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Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu…ok be honest, did you even know it existed? A survey from 2006 recorded that out of 150 young Britons 38% didn’t even know it existed and 68% thought it was a “mythical” place.  The reason for its mythical status started when European explores returned from Timbuktu with great excitement, stating that it was a mysterious place with buildings rising up from the ground. Eventually it gained popularity as a metaphor for a faraway place used in media such as the musical Oliver!: “Go to Timbuktu? And Back Again!” As a city, Timbuktu gained UNESCO status because of its mosques and their importance in the early Islamization in Africa as well as the use of traditional building techniques. Most of the town is built out of sand and, with the town being surrounded by the Sahara Desert, is in danger of being completely engulfed by sand and lost forever. So quick, let’s get shipped off to Timbuktu and explore this historical place!

-Ryan

"For some people, when you say ‘Timbuktu’ it is like the end of the world, but that is not true. I am from Timbuktu, and I can tell you that we are right at the heart of the world." - Ali Farka Touré

First and Last Photo by: rajarajaraja

Second Photo by: hf oz

Third Photo by: sharkski



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