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Blogs to love: Globetrotters

August 8, 2010

This is the first in a series of posts about “blogs to love.” Each week, I will present a couple of sites covering a similar topic that I like to read. Since I always enjoy coming across new interesting places on the Web, I finally wanted to make use of all these bookmarks and share them here.

To start off, here are three sites of fabulous travellers who are causing me some serious “Fernweh” (German word meaning the opposite of homesick; literally, “awaysick”) with their adventures.

Until 2009, Nicolas Rapp was an Art Director for the Associated Press in New York City. Then he decided to drive around the world in his Toyota truck. He chronicles this “year of living dangerously” on his blog, Trans World Expedition. Being a former art director, cool graphics accompany his posts from Colombia, Tanzania or the United Arab Emirates. Next up on his ambitious route: Pakistan and India.

The Nasir-Ol-Molk Mosque prayer hall in Iran. Photo by Nicholas Rapp, click on picture for article.

My wonderful friend Jacquelyn Ryan is currently reporting in South Africa for the non-profit investigative Health-E News Service. On her tumblr blog, My Solo Project, she tells of the everyday obstacles of reporting in a third world country, from world cup feaver to broken down cars. Colorful photos show South Africa’s vibrant side from Johannesburg to Durban (and I can’t wait for pictures from her shark dives!).

Melville, Johannesburg

Melville, Johannesburg - Picture by Jacquelyn Ryan

The charming Lauren Bohn is currently studying Arabic in Cairo as a Fulbright fellow. When she’s not sending me transatlantic care packages, Lauren is posting a “pic of the day” through her twitter @LaurenBohn, where you can follow her adventures and the news on the Middle East she shares. Like Lauren, more U.S. college students are discovering Arabic and developing a serious interest in the Middle East, writes the New York Times.

One of Lauren's pictures from Cairo.

Another fellow Medillian, Cat Rabestine, is currently teaching journalism to Palestinians. On her site, she writes about life Without A Map, reports from the West Bank, shares photographs and videos, and adds links to news reports to her personal, on-the-ground experience.


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