Time to travel and explore far off places is fleeting when pre-occupied with a job, grabbing a week away here or there to delve into the culture of distant places is brief at best. So when I was confronted with six spare months between jobs my imagination started running wild. I immediately set about planning several hare-brained schemes, as my family looked on holding their reservations and waiting to see how things would unfold. A family safari and the infectious enthusiasm of our guide Simo swayed my final decision to Africa.
A continent of vast expanse, cultures and climates much of Africa had existed to me as a large blank spot on a map itching to be explored. This overland trip provided the perfect freedom of opportunity to explore as and where we wanted, breaking out of the tourist bubble. Another attraction of Africa was it is one of the few remaining places where you can truly lose yourself, disconnect from the digital world, and be fully self-dependent. This seemed slightly ironic seeing as I’ve just set-up a dedicated blog, twitter feed and Facebook group!
With France’s Malian exploits stirring trouble in the West, Egypt is to be our window into Africa before making for Sudan, the Great Rift Valley, and eventually the South. However, recent troubles on the Nile may sadly force us to bypass Egypt. For the moment all we can do is nervously wait, watch and hope the situation in Egypt resolves itself.
D-day is only five and a half weeks away when we will cross the English Channel for Calais and light out for Africa. But for the moment we’re stuck doing our preparations, like Robinson Crusoe, eagerly awaiting the prevailing winds.