This week’s guest is Spud Hilton, Travel Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle:
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Gary is currently in Toronto, ON (Sep 18th, 2014)
My name is Gary Arndt. In March 2007 I set out to travel around the world...
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Uluru is one of the most iconic images of Australia, which is odd because there really is no one image of Uluru. Every angle you look at it is different from the last. Every hour of the day, the color of the rock changes depending on the light. Not only does the look of it change, it doesn’t even have one name! Also known as Ayer’s Rock, Uluru is the traditional aboriginal name and also the name it goes by today.
I had the pleasure of visiting Uluru twice, once in winter 2008 and summer 2013. During my first trip, temperatures dipped below freezing. On my second trip, temperature reached 115F (43.3C). Not even the weather is the same!
This photo essay was very different for me in that it consists of multiple images of a single subject, with images taken five years apart. If you have been to Uluru, your photos probably look totally different from mine. It is a place that I’m always willing to revisit because I know it will always be different.
My friend and author, Francis Tapon, has been traveling around Africa for the past year. While I was sailing up the west coast of Africa this year, he had been traveling across similar territory by land.
Given how different our trips were, I thought it would be interesting for Francis to compare his observations about Africa with mine. Although his experience in Africa has been much more extensive, we’ve come to similar conclusions about some things, and very different conclusions about others.
He has also begun a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the pilot episode of the Unseen Africa TV show. All money raised will go directly to the production of the pilot.
Take it away, Francis….
But first, a bit of background on how Gary and I met. Probably like you, I first bumped into Gary in cyberspace. Soon thereafter, I was on his “This Week in Travel” show to discuss the sexiest country ever: Moldova.
Latitude: 30° 25.2′ N
Longitude: 9° 37.72′ W
Our arrival in Morocco marks the last day of our trip.
Most of the countries we visited on this tour had very low numbers of tourists. Morocco was one of the exceptions. Because of that, I assumed that going through customs and immigration for Morocco would be the easiest of the entire trip, especially considering we did it just 2 days earlier when we landed in Dakhla.
I was mistaken.
Latitude: 28° 29.64′ N
Longitude: 013° 51.49′ W
I’ve decided to merge these two days because our visit to Fuerteventura was the shortest of all our ports of call. We had limited time on the island because the ship had to get to Agadir, Morocco the next day at a set time.
I had previously visited the Canary Islands in 2011 and it was a great experience. I visited most of the islands, but never got to El Hiro and Fuerteventura, so our stop on the island was interesting to me in that it was one of the few islands in the Canaries which I hadn’t visited.
Latitude: 23° 50.5338′ N
Longitude: 15° 51.4997′ W
No one knew what to expect in Western Sahara. Last year, the West Africa trip ended in Senegal, so even the staff didn’t know what to expect. It isn’t a place that most people even know about, and the name doesn’t really lend itself to much more than sand.
Before I get into the details of what we did, however, I think a bit of backstory about Western Sahara is in order.
Latitude: 21° 05.20′ N
Longitude: 17° 51.30′ W
As the cruise is winding down, I thought it was worth it to take a moment to talk about the passengers on the ship.
Prior to boarding the ship in Cape Town, I suspected that the other passengers would be well traveled people. West Africa isn’t the sort of trip a first time traveler takes.
My suspicions were right.