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Recommended reading on the Black, Arab & Berber people and diversity of the Sahara | From the Atlas Mountains in the Sahara to the Hoggar plateau, there was a huge desert, where a traveller could see vast areas of land covered by sand: the sand alternated with rocks in many areas of the desert. The sand dunes were at times as high as two hundred metres: the powerful desert storms from the north east along the Gassis corridor contributed immenselyRead more

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Algiers Series | Timimoun Connections | A young boy orders some snacks from the tea hotspot in central Algiers. Customers are plenty at this favourite snack hut in the heart of the capital. Friendly chat is exchanged as people wait for their orders of fresh mint tea. The tea shop resembles a hole in the wall but one that is not easily missed. In a box-like store in the wall, a window allows passersby to peer in from the sidewalkRead more

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Re: the vagabonds we meet in travel |It Was Nice Knowing You | She was fascinated by anybody’s ability to capture a bewildering emotion in spoken or written word a systematic lyric (musique*) or a consuming melody what a gift to decipher what a joy to be as precise as traveling light and sound frequencies gravitational pulls that keep us grounded when we have nothing left (walou*) but the love we must give to another under these flickering street lightsRead more

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Doha Series | Souq Baggage | It’s just after 4pm and the Souq reopens for the evening. A hamaliya worker (mover in Arabic) paid to carry heavy goods in his wheel barrow takes a rest on it while the shopkeeper packs the items he is to transport to the customer’s car. He prays on his prayer beads, reciting religious scripture at every possible moment he gets for himself and it’s peaceful to observe.  Read more

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Manama Series: Business at Manama Souq l An elderly Bahraini man selling various imported goods invites passersby over to take a look at his market stall. Among the goods he sells are kitchen appliances, toothbrushes, hair combs and toothpicks. In Manama, Bahrainis work across all fields from taxi drivers to bankers and shopkeepers. Bab Al Bahrain (meaning Gateway of Bahrain in Arabic) is where the city’s souq begins and it really does provide a passage into the country’s innercity spirit as its peopleRead more