TIMBUKTU, OUAGADOUGOU OR BUST
October 2007. Wee Cheng becomes a nomad again...
In less than a week, I would set off for 3 weeks in the Eastern Caribbean and the Guianas, specifically Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and Grenada.
After Chinese New Year 2008 in February, I will head for West Africa. That will be the beginning of part 2 of my grand odyssey – Timbuktu, Ouagadougou or Bust. Nothing is fixed yet but I would definitely want to visit the fabled city of Timbuktu - the remote Sahara city renowned for the sheer difficulty of reaching there (- no tarred roads for 300km in the savannah and desert even today!) - and Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso whose name has always intrigued me (yes, one of those places one would like to know simply for the really exotic name.) I expect to spend 2 months around Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Cape Verde Islands, Guinea Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. From West Africa, I will fly to Ethiopia. I will explore the ancient civilization of Ethiopia, which was the second nation to adopt Christianity as state religion and whose alphabet was invented even before most European nations learned to write their own languages. I will also visit Djibouti, Eritrea and Somaliland, the safe part of Somalia.
Follow the journey either through yahoogroup postings or archives (subscribers would be sent occasional travel updates), or if you want all the intimate details, visit Wee Cheng's blog (very frequent updates with all sort of details and trivia).
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The Greenland Seal Hunter: Travel Tales From Distant Places
By Tan Wee Cheng (Marshall Cavendish Asia)
In this compelling travel memoir, intrepid adventurer Tan Wee Cheng writes about his travel experiences as he journeys through various distant lands. From passing through war-torn countries to joining Greenland’s Inuit people on a seal hunt to visiting the Royal Salt Mines of Wieliczka in Poland and even taking a 9,000-km journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway across the Taiga, Wee Cheng has been there. Leaving the creature comforts of his London home, Wee Cheng describes his journeys through lands with corrupt policemen, Cypriot gangsters and a host of other dangers, risking life and limb. Readers share the thrills with Wee Cheng as he recounts some of his more unusual journeys through lands that many people don’t know about and may never visit. Forget the package tour and venture into the unknown from the comfort of your armchair.
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