Backpacking in Mauritania: Riding The Iron Ore Train From Choum to Nouadhibou

“Runaway train never going back. Wrong way on a one way track” – Soul Asylum. Having watched many Michael Palin documentaries down the years, I always envied his journeys. He did them in mostly pre-internet days. Back thence, visas were tough and we needed to be embassy-loyal. Booking accommodation could, at best, be organised by Read more about Backpacking in Mauritania: Riding The Iron Ore Train From Choum to Nouadhibou[…]

How to get a Mauritania Visa On Arrival At Noukachott International Airport

How to get a Mauritania Visa On Arrival At Noukachott International Airport

  My arrival into Mauritania in July 2022 was a completely spontaneous accident, it was another completely wacaday journey for me. I was supposed to be in Poland. But my lifestyle has never been predictable or obvious. Here I was in The Sahara Desert again. This defied belief yet one more time, and proof that Read more about How to get a Mauritania Visa On Arrival At Noukachott International Airport[…]

Stopover in Nouakchott, Mauritania: One of the Few Places I've Been To But Never Seen

Stopover in Nouakchott, Mauritania: One of the Few Places I’ve Been But Never Seen

** As of July 2022 I have since backpacked through Mauritania. It’s 5 am on a Monday morning in May 2016 and I land in the city of Nouakchott, Mauritania. I touch my face just to check it’s real. Yes, I’m here. I’m really here. I am in Mauritania. I have landed by aeroplane in Read more about Stopover in Nouakchott, Mauritania: One of the Few Places I’ve Been But Never Seen[…]