Sunday Spotlight – Accra (Ghana)

I promised myself I would lay off West Africa a little bit after all the stuff on Burkina Faso and the malaria, but well when I was thinking ahead for this week’s Sunday Spotlight, all I could think of was Accra, the capital of Ghana. Now, I have to start by saying I can’t say …

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When I carried on up the Khyber!

For anyone familiar with the ‘Carry On’ films, there’s one of the best (it helps if you have an appalling taste in humour) called ‘Carry on Up the Khyber’. Which I am using to segue from my title to my actual post here. 2004, as part of my crossing from Dhaka to Europe by land, …

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Trip of a Life Time – Italy

So, it was from Cairo that I flew into Munich, Germany, and the Eurail adventure was set to begin.  Leading up to the journey, I was really looking forward to catching trains through Europe (as anyone familiar with my blog might guess!) and so I had a pass that 10 days travel across Germany, France, …

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Trip of a Life Time – Part 7 – Egypt (continued)

If you search back a month or so you’ll see my report on the train journey southwards to Aswan from Cairo – a seat in an overnight train packed full of families and the like. To wake in the morning (after very little sleep of course – two hours if lucky) and see we were …

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Train Journeys – Oslo to Bergen (Norway)

Some train journeys are memorable for the people, the activity, the engine, the atmosphere. Some just to say you did them, but some are memorable because of the view, the location, and one of Scandinavia’s best journeys is memorable for just that. From Norway’s capital, Oslo, travelling westwards to the coastal town of Bergen (a …

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A Date With Malaria Part Three

Before I begin the final part of my experience with malaria in a West African nation on my own and thousands of miles away from my friends and family – oops, sorry too much there, I think it’s really important to remember that malaria is still a killer, despite the work that has gone into …

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Trip of a Life Time Part Six – Egypt – Alexandria and Cairo

Moving on from one legendary country (in my mind pre-trip) to another, Egypt is one that can easily catch a traveller’s imagination, right? The pyramids, right? Deserts, oasis, camels, Cairo, I half didn’t think it was possible to go there until I started planning this trip, and come mid-April 1999 I was on my way …

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