Sahara journey: 25 camels and a map

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

TweetWay back when I first began writing the curious g, I wrote a post about a great book, a travel essay, called Shadows Across the Sahara by John Hare. I happened upon an interview that Mr Hare did with NPR, and some video of his journey. How timely as I’m about to reread the book […]






It’s almost like being there too

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Once again, get your shots, grab your passport and your gear, and prepare to experience – vicariously – some great off-the-beaten-path journeys. (Part 2 of a two-part series)











It’s almost like being there

Friday, June 5th, 2009

TweetPart 1 of 2 All my life, I’ve loved maps. It’s a combined reaction to the places maps represent and their graphical nature. I would choose a region and imagine the journeys I would take there. Now, when a real journey isn’t possible, I do the next best thing – find a great travel essay […]






Timbuktu or Bust

Friday, February 27th, 2009

TweetA few nights ago, I had the absolute pleasure of seeing a documentary at the Irish Arts Center called Dambé: The Mail Project. If the venue and the film seem a strange combo, here’s the connection. It’s a musical journey through modern day Africa with an acclaimed Irish duo of traveling players, Liam O’Maonlai and […]






What is Chad’s secret?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Deep in the Ennedi Massif in northeastern Chad lies The Sahara’s Secret Garden.











Driven by the instincts of an explorer

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

John Hare’s Shadows Across the Sahara is an amazing read, recreating Hanns Vischer’s 1906 journey along the old trade route from Tripoli to Lake Chad.