Nicky McLean Travel Articles

 
A Slow Train or Three Across Nigeria (2 of 9)
Second: Kaduna to Kano 140 miles in 5 hours for 120 Naira Kaduna is not such a pleasant city now, due to the usual fervid growth, but it does have a letter for me at Poste Restante so the system does work after all. At the railway station there is not much happening. Some fellows […]
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Puerto Natales – Puerto Montt, Chile
Nicky McLean describes the three days aboard the f
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A Trek in Dogon Country #1 – Mopti, Mali, South Africa
A Trek in Dogon Country #1 – Mopti, Mali, South Africa The prime attraction in West Africa.
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Xanadu (5 of 5)
As yesterday, I emerge into the dawn gloom at about six twenty, with activity in the streets and buses in motion. Indeed, one is leaving even as I cross the street, but when I mention Peking, the driver motions me to the terminal building. Within, the ticket office ladies nominate a bus to some illegible […]
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Xanadu (4 of 5)
Xanadu (4 of 5) It is however, no ordinary embankment, but the remains of the walls and towers that girdled round twice five miles… Yes… this is the place. I go out into the bitter wind, and besides the track are stone pillars on which I recognize both Mongolian, and the ideograms for Shangdu. So here we are. The […]
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Xanadu (2 of 5)
Sunday starts with a delay over depositing the Green Toad (my backpack) in the baggage room, so a city bus to the railway station would risk missing my 8:50 train. The assistants normally lurking around the gates are absent but a small taxi delivers some Chinese so he gets an immediate refill, and only charges […]
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Xanadu (1 of 5)
Xanadu (1 of 5) Using local transport to visit Kublai Khan's summe
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Terjit Oasis: Greenery in the Heart of the Desert
(2 of 4)
Terjit Oasis: Greenery in the Heart of the Desert(2 of 4) Ampara at the foot of the cliff Lunch is in the form of a platter of spaghetti: tomato and onion and the usual tough meat. Afterwards, we lounge on mattresses, picking soft sweet tree-ripened dates from a bowl and sipping beautiful cold clear clean water taken straight from a bucket placed beneath the cliff’s overhang […]
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Terjit Oasis: Greenery in the Heart of the Desert
(1 of 4)
Terjit Oasis: Greenery in the Heart of the Desert(1 of 4) Greenery in the heart of the Mauritanian desert.
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Terjit Oasis: Greenery in the Heart of the Desert
(3 of 4)
Terjit Oasis: Greenery in the Heart of the Desert (3 of 4) Around three p.m., after the full ferocity of the sun had eased, I stroll to the village for a look around. The Land Rover is there, but there is no other sign of life. Some kids gather around me, especially a little girl who wants many lifts up, and more swing-arounds. The Land Rover is […]
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