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Fire

Wolf and I packed up and got ready to leave before the day advanced much so to avoid traveling at night. He turned the ignition key, sent power to the starter motor, applied some pressure to the gas pedal and then looked at me with a slight frown. He asked, “What is that strange noise”? We...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 23, 2007 from Ghardaia, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Hope

I met Aliau Doiallo as he was working on a construction project in the palm grove where I am staying, and got the chance to hear his story over some olives and almonds and really strong mint tea.Aliau first left his home in Bamako, Mali at age 15, to find a job in Europe. He hitched 2200...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 15, 2007 from Ghardaia, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Party

Phone call from Wolf Gaudlitz: join him in Guerara tomorrow at Kherfi Ibrahim's for a party with the whole gang that got me into the country after a cold night stuck at the border. It's a 120km bike ride in the wrong direction, I'm hopelessly inept at parties, but I owe these guys a big thanks...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 15, 2007 from Ghardaia, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Brothers

I spent the day riding my bicycle all over the M’Zab valley, and then out of the valley to the desert above. The M’Zabites fled persecution to settle here in the cracks of the desert plain, creating a place so unique and consistent in its architecture that it is now protected by UNESCO. With...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 13, 2007 from Ghardaia, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Chez Said

Ahmed and I caught the 10pm bus for Ghardaia. I bought two tickets for 350 Dinar each, and found comfortable, upholstered seats. In the dark we headed west, a trip I had hoped to bicycle, a trip that would have taken me almost a week accomplished in 4 hours, a trip in utter darkness, stars,...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 12, 2007 from Ghardaia, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Love and Desire

I had dinner last night with Mohamed, a 29 year old student of Biology and the Environment with a lot of interest in global warming and nuclear waste. We talked trash. He told me recycling was just beginning to become an accepted concept in Algeria, but that the predominant attitude remained...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 12, 2007 from Ghardaia, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



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