I've just been reading this Guardian article about Egypt's condemnation of an EU threat to withdraw from giving aid to the troubled country. In no particular order, here are some thoughts of mine it raised:
This BBC article is interesting.
Incredibly sad how long places like this remain dangerous after war, but fantastic that this organisation is making a lot of headway. Reminds me of Vietnam and Laos - we heard a lot about the problem of remaining landmines there and saw people in the streets who had lost limbs because of them.
Fingers crossed Prince Harry's involvement will bring more attention to the problem everywhere around the world - and encourage those countries that placed those mines, to take some responsibility in getting rid of them.
This MSN list is quite an interesting thing to think about. I'm glad to see Laos on there - and definitely like that Vang Vieng is becoming less popular. I'm sad I've only been to three of them - and two of those are France and Spain, which seem way too close to home to be popular Gap Year destinations. But maybe I'm biased - and bitter about my lack of French/Spanish language skills.
Just been reading this BBC article.
Well this is sad/worrying. Less aid getting to where it's needed, and more fuel for those who don't think the UK should be giving as much/any international aid. Hopefully it's only such big news because it happens rarely.
Having been essentially half-packed for my trip to Berlin and Krakow (in 2 weeks time) for the last month or so, with a neat (ish) pile of guidebooks and clothes stacked up in my room, I've been thinking a lot about packing recently. That probably sounds really boring, but I absolutely love packing. Whether it's for a weekend in Wales, or a month in Honduras, I love getting everything together and buying all the bits that I always feel are essential before I go, and then come to gradually detest as the trip goes on.
Being the boring person that I am, I also like photographic evidence of the packing process. This is everything laid out for my South East Asia trip in 2009. See those bright blue flip-flops? I hate those bright blue flip-flops. They broke after a horrifying caving experience and the subsequent walk back to my kayak in Laos. I will never forgive those flip-flops.
This guy has travelled to every UN-recognised country in four years - without driving himself or flying. Wow.
This is pretty much exactly what I want to be like, although I'd want to do it over a longer time to see more of each country. Also, that bit about wanting his legacy to be the idea that you don't have to be super-rich to travel the world.....all very well if you have £27,000 to spare like he seems to have. ARGHHHHHHH. Travel. Love.
Blog is a bloody stupid word isn't it?