“بين الأحباب تساقط الآداب”
“Among Friends Formalities Are Dropped” - Sudanese Proverb
They say a picture paints a thousand words, well not this one. Having stared at the same unremarkable photo on his grandparent’s wall for years, Andy was surprised to discover not only was this picture taken in Sudan, but also the slightly dusty and angry looking man holding a bicycle was in fact his Great Grandfather – a revelation which could only lead to one thing.
Following in Family Footsteps is the story of how an old sepia photograph inspired a three-month adventure following 80-year-old family footprints through the mountains and deserts of East Africa. As well as negotiating sandstorms, pool sharks, rogue bus drivers, active volcanoes, and some of the hottest temperatures the planet has to offer, this is also the story of an often-misunderstood corner of Africa through the eyes of two people generations apart.
Following in family footsteps blog posts
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Following Family Footsteps Gallery
Travelling overland always gives you an up-close-and-personal look at the changes in the environments you’re travelling through, and the changes on this trip were extreme: from the lofty Simien Mountains, to one of the hottest and lowest places on the planet, with the Nubian desert thrown in for good measure. Add to that mix erupting volcanoes, the world’s longest river, fascinating characters and traditional culture, and you have yourself and incredibly beautiful part of the world - the above gallery is my humble attempt at capturing some of it.
following family footsteps talks
Have you enjoyed reading about this adventure? Do you want to hear more? I regularly speak to schools, groups and organisations about how this trip came about, how the adventure unfolded, and the stories about the places I saw, the people I met, and what I learnt along the way. If you’re interested in organising a talk for your own group or organisation, then please send me an email - I’m always keen to tell my stories if people want to hear them!