Monday, 19 November 2012

Beginnings - Kipling, Thesiger and Bouvier

Where do you begin after thirty years in remote places with amazing peoples?

The reasons are numerous but in the end it boils down to Kipling who as in many ways hit the nail on the head  'There are two types of men in this world: those who stay home, and those who do not' and as Nicolas Bouvier observed ' You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you'.

Africa  has changed out of all recognition from when I lived in isolation  years ago with the Pokot with only the occasional visit from Wilfred Thesiger  to see if I was still a going concern.

That world  has now long gone, replaced by mobile phones and the internet.  Once it was an ocean of wildlife with islands of people and now the reverse is true.

I remain grateful for the opportunity to have lived with a unique people content in their marginal existence and to have met some truly outstanding individuals along the way.

This blog is really my take on how so much has changed  in a few short decades for so many peoples in the remoter parts of the world.