Did you ever cross a land border into this country? If so, submit a record of your experience of crossing the border into Senegal below. What does a traveler need to go to Senegal? What [...]

  • Teach English in Seychelles

    Seychelles in an archipelago located off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. English is one of the official languages of the island. However Seychellois Creole remains the mother tongue. All school children will study English in school. English teachers seeking work in Seychelles will probably have the best luck on the main [...]

  • Playing Football in Cape Town: The Aftermath of the 2010 World Cup

    It’s always exciting to begin a new year – and, as a Londoner, 2012 is all the more auspicious, as the Olympics arrive in our fair city this summer. Billions of pounds of investment have gone into regenerating London’s East End rust-belt, transforming chemical-stained land into a gleaming athlete’s village. But what’s going to be [...]

  • Breakdown of Traditional Beliefs Put Ecosystems in Danger

    Long honed cultural traditions, sometimes even the most ridiculous, often make sense if observed in the environment or historical contexts in which they were honed. Traditional/ old/ indigenous cultures around the world often have mechanisms which either directly or indirectly teach its members how to live sustainably within their environments — a practice often referred to [...]

  • Clothing in Democratic Republic of Congo

    Traditionally men and women in Congo wore clothes made of raffia. This is only used today though, in special ceremonies. It is much more common to see women wearing long skirts and tops with bold patterns and colors. Headwraps and hats are also popular as fashion and sun protection. Men wear a dashiki-style long shirt, [...]