The equator can be described as a “lion” running through the middle of Africa. This pun is no lie as the continent is teeming with wildlife. There is no better place on earth than Africa to go on safari and get close to animals in their natural environment. It’s also where you can feel the world’s finest, golden sand; hear extraordinary languages and waterfalls; taste superb wines and exotic meats; smell ripe fruits by day and fire pits by night; and see evidence of isolated evolution (think lemurs). Africa is nature’s paradise with the call of the wild in spite of rapid development and population growth in several areas. It is geographically diverse from the Sahara Desert to tropical rain forests and has a plethora of natural resources from cocoa to diamonds.

Due to all of Africa’s 54 countries being colonized by Europeans (1870 to as late as 1980) except Ethiopia (though occupied by Italy for four years), its cultures and some languages are hybrids. Africa has around 2,000 languages, accounting for a third of all on earth, so it takes the oral tradition seriously.

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Colors of Culture Around Taroudant, Morocco

Morocco is a colorful country as represented by souks, covered markets that are full of life, grit and magic. It’s also culturally vibrant with Berber and Arab influences, plus membership in both the African Union and Arab League. On a recent trip to Taroudant, a walled city east of Agadir, I was reminded of the country’s colors of culture and Berber past.

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Unlike Australia, Antarctica is only a continent, not also a country. That’s because it does not have sovereignty, a government, a political system, an army or a permanent population.