By Chris Harvie
Uninterested in tragic tales, Chris Harvie units out to work out thepositive part of the 'Dark Continent' and to get pleasure from its existence andlaughter. don't Take This highway to El-Karama is the entertainingaccount of an epic highway journey that takes him from hishome outdoor the Kruger nationwide Park to the banks of theNile in Uganda – and again again.In his haphazard and just a little eccentric travels, Harvieencounters missionaries and mechanics, locals and ex-pats,rascals and rogues. Delving into his personal combined British andSouth African identification, he attempts to fathom – in his trademarkwitty and sardonic variety – the post-independence nationalcharacter of the southern, valuable, and east African countriesthrough which he and his partners pass.Delightfully opinionated, brimming with fascinating facts,questionable remark and doubtful speculations, this bookis crucial interpreting for somebody with greater than a passinginterest in Africa, trip, heritage and other people; in a great read;or simply...
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She had a floppy hat pulled down over her light brown bob and his crewcut spiked back in the camera flash. Anton was wrapped up in a fleece and clutching a cup of coffee as I brought the last of the bags down and loaded them into their niche in the back of the bakkie. There was an excited buzz of anticipation. It was the cut-off moment and we were nervous. Whatever we had forgotten now would stay behind forever. It had been a tricky couple of weeks since Mike and Moira had arrived from England.
Now, down every one of those dusty side streets was a supermarket, often South African-owned, and chains of furniture and clothes shops. In a way it was sad, simply because this South African-ness was gradually undermining and whittling away at the roots of Botswana and its neighbours, but it was also progress. Next time, I suppose, we might skirt Francistown via a ring road, but for now it was still very Botswanan and with no risk of a branch of PC World or Hi-Fi Connection, so the iPod remained unfixed.
Now, after twenty gargantuan minutes of carting around and fitting together kit, an honourable draw was declared. We had all the right poles and parts. We could do this. A number of stray children ran through the campsite, taunting dogs. We tried not to be irritable, but it had been a long day. ) deliciously cold beers each and fell into a deliriously calm daze. I knocked up a quick mushroom pasta, vegetarian ingredients escaping more easily the interest of the foot-and-mouth bullies, we had a couple of glasses of wine each and then, cocooned in our tents – our homes for the next 16 weeks – we wrapped ourselves in sleeping bags and passed out.
Do Not Take this Road to El-Karama by Chris Harvie