Sunday, September 2, 2018

BW36: Nomadic September in the heat

Sahara Desert - Courtesy of Bon Traveler

Welcome to Nomadic September where we will journey through the Sahara, the world's third largest desert in search of adventure. The Sahara measures 3,320,000 square miles in Northern Africa, stretching from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, and runs through Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia. From the ancients to the culture and politics of the present, there are many rabbit trails to enjoy.

Sahara Desert 


Falling in barren plains
No traces of rain in arid lands
Only footprints of spirits
Haunting their own shadows
Begging the questions
Left unanswered
By words buried into cracks

Under the unforgiving sun
And burning heat
Of the Sahara Desert
Even a cactus will bloom 
For a day and then it's done
None escape the desolate wilderness
The undulating waves of sand

Nothing but the echoes
Of passing storms
And the sounds of thunder
Remain above the surface
Of the vast emptiness

We'll also follow in the footsteps of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and/or Chinua Achebe. We'll learn more about both these fabulous authors as Chimamanda reminisces about the coincidence of growing up in Achebe's house as well as discussing Chinua Achebe at 82: “We Remember Differently”

The Blossom Bookology flower of the month is the Egyptian Lotus which is the the national flower of Egypt. You need only spell out Lotus. There are a number of directions to go for this month's challenge. Read one book per letter using either the title and/or the first or last name of the author. Yes, you can mix it up. You may read a book with the name of the flower, color of the flower in the title, or on the cover. Another possibility is a book which takes place in the time period or flower's country of origin or has some cultural significance and/or symbolism of the flower. The choices are unlimited.

For those on the Brit Trip bus, our journey on Akeman Street is taking us to Wiltshire. Wiltshire has an interesting history with canals as a method of transportation, the predecessor to trains for mass goods transportation.

Rabbit trails: Wilton Windmill.

Have fun exploring!


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting! Enjoyed your post. I didn't realize the Sahara Desert went through so many countries. That's amazing!


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