Category Archive: travel

Things Fall Apart

We get on a ferry in Dakar, Senegal. And from there, things begin to fall apart. Thus starts a series of long, often bumpy rides through two countries that seem to have fallen… Continue reading

Dakar Is Still Dancing

Continuing to trace Johnson Senior’s footsteps backwards, we travel south to Dakar. Dakar, Senegal. The city’s name still seems to capture the excitement of the 1960s, the dark interiors and bright lights of… Continue reading

Entering West Africa

Where does West Africa begin? Coming from the north, we think that it begins in Senegal. Upon crossing the border from Mauritania to Senegal by boat across the Senegal River, the change is… Continue reading

To Go To Togo

Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal… and then what? Until Nouakchott (Mauritania’s capital city, built out of nothing 50 years ago), we don’t know. We know that we have to be in Togo before Guillaume’s birthday… Continue reading

There are 2 Halfas in Sudan (WHERE ARE WE??!!)

In the morning, everything was fine. Ali, the manager of our hotel in Khartoum, had arranged a taxi for us and even paid for our ride to the bus station. The taxi picked… Continue reading

Introduction to Pyramids

There is a place in Sudan where you can sleep amongst pyramids. You will find it near a small village called Bejarawiya, about 200km north of Khartoum. Here lie the royal tombs of… Continue reading

Whirling to Allah

Every Friday, an hour before sunset, a large group gathers at the tomb of Sheikh Hamed al-Nil in the Omdurman city of Khartoum. The crowd forms a circle around a handful of green… Continue reading

A Warm Welcome in Sudan

We arrive in Sudan in a cloud of dust. It takes 16 hours door-to-door from Gondar to Khartoum – a long journey, but we are just glad to make it in one day. The… Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Gondar

Our last stop in Ethiopia is Gondar, a fairy tale city. Located strategically on a hilltop, it holds a royal enclosure of the fortresses, castles, banquet and concert halls, baths, and stables of… Continue reading

Addis Admin

Nos journées à Addis sont rythmées par les heures d’ouverture et de fermeture des ambassades. Renseignements, dépôts de dossier, contre-renseignements, prises de tête, retraits de visa, soulagement: nous vivons Addis comme l’étape bureaucratique… Continue reading