For the first part of the series, see here
Since I love to travel and experience new cultures and traditions, these are the countries and places I’d like to visit some day:
1. Mali, and then specifically the cities Ségou and Timbuktu.
I want to visit these cities mainly because one of my favorite books, Segu by Maryse Condé, is set in those two important Malian cities. I want to touch the city walls, wander through the cities and wonder if three hundred years ago my ancestors did the same. It’s a pity though. Some of the places I want to visit haven’t been the safest, and Timbuktu is one of these unsafe cities. And they usually become unsafe right after I express interest in visiting them. Le sigh.
2. Senegal: I honestly don’t have a specific reason for why I want to visit Senegal. I just know that I want to.
3. Ghana: I mainly want to visit Ghana because of the historical and cultural ties my country has with the region that we now call Ghana.
4. Nigeria, and then specifically Northern Nigeria. This is another example of a region that’s becoming increasingly unsafe. My interest in this part of the world got triggered after I saw pictures of the Durbar festival in Kano. Just beautiful… And the combination of men with turbans on horses? Gets me every time..:-)
5. Angola and the Cape Verdian Islands because of the music.
6. One of the Swahili countries. Preferably Tanzania and/or the Comoro islands.
7.Ethiopia: As someone from a very Caribbean South American country, I was raised with a lot of reggae music and elements of the Rastafari religion. So I have to visit “the land of Jah Rastafari” at least once right? Must visits are the city of Harrar and the Lalibela churches.
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8. Sudan: Sudan actually has more pyramids than Egypt, so this country is definitely on my list of places to visit.
9. I really want to visit more Caribbean islands. Haiti, Trinidad, St. Lucia, Cuba, Jamaica.
Now, I love to travel, but I’m not a fan of flying. In the Caribbean you can island hop by means of a cruise ship. But to be honest, cruising isn’t really my type of vacation. You hardly get enough time to explore the country or the true authentic culture of the people. Unless of course I would somehow be able to rent a yacht, travel from port to port, and explore as long as I wanted to.
Aah,…dreaming doesn’t hurt right?