Tuesday, January 22, 2008

We Arrive!

After three days, cold nights and a lot of wind along the way...we arrive in Korioume.

An eerie drive through the causeway, home fires burning in small braziers on either side of the road...slums, but "desert slums".

Our hotel is glorious. Heck -- it's a hotel! The Dove. Hmmm.

Most important job is to find a beer. Dinner would be good too...but we all enjoy a drink.

We're in Tombouctou/Timbuktu. Otherworldly with a hazy evening dust, we all wonder what awaits in the morn. No doubt a "disappointment" - but truly this town of faded glory now offers more in concept than place, I'm sure.

We'll see...

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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.