I’m certain I’m in Sert where the kernel was born.

What I meant was Sert where the Colonel (Giddafi) was born as that other sort of kernel is a nut.
He has lots of huge photos of (surprise surprise) himself around the country and the years of his reign is advertised every-where.

What we have found here is incredible honesty and that has been wonderful after the graft and corruption we experienced in Egypt.

There are loads of flash cars and mercs and many of the top European brands are out at speed on the roads. They pass you with a few inches to spare and often have had cameras in their hand to take photos of the tourists while driving and passing. How so many people survive a day on these roads is a wonder. There is the other extreme too and not too much trickle down of wealth to the poorer folk.

The most memorable thing about this place will be the garbage. How have so few people (5 million) managed to create such a shit hole of filth??? It is piled along most highways and blows across the desert, they throw it out of cars and pile waste everywhere around housing.

You would never want to buy a plastic bottle again if you came here.

3 Responses to I’m certain I’m in Sert where the kernel was born.

  1. Matthias October 22, 2007 at 11:03 pm #

    I wish we could all see the piles of bottles and stuff along the Lybian highway, so take lots of pictures and show them upon your return. I’m sure in NZ, with a similar population, we produce a similar amount of garbage, we’re just better at hiding it. And why would we be any better, we’ve got our own share of kernels in higher places 🙂

    I enjoy your adventures immensely; return safely to tell the story!


    (Met J&G in Nelson, J at the Burt Munro Challenge last year. BTW, it’s coming up again this year, http://burtmunrochallenge.southlandnz.com/, will u b back in time?)

  2. Peter I. (Napier) October 24, 2007 at 8:17 pm #

    I drove thru Libya in 1970 and the country was covered in rubbish and crap even then. They must have dumping down to a fine art by now!
    Us 4-lads were planning to drive our Land-Rover south the same route you took north. We were unable to enter Egypt, due to the recent 6-Day War then, so we drove south via Algeria across the Sahara then thru the Congo etc to Sth Africa.
    Doubt if it would be possible to follow our route now!
    Looking foreward to your Africa presentation in Napier after you return to Godzone.
    ATB, Peter I.

  3. DI MCKee October 25, 2007 at 11:11 am #

    Just read your “On the road to Wadi Haifa”

    What is it about tropical countries and the colour TEAL paint ??
    Love the blurbs you pen

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