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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A good day in Tripoli / Leptis Magna & Sahara tomorrow

We had a wonderful day after Gary finally got his visa. We spent a good time along both the rocky coast and fine sandy beaches of Tripoli ¨C Libya clearly has a future if it decides to develop a beach tourism industry like Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Later, Kenneth¡¯s friendly Libyan business associate Abdulla brought us to the seafood market where we had very fresh seafood and a good chat about many aspects about life in Libya. This is a country with enormous potential but very misunderstood by most of the world due to the various events of the last few decades. Abdulla had spoken in seminars in Europe about Libya and had met cynics who highlighted all sorts of perceived problems in Libya, to which Abdulla responded that he would be very afraid to return to Libya if what they said were true.
Tomorrow, we will visit the ancient city of Leptis Magna, one of the Roman World¡¯s greatest (but relatively unknown to most people today) cities, about 2 hours east of Tripoli. In the evening, we will fly to Sabha in the Sahara Desert and spend the next one week in that remote region. Internet access may be very limited in that region. Therefore, do not surprise if you do not hear from me for the next one week.

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