Tag - africa

A Bad Night in Guinea

My flight arrived at 2:00 in the morning  with the kind craziness and chaos only west Africa can claim. Hundreds of passengers with health papers scrawling their names and trying to ram their baskets through impossible passageways. Welcome to Guinea. I readied myself for the barrage of taxi drivers that i knew would be waiting to pounce on me as soon as I...

Mauritania in 2 Days

I’d been waiting for immigration to wave me through, but the police seemed much more interested in praying or looking at their phones for it even to register that I’d been waiting on them for nearly an hour.  I was the last one in the airport and my bag was lying 50 feet away on the other side of the stanchions. They joked with each other in Arabic, I tried...

The Most Beautiful Beach on Earth (and how to get there)

NatGeo named it the prettiest beach on earth. CNN claims that the beach on the opposite side of the island is the best on the planet. My guide, who probably hasn’t been to nearly as many places as the two networks, swore that the best beach he’d ever seen was one on the same island but couldn’t be reached by car and had been overlooked. How do you visit the most...

What I’ve learned about Madagascar

I know cartoons aren’t real (except for Scooby Doo of course) so my expectations for Madagascar didn’t really include singing lemurs and wise-cracking penguins, but I did imagine that it was quite different than it really is. It’s very difficult to get the real scoop on this country since Google maps will NOT give you driving directions and you...