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Swahili for the Broken-hearted - Peter Moore

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Genre: Travel / Author: Peter Moore / Paperback / 336 Pages / Book is published 2003-05-01 by Bantam Books

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      16.03.2010 18:12
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      In the face of greater adversity than a broken heart, life should really be lived.

      "Q: What do you do when you're dumped by the Girl Next Door? A: Throw yourself into another madcap adventure and travel from Cape Town to Cairo." After breaking up with the GND (Girl Next Door), his travelling companion on his last trip, Peter Moore thinks it would be a fantastic idea to travel to the dark and dangerous continent of Africa to forgot about his woes at home. Travelling from Cape Town to Cairo overland, Peter finds himself falling in love with the beautiful city of Cape Town, the friendly locals in run-down townships, the huge game reserves, towering Mount Kilimanjaro and the awesome pyramids of Egypt. But amidst all the beauty and adventure, Peter finds himself in the middle of political and civil wars, natural disasters and deathly diseases. Travelling alone, Peter has to face the good and the bad, but he does it in such a way that makes you just want to get up and live life for yourself. ~ My opinion ~ For our upcoming overlanding trip across Africa, I thought it would be very interesting and helpful to read about someone else's experiences of a similar trip. Looking both in shops and online I was so surprised at how many books there were about people's travels in Africa but this one sounded by far the best. Peter Moore is an Australian whose job is to travel the world and then write about it - one of the best jobs in the world, me thinks! He has written about his other adventures but I was only really interested in this one as he went on almost exactly the same journey as we're doing but in the opposite direction. I was so excited to start reading this and from the moment I picked it up and began reading the first page I couldn't put it down. Moore writes in such a great way that just has you hooked and his writing style is very easy to get into. He goes into a bit of detail about most of the places he visits telling us the background of the country or town. These are the kind of things that include history, politicians and leaders of the countries as well as how the country has been effected by certain things. Usually this would bore the hell out of me (as it did when reading my Lonely Planet guide) but it's something that you really need to know about before visiting some places in Africa. But he manages to sum it up in a way that gives you all the information you need to know at the same time as being interesting. Despite him coming face-to-face with quite a bit of danger, which I'll admit is something that I'm a little worried about myself, he's made me feel much more confident about Africa. Although there obviously are a lot of dangers there, every single local that he met was nothing but friendly and welcoming to him and the positives of his trip far outweighed the negatives. He seems to deal with everything with such a laid-back and happy-go-lucky attitude that you can't help but enjoy his adventures with him. He is also a very humorous writer and he had me laughing out loud in so many places whether it was from the ways of the different African cultures around him or from his reactions to the different cultures. Much of the humour though is based very specifically on certain cultures and ways of life and I only really understood a lot of it because I've researched a lot into where we're going. I think someone who doesn't know much about the continent and countries of Africa wouldn't find it quite as funny but it is still a very interesting and enjoyable read nonetheless. Personally, I would have liked the book to have been a bit longer with much more detail packed in, but that's just because I'm going there myself and also because I didn't want the book to end. Having read this, even though I've either already travelled to or am not planning on travelling to some of the other places he's written about, I am definitely going to be reading his other books as they are just so entertaining and informative. I'm even more excited about our trip now!!

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