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... and finally, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Interestingly, I am participating in Lent fast as the Easter season approaches. This year, I have decided to give up gossip and try not to talk about the others for the next forty days. However, I did not agree to stop writing about others, so technically, it’s not gossiping. I think. Anyway, I believe it’s interesting to find that both faiths have a fast. Maybe we’re not so different after all.
After 3 days we arrived in Sijilmasa. From what we have heard people call it the Medieval City of Gold. But from the picture i took, i can't blame them for calling it that! All around i see people trading, and mainly for gold. After a long discussion, we decided to trade our spices for gold with a local ...
Left on Tues 22nd for Timbuktu. Down the ***** in a boat with 7 of our group and the driver and his wife. Three people opted out, too dear, too dangerous, no insurance.
River trip took 3 days, arriving late on Thurs afternoon. Great ride, camping each night under the stars on the river bank. All very relaxing just watching the world drift by, small villages, fishermen, hippos and drinking the occassional ...
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... to return to tell the tale was Rene Caillie of France in 1828.
So what drove these people in their search? Timbuktu used to be a major trading post along the Saharan trade routes. Salt, gold and slaves were the main commodities and the wealth they brought meant the town took on a mythical 'streets paved with gold’ legend. Its remoteness added to the alore, which, it ...