Wednesday, January 23, 2008


This is the port town on the Niger about 20km or so from Tombouctou.

Our long day started off with an immediate halt: one ferry broken, so a long queue, despite the early departure.

Like any port, even this small one was a hive of activity - just a few pics here.

There was something just "so" about seeing a ferry come with a load of camels in the desert..we all sort of looked at each other and grinned at the incongruity.

Once our ferry was in, we spent a good 30 minutes cramming as much as we could on. Every centimetre was used; our 4x4 was locked in, and Glen cautiously crawled out the window, thoughts of the proverbial overloaded African ferry sinking in his head. Smart move, no doubt.

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An inveterate traveler, who has explored all seven continents, Neil centres his freelance writing today on travel.
Published work includes travel writing in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Buffalo News, Travel Scoop and The Wonderful World of Budget Travel. Featured destinations include: Toronto, Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Qufu, China; Oaxaca, Mexico; Jersey, Channel Islands; Trans-Siberian Express.
Neil’s photography focuses on finding images of the worlds he visits that capture the essence of “place”. Whether photographing landscapes, archaeological sites or locals, the goal is to make a picture emotive of what brought one there.
Photography has been published in Camera Canada, Foto Flash, Minolta Mirror and travel publications, as well as displayed at gallery exhibits in Toronto.