adventurer completes 625-mile hitch-hike across Angola
adventurer and historian Michael Turner has returned from a 625-mile
hitch hike across Angola.
Michael, 59, hitch-hiked from the Namibe Desert north to
the Savannah Grasslands around the capital city of Luanda in South-West
has spent much of his life travelling and writing about the British
explorer Sir Francis Drake - and the latest trip was organised
to take photos of an area where Drake sailed by.
It comes despite the British Embassy saying he is the only UK
traveller that they'd heard of as everyone else are workers.
Michael told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I felt a sense of isolation
which began on the flight as all the passengers were Vietnamese
or Chinese oil, gas or construction workers and I was the oldest
passenger by far."
"There is no tourism in Angola and it is one of the most
expensive countries in the world where the cost of living is twice
that of Britain. It is demoralising paying for expensive poverty."
Angolans told me it was miraculous that I could live off less
than £90 per day."
Michael was in Angola to photograph coastal profiles for his
website indrakeswake.co.uk that were noted on Sir Francis Drakes
world voyage between 1577-80.
Michael said: "The hitch-hiking was a success due to the
curiosity, respect and help from the Angolans when faced with
the only foreign backpacking hitch-hiker."
"I have recently hitch-hiked in Nepal, Oman Djibouti, Eritrea,
Paraguay and to Timbuktu in Mali."