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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

Paul lived and taught in Africa during his youthful years. After thirty-five years, he returns to Africa – traversing from Cairo to the cape of Africa in smelly matatus (mini-buses), taxis, cattle trucks, canoes, and a ferry for this travelogue. Starting off by engaging in touristy activities in Cairo, where the locals don’t consider themselves part of Africa because they believe Africa is underdeveloped and dangerous. He traveled through the remotest villages and occasionally made quick stops in the cities, authentically sharing his experiences and stories. Paul does take the reader on the road less traveled in Africa, a road …

Talking to Strangers: What we should know about the people we don’t know – Malcolm Gladwell

This book provides a detailed analysis of the different aspects of our interactions with strangers by using real-life events from the news that occurred at various points in time. Examples include the Cuban spy that spent so many years undetected at one of the USA’s most secure agencies – the pentagon; the man who brought down a hedge-fund giant at wall street to the university student that meets a lady at a party and ends up in police custody.  How we interact with new people in our daily lives and throughout history is essential, and our first impressions of those …