Once upon a time

Trip Start Aug 07, 2007
Trip End Nov 07, 2007

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Once upon a time there was a small boy with a Honda 250 XLR pikipiki, which he loved very much.  They went everywhere together and had many happy adventures playing in and around Mwanza.  In fact the bike was the boy's only real friend, as the people in Mwanza didn't trust people with beards and one eyelid lower than the other.  After the boy's contract as science teacher at Isamilo School finshed he decided to elope with his bike back to the UK, where no one would judge them.
So he set his route, which was not the easiest thing in the world due to the rather large number of wars going on in Africa at any one time; packed his bags with as many marmite and cheese sandwiches as he could carry; turned himself into a 5* motorbike mechanic (scoff); and set off on his travels.
The plan: Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Italy, France, Britain.  3 months.  Whether this  will be possible he does not know.  Perhaps he will break down 10km from Mwanza and get a daladala straight to the airport.  Perhaps he will not be allowed into Libya and will have to turn right at Cairo instead.  Perhaps (as was suggested by some mean-spirited friends) he is actually just going to Nairobi to get a cheaper flight, after which he will send blog entries periodically from his comfy seat in SW London, pretending to be in far-off climes.  Whatever happens he hopes he will see some amazing sights, meet some interesting people, and have some adventures-just not too adventurous ones.
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jenny_komrower on

we are missing you already
Okay so we are guessing you are now confortably in Nairobi airport, ar e you flying kenyan or british airways!!!!

Just a quick one mate to say we are missing you and despite all the wise cracks, becaues we are so wise and well funny!!!! are with you on this trip in spirit and know that you will make it safely, its a fab fabtastic thing to do and not matter what you think, we will read your book... if nothing else it will take pride of place in the toilet!!! hee hee

Well take care, enjoy the first class lounge...
love ya
love me

dicknden on

come back!
If you're not enjoying yourself and want to turn round, we're heading back to mwanza next week karibu our spare room love Dick n Den in da bungalow

pwaugh on

Nice One Charlie!!!
Good Luck!!!!
You are now experienced in Africa so am sure will be ready for most surprises....
Lesley and I are looking forward to reading about your adventures over the next 2 months and looking forward to hearing all about it first hand when you are back in the UK.

Always a place for you to stay here in Oxfordshire...
Paul and Lesley

murdo_99 on

Keep on keepin on!
What I want to know is where is the next 'Starbucks' so you can log on and give us the next installment?

magardner on

Good Luck
Wow Charlie! That's going to be one hell of an adventure, good luck!



cmclark on

Watch this space
Good luck with your journey. Auntie Val and I will be following your postings with interest.
Enjoy it.
Auntie Maeve

maruxavial on

Something I would like to do and I will never do
I wish I could make decisions like yours...but since I can't I will imagine I am going at the back of your Honda, may I? Good luck!

I am Eva's sister (your Spanish ex-colleague)

bhartwright on

Watch out for Sudan
Hello mate, sounds like fun. Looking forward to watching that beard grow. Cheers, Ben (and Caragh I am sure)

purplepaws88 on

Watching the boy get wings !!!!
Hi hon
Your trip sounds amazing - loving the drama - you certainly know how to capture your audience !!!
Just off to Randolph to watch Craig's graduation - the boy has done good !!!! Wish you were here in sunny Texas - Love you xxx - Claire

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