The Art of Travel in West Africa
Truly, I have no clear explanation of what that title is suppose to mean, yet I know this, it is cliché enough to be said by a Travel Writer, we are the champions of cliché writing. The truth is travel is just living life while moving from location to location, trying to minimize the discomfort.
What does the dictionary have to say about art, well quite a bit, here is the number seven and eight in the list that best describes the cliché above?
Techniques or craft: the set of techniques used by somebody in a particular field, or the use of those techniques, the ability: the skill or ability to do something well.
This is where I now eat Breakfast daily; I call it the Irma Restaurant.
"I made an obvious good decision by going to this restaurant."
Grand Bassam, Quartier Françoise
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa --- Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is Frederick; I tried many times to get a truly good photo of his "Bloated Belly." STOP his belly is not bloated, but that is what all the cliché people of the planet want you to believe, that some reason Black People are diseased in Africa.
"I made an obvious good decision, ignore all NGO’s, they sell lies for donations."
Kelly taking a photo of two children with a cell phone.
"I made an obvious good decision to take this photo."
Kelly is a cute girl; this little girl is a smile on steroids, an amazing amount of energy packed into one small midget person.
"I made an obvious good decision by absorbing the energy."
Art is the skill or ability to do something well.
The Art of Travel is to make decisions that are obviously good. There are people who want to come to Africa to save Africa, I think they should come to Africa to be saved.
Thanks Chuck, it is paradoxical the only simple title for my profession is "Travel Writer," and in reality I feel insulted when grouped or compared to Travel Writers. I personally have more respect for Soap Opera writers, there is more reality involved.
There is no art of travel, no secrets to travel, it is all common sense. A person does not need to learn how to travel to travel well, they need to learn how to LIVE well. Everything else will fall into place after this. Once a traveler realizes that they live where they put their feet, everything is basic from here on out:
Would I let someone bully me into giving them money in my hometown? No.
Would I let a taxi driver or a shopkeeper in the USA rip me off? No.
Would I go walking into a dark alley with a stranger in my home country? No.
Would I pay to live in a flophouse where I come from? No.
Would I allow myself to pay more for a bus than the rest of the passengers? No.
Do I feel as if I need to work to stay healthy and active in my country? Yes.
Once you live by the same cautionary and living strategies as where you come from while traveling abroad, then there is no longer any need to consult some source or book trying to teach the art of travel.
The art of travel this and that are just catchphrases to sell something to someone who already knows what they purchase. But many people make money from selling the art of travel.