Some fascinating guest have dropped by to visit this past year. Some of
them wrote books with travel tips as well as travel stories...like William
Langeweische who came by to talk about his book "Sahara Unveiled" and tell
us what we should know if we ever get to the Sahara ourselves.
by William Langewiesche
Rudy: How do you get around the Sahara?
William: Well, with whatever is available. In the Northern Sahara, where there are decent roads, you can travel by communal taxi, the Bush Taxi of Africa.
As you get arther into the desert, the roads disappear, and the desert becomes harsher. You then have to travel either by bus, or by cargo truck.
To travel by cargo truck, you go to the market and wait, sometimes for days. Finally, you find someone who is moving a load of some kind of cargo - it could be
chickens, or dates, or even goats. You talk to the driver, you get a ride and join perhaps 20 or so other people who are also riding in the truck.
And from the driver's point of view, it's a good deal because he has people ready to dig the truck out when it gets stuck. And there, the trucks get stuck all the time.
Sahara Unveiled, by William
Langewiesche is available from Powell's Books.
You can also listen to Rudy's complete interview in Real Audio.