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There is a stereotype for Saharan guides involving a Tuareg heritage, a turban and sunglasses, a 4x4 vehicle with extended air filter, overloaded roof racks and sand ladders, and a supreme aloofness impervious to the most insufferable tourist. This type of guide gives you the impression he...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on February 8, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Transience

When I was very young and living in Holland I had a little song I hummed to myself every night as I went to sleep. It consoled me lying there alone, especially when bats flew at the windows, and humming it was an important and meaningful ritual. It puzzled and frustrated me greatly then, when...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on February 7, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Sick, Part Deux

This lump on my neck has gotten bigger and redder and more painful, and my level of concern is, um…enhanced. It is now bigger than my Adam’s Apple. Polly calls International SOS, my travel insurance company, and they refer us to their Paris office for a referral here in Tamanrasset. The Paris...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on February 6, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Sick

I wake up in the middle of the night with a bump on my neck I’ve had checked out before now red and swollen. I immediately diagnose cancer due to radiation exposure at In Ecker or from the hours spent on the satellite phone, and go back to sleep. The next day I decide to see if it goes away by...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on February 5, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Kids

I told Lakhdar that I had a very demanding audience (!) that wanted to see what life was like for kids here in Algeria, and he promptly brought me to an elementary school in one of the newer neighborhoods near his house. We entered the school walls through a big, blue sheet metal gate and found...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on February 4, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Wisdom

I met Ben Sebgab Lakhdar over a year ago the modern way: trolling the internet. Lakhdar posted his picture and some photographs of Tamanrasset and the surrounding desert on a website called Virtualtourist.com, designed to showcase the travels of its members. I sent him an email from Acton...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on February 3, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Technical Bulletin: Electronics

28 years ago I spent a year on my bicycle with an instamatic camera and a watch. I had loftier ambitions and more substantial concerns this time around. 1. Laptop: Yes, this blog is possible in part because I bought the very tiny, very expensive, and truly wonderful Sony Vaio VGN-TXN15P...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on February 3, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Poste Tamegart, Parc Nationale de l'Ahoggar

Just some images from the last few days out in the desert, a generous invitation from Faysal to join he and his friend Cecile: Cecile, Faysal and the resident guardian making dinner Cecile, here from Belgium for some mental recalibration Faysal hunting for his next photograph. He has an...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 31, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



La Reve

I dreamt last night that I was staying in a reed hut in the middle of the desert, and that I lay under a brightly lit almost-full moon sky with shadows sharp against the sand. Around me, mountainous piles of oddly shaped Boulders stood in silhouette and I could not sleep but instead lay for...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 31, 2007 from Tamanrasset, Algeria
from the travel blog: Harmattan



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