Thompson Jet, TCS Expeditions
January 14 - February 4, 2009

 
ITINERARY
·  Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
·  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
·  Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
·  Swakopmund, Namibia
·  Cape Town, South Africa
·  Ascension Island
·  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
·  Buenos Aires, Argentina
·  Ushuaia, Argentina
·  Punta Arenas, Chile
·  Iguazu Falls, Argentina
·  Panama City, Panama
·  Orlando, Florida
 
 
LECTURES
·  Burkina Faso Country Briefing
·  Black African Kingdoms
·  Natives at the Time of South
· 
African Settlement
·  South Africa Country Briefing
·  Cultural Ties: Africa and South
· 
America
·  Argentina Country Briefing
·  Native Peoples of Patagonia
·  Wonders of Argentina: Culture and
· 
Nature
·  Argentina Country Briefing
 
LINKS
·  TCS Expeditions
·  Trip Specific Photos
 
 
   
Map
   
 

A journey to new places in the world is also a journey into our very being. If we have truly journeyed well, we reach the other side changed. Some of us more, others less. This commentary and the pictures that illustrate it are heavily skewed toward local people struggling to survive, which is a reflection of my own personal journey in life.  Born under bombs, travelling through war torn Europe with parents desperately fighting to survive, scraping out an existence a muddy village outside Athens (now a middle class suburb called Paleo Faliro), buying water when our hand cranked well dried out in the summer months, raising a few rabbits for food that got rabies and had to be killed off… all of that gives me a perspective that is somewhat different but not unique. Sometimes I believe I see with the proverbial “third eye” as the Russians say, which I have always assumed was historically somehow connected to the Third Eye of Shiva in India. That Third Eye sees not with light but with an understanding that is more intuitive and spiritual than intellectual.

For this reason, this travel log focuses more on Africa and less on the glitter of Rio and the seduction of Buenos Aires. I leave it to others to explain those journeys more fully.
 
     

WEST AFRICA - ACCRA TO DAKAR

WEST AFRICA - CAPE TOWN TO ACCRA

RAIN FORESTS AND REEFS

BALTIC

TRACING THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - HAVANA TO ANTIGUA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - PUERTO LIMON TO HAVANA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - BRIDGETOWN TO PUERTO LIMON

LEGENDARY CULTURES

BALTIC ODYSSEY

EXPLORER'S AFRICA, CAPE TOWN TO DAKAR

CHILE TO TAHITI VIA EASTER AND PITCAIRN ISLANDS

AROUND SOUTH AMERICA THROUGH THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2010

VINTAGE EUROPE - LISBON TO PORTSMOUTH

ISLAND DAYS AND ARABIAN NIGHTS - TENERIFE TO LISBON

CHRISTMAS IN THE CARIBBEAN

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2009

TROPICAL WILDLIFE & WONDERS CRUISE

ANCIENT POLYNESIA, CIVILIZATIONS PROGRAM

CAPE TO CAPE

CALLAO, PERU TO PUERTO MONTT, CHILE

CULTURE & NATURE, PANAMA CANAL TO LIMA, PERU

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2008