A Night on the Afghani Border

I traveled by Ford Econoline van from Athens to Kabul in 1976.  In total I spent 7 weeks in Afghanistan after arriving in the capital city, traveling by public bus, hitchhiking, and by arranging rides with truckers.  I did some trekking and travel by horseback, too. When my travel companions and I checked out of … Continued

Ethiopia: Harar in Chaos

  Harar street scene: Photo by Jack McGory The hyenas circled the perimeter of the alley, audibly gnashing their teeth and giving voice to low, guttural growls.  Their feet padded softly on the dirt, but the animals’ smell overwhelmed even the fetid stink from the narrow alleyway, where night soil from an open sewage canal … Continued

Jamaica: Reggae Nation

Think rum, reggae beats and full on sunshine–welcome to a holiday in Jamaica! Sitting firmly in the Caribbean, this is the perfect destination for a chilled-out holiday to remember. Brimming with top-class all-inclusive hotels, this is a break that you may think costs the earth, but in reality, it’s more affordable than you realise. Flights … Continued

Gambia: Life in an African Compound

In late 1979 I arrived in the West African country of Gambia, broke as the day is long.  Having a poor understanding of the country’s infrastructure, I assumed that having money wired  from abroad would be a relatively easy task and was not overly concerned. I was misinformed. I had come to this sliver of … Continued

Sudan: Paradise Found and Lost

  1) Pyramid field near Jebel Barkal NOTE: All photos by Jack McGory except as noted An area in the Sudan used to exist that would have ranked as a premier destination beside  Kathmandu Valley in the 1960s or perhaps Bhutan in the 1950s, had any traveler the audacity to report on the place.  Where? … Continued

Get Out of the City and into the Swamp

So often when people travel for short trips to a specific city, it is the city they tend to explore and nothing more.  They pull out their city maps, with all the hot spots highlighted and listed alphabetically, and plan walking or bus routes to see what they can see.  And there’s nothing wrong with … Continued

Yemen: Arabia Felix vel Infortunatus

The area known today as Yemen was named by the Romans as Arabia Felix, a moniker that holds less truth in the current age. Before 1972, Yemen, then split between the old British protectorate to the south and the feudal country of North Yemen, was closed to outsiders.  The north opened suddenly, and with that … Continued

Don’t Plan. Just Do.

Planning. Oh, planning. The bane of many a traveller out there, planning is the thorn in the side of the beauty of exploring new places for so many. Whether or not you’re a person who’s planning is simply booking a flight or bus to their next destination, or a person who likes to have their … Continued

Turkey: To the East in 1976

I drove across Turkey in 1976 in a Ford Econoline van with two friends and a few new acquaintances, on the way from Athens to Kabul.  Some of this trip’s highlights have been related elsewhere, but events in Eastern Turkey stand out, even after all these years. The western portion of the country is a … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel