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The Picador Book of Journeys: Amazon.co.uk: Robyn Davidson Amazon Review Robyn Davidson's selection of travel writing for Journeys: An Anthology is absolutely peerless. The travel writing anthology is a genre that has produced some spectacularly entertaining work (and it has to be said, some fairly workaday stuff). If one were looking for an anthology of evocative travel writing from some of the greatest writers ever to put pen to paper (leavened with contributions from some of the most stellar talents of our own time), this one will be hard to beat.
Gnawa musicians performing in a street in Morocco Gnawa music is a rich repertoire of ancient African Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms. Its well preserved heritage combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing. The music is performed at 'Lila's', entire communal nights of celebration, dedicated to prayer and healing, guided by the Gnawa Maalem and his group of musicians and dancers. Though many of the influences that formed this music can be traced to sub-Saharan West-Africa, its traditional practice is concentrated in Morocco and the Béchar Province in South-western Algeria. The word 'Gnawa', plur. of Gnawi, is taken to be derived from the Hausa-Fulani word "Kanawa" for the residents of Kano, the capital of the Hausa-Fulani Emirate, which was a close ally of Morocco for centuries, religiously, economically, and in matters of defence. Gnawa music
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Link to video: Edgelands: Between the urban and the rural Other nations have their deserts, jungles and tundra, but where is Britain's wilderness? Our countryside has been carefully shaped by human hand. Even our apparently untamed moorlands owe their character to the demands of sheep, deer and grouse production. Yet over the past decade, we have come to recognise a jungle of our own, lurking in the unlikeliest of places. Edgelands: Journeys into England's True Wilderness by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts – review | Books | The Observer
I've spent almost two weeks talking with the guides and locals and wandering around in the mountians alone. Here's what I've learned. Maps The Japanese guy who runs the internet cafe (Papua.com) sells a half decent map of the area. He prints it out on nice photo paper which looks good, but doesn't hold up in rain so I'd make a few photo copies of it. I wouldn't use this alone for trekking around, but its good to give you a basic idea of where you'll be going and it makes a good gift. Baliem Valley - Independent Trekking - Lonely Planet travel forum